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]

Union Leaders Mixed on Linn and Brezenoff Appointments

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, Latest, News

Two of Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s five latest appointments, Robert Linn, the city’s new director of labor relations, and Stanley Brezenoff, who will advise First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris in an unpaid role, received a mixed response from some city union leaders who are hoping that the two government veterans will settle the outstanding municipal labor contracts with the city. Both Linn and Brezenoff worked under former Mayor Ed Koch in different roles, with Brezenoff serving as Koch’s deputy mayor… [More]

Council Spox Jamie McShane To Join REBNY

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, News & Features, Other News

Jamie McShane, the longtime director of communications for the New York City Council, will join the Real Estate Board of New York in a similar capacity. McShane will become senior vice president of communications, a newly created management-level position, and will be REBNY’s point person in dealing with the media, REBNY President Steven Spinola announced in a statement. “Jamie brings to REBNY a tremendous level of experience dealing with communications and public policy,” Spinola said. “He will be an asset… [More]

Haot Hire Could Mean Overhaul of NYS Gov Website

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town

With Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s appointment of Rachel Haot as deputy secretary for technology, the state’s web presence could be in for a makeover. Haot brings with her nearly two years of experience as New York City’s chief digital officer, including developing a cross-agency digital road map and leading the overhaul of the city’s NYC.gov website. In announcing the appointment, Cuomo said he is confident that Haot can help lead the state’s digital presence to the next level. To do so, she’ll join the… [More]

Report Aims To Remind De Blasio of His Policing Promises

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Public Safety

After meeting with incoming New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton last Thursday, Communities United for Police Reform is releasing a report today, outlining policy priorities intended to help the incoming Mayor-elect de Blasio fulfill his campaign pledges on safety and policing. Specifically, the report urges Bratton to reject “strategies that rely on discrimination,” such as stop-and-frisk quotas and the surveillance of Muslims. The report also calls on de Blasio to discontinue the Bloomberg administration’s legal challenges to the Floyd decision, which would… [More]

Paulin Pushing Safe Weapon Storage Act

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News

AmyPaulin New York may have one of the toughest pieces of anti-gun legislations in the nation, but Assemblywoman Amy Paulin wants to go further. Paulin, whose district is in Westchester County, is proposing the Safe Weapon Storage Act, which would require all gun owners to either lock their guns in a safe or put locking devices on them when the gun isn’t in the owner’s immediate possession. The current law requires safe storage of firearms if an owner lives with someone who has been… [More]

City Council Passes New Lobbying Law Building On Previous Reforms

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News

In today’s stated meeting, the New York City Council voted to pass lobbying reform legislation that builds on laws it passed in 2006. The 2006 lobbying laws, which were proposed by Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, required that the City Clerk educate lobbyists on existing regulations and undertake random audits to ensure that lobbyists who also raise money for candidates or serve as political consultants are reporting their activities properly. They also banned gifts from lobbyists to elected… [More]

Goo-Goos: A Penny A Day Keeps Corruption Away

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Heard Around Town, News

The Fair Elections campaign, a bipartisan coalition of good government activists gathered on the steps of City Hall Wednesday to kick off the “Penny-A-Day Keeps Corruption Away” campaign supporting the Moreland Commission’s recommendation in its preliminary report for comprehensive campaign finance reform. The campaign highlights the fact that the cost of public financing and enforcement is roughly $3 per New Yorker a year, while the cost of ending what the campaign deems “legal bribery” amounts to billions of taxpayer dollars. At the… [More]

De Blasio Meets with Assembly Democrats about Pre-K Proposal

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Heard Around Town, Latest, News, Other News, Transportation

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio met with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a contingent of Assembly Democrats at Silver’s annual holiday luncheon this afternoon. The topic? De Blasio’s signature policy idea: raising taxes on the wealthiest New York City residents to pay for a universal preschool and afterschool program. “It was very warmly received by the Assembly members,” de Blasio said after the meeting. “A lot of energy, a lot of willingness to help us make this a… [More]

Scott Levenson Attended July Party Supporting Dickens Speaker Bid

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News

Scott Levenson, the president and founder of the consulting firm Advance Group, attended a party over the summer held for City Councilwoman Inez Dickens, the purpose of which was to “reelect Inez Dickens, Assistant Deputy Majority Leader to the City Council, and to insure that she is the next NYC Council Speaker,” according to a July report published in the New York Beacon, a Manhattan-based weekly newspaper. Levenson has recently stated that he and the Advance Group are “helping” Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito… [More]