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Fuschillo Departure Poses “Existential” Threat To Senate Republicans

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News

State Sen. Charles Fuschillo’s abrupt departure from elected office could set up an epic battle between Republicans, who have held all the state Senate seats in Nassau and Suffolk counties as the “Long Island Nine,” and Democrats, who have long hoped that demographic shifts would create an opening there. Fuschillo is a moderate suburban Republican who was popular with his constituents and won re-election easily, even though the district has more Democrats (84,158) than Republicans (77,444). “As long as he was… [More]

Meet the City Council’s New Members

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in News

Profiles by Jon Lentz, Morgan Pehme and Nick Powell Photos Courtesy of Council Members’ Websites and Facebook Pages Steven Matteo Vanessa Gibson Carlos Menchaca Ritchie Torres Helen Rosenthal Laurie Cumbo Mark Treyger Daneek Miller Andrew Cohen Antonio Reynoso Chaim Deutsch Corey Johnson Rafael Espinal Robert Cornegy Jr. Costa Constantinides Alan Maisel Paul Vallone Rory Lancman Ben Kallos Inez Barron Mark Levine… [More]

Rival to Challenge Kellner Again, This Time for Assembly Seat

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Daily, News

Ed Hartzog, who ran against Assemblyman Micah Kellner in a New York City Council race this year, will run against him again next year, this time in a bid to oust the state lawmaker from elected office. Hartzog, who came in third behind Kellner and eventual winner Ben Kallos in the Democratic primary for a Council district on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, filed this month to run for Kellner’s Assembly seat in 2014. “After that race, I took some time, talked… [More]

Contesting for a Casino

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Racing/Wagering

Here’s an early look at the potential bidders for one of four full-fledged casino licenses in New York, which will be limited to three regions in the state: the Southern Tier, the Capital Region, including Albany and Saratoga Springs, and the Catskills–Hudson Valley.… [More]

Bus Rapid Transit Touted as Way to Connect New York City’s “Two Cities”

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, News, Transportation

New York City Councilwoman Letitia James has seen firsthand the need for better mass transit. The Brooklyn Navy Yard development in her district is an important economic engine, but it is “inaccessible” to workers who don’t live nearby, James said. The district, which includes parts of Fort Greene and Bedford Stuyvesant, has been “ground zero for gentrification and displacement,” as low-income individuals retreat to neighborhoods with few subway connections. At the same time, the city faces the twin challenges of… [More]

Last Read – December 11, 2013

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Uncategorized

LAST LOOK: Ignazio Marino, the mayor of Rome, Italy, discusses the challenges facing his city and what he hopes to learn from meeting with New York City leaders about healthcare, development and transportation in a video interview with Morgan Pehme and Alexis Grenell:   QUOTE OF THE DAY: “All this sort of stuff has been going on forever. Essentially, this is the same old infrastructure and pork barrel surrounded by an Academy Awards-style production.” – The Empire Center for… [More]

Class Act: A Q&A With Charles Grodin

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Interviews

Charles Grodin first achieved fame as an actor, appearing in such films as Catch-22, Midnight Run and Beethoven, which led to regular appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and a career as a TV host and political commentator. Out of the spotlight Grodin has spearheaded efforts to defend the poor and to reform the criminal justice system, among them playing a key role in the repeal of the Rockefeller drug laws in New York State. City & State… [More]