Author Archive

The Calculating Clown

Written by City & State on . Posted in News & Features

Council Member Simcha Felder's (D-Brooklyn) emergence as City Hall's undisputed comedic heavyweight could seem a dubious honor.

His favorite joke, though, is short and sweet:

"That I'm a councilman," he admitted recently, sitting in his legislative office at 250 Broadway.

The City Council was...… [More]

Lens Crafters

Written by City & State on . Posted in News & Features



Job security can be rare in politics, but Marla Maritzer has been taking pictures for the New York City Comptroller's office since Alan Hevesi (D) was in charge. Eleven years later, she is still photographing the comptroller—now Bill Thompson (D)—and people still...… [More]

Gang of One

Written by City & State on . Posted in News & Features

Right before Rep. Charlie Rangel's (D) April 4 book signing event at the Lincoln Center Barnes & Noble began, former Mayor David Dinkins (D) sat alone in a pale green room off stage. Two neat stacks of books waiting to be autographed were piled on a table with the face of his longtime friend, the...… [More]

Goodman Retools Battle for New U.N. Building

Written by City & State on . Posted in News & Features

Even the secretary general of the United Nations is impressed by how Roy Goodman just keeps going.

Goodman, a longtime Republican state senator from Manhattan's East Side who now serves as the president and CEO of the United Nations Development Corporation, held a Feb. 27 luncheon for Ban Ki-Moon at the 21 Club. Audience members were clearly moved to hear the secretary-general speak of how he is personally inspired to see Goodman, who sometimes uses a scooter to get around,… [More]