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Upper West Siders Optimistic About a De Blasio Mayoralty

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Five Borough Ballot, Latest, Manhattan

Upper West Siders are sure who is going to win today—and they turned out to vote for him. Customers at Artie’s Deli on 83rd and Broadway are overwhelmingly supporting Bill de Blasio for mayor and were eager to bubble in his name on Tuesday. “I think he’s great,” Paul Hogan, an Artie’s diner said. “He’s an exceptionally good candidate. He’s a serious, lifelong political activist, unlike most of the mediocrities running for office. They’re all about, ‘Vote for me, because… [More]

Speaking of Which: Sheldon Silver, the Scandals and Succession

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in News

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is firmly entrenched in Albany—but for how long? (Photo: New York NOW Flickr) Many ambitious children say they want to be president when they grow up. Other politically savvy youngsters fantasize no less ambitiously about going to Congress, or becoming a senator or governor. But no child dreams of one day being Speaker of the New York State Assembly. The speakership is a job that finds you. You must serve in the chamber, sometimes for decades,… [More]

Rumors Swirl Around Lt. Gov. Departure and Possible Replacements

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, News

Speculation is swirling in Albany that Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy may leave the Cuomo administration next year for a job running the Rochester Business Alliance. Duffy did little to dismiss the rumor, telling Gannett Albany that he would address his political plans at an appropriate time in the future. Among the names floating about as a possible replacement for the LG if he bolts are Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Leecia Eve, formerly one of Cuomo’s top deputies; however, a… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Edgar Santana

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Rising Stars

Age: 35  |  Position: Construction Market Representative, Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust Politics did not come naturally to Edgar Santana. Santana grew up in a nonpolitical household the Bronx, went to college at Fordham and volunteered for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign before he got his first major political gig working for the state Democratic Party. He quickly was drawn to union culture thanks to his boss, Raymond Pocino, who would become a mentor. “I look up to the guy. He’s been in… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Amy Spitalnick

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Rising Stars

Age: 27  |  Position: Communications Director, Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate Amy Spitalnick, a Lynbrook native and new Brooklyn resident, was the force behind the media side of state Sen. Daniel Squadron’s public advocate campaign, firing out press releases and debate fact checks with a fury that rivals most mayoral campaigns. And she loved the work. “He 100 percent believes in everything he does,” Spitalnick said of Squadron. “As a spokesperson who gets to work for someone who you believe in, it… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Dixon Deutsch

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Rising Stars

Age: 34  |  Position: Executive Director, NYC Special Education Collaborative Working in special education requires patience and kindness. The Texas native and University of Texas grad has both those qualities. Still, he recognized early in his educational career with Teach for America and at Achievement First, a charter school network, that he needed an array of other skills to help his students. “The challenging part of being a teacher was frustration with my own lack of knowledge of how to work with… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Andrew Friedman

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Rising Stars

Age: 35  |  Position: Deputy Communications Director, Attorney General Andrew Friedman knows what the most stressful job is in New York City. He just left it. Friedman was an assignment manager for WCBS-TV for the past 12 years after doing similar stints at Fox 5 and WNBC. “It’s a very thrilling job,” he said. “Any adrenaline junkie would be hard-pressed to find a more exciting job in either journalism or politics than running an assignment desk.” On a normal news day, when… [More]

2013 New York City Rising Stars: Jennifer Fermino

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Features, Rising Stars

Age: 39  |  Position: City Hall Bureau Chief, New York Daily News Jennifer Fermino has tabloids in her blood. She started at the New York Post two days after Christmas in 2001 as a copy kid, earning about $7 an hour on the 5 p.m.-to-midnight shift. Her first byline, only four months after 9/11, was about an alarm that went off in a building across the street from the Post. Her first cover story had more bite. “They sent me to New… [More]