Astorino Fires Back At Website Questioning His Whereabouts

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, News

The Westchester County Democratic Committee is wondering where in the world County Executive Rob Astorino is. The Democrats launched a website,, questioning the time he has spent outside of Westchester County and the state since his re-election and the start of his new term. When asked about the web site on Wednesday, Astorino quickly shifted the topic to the current governor’s whereabouts. “I’m waiting for the dropdown box on that website to show where Cuomo has gone for his $50,000-a-plate Hollywood fundraiser… [More]

Q Poll: Clinton and Cuomo Would Both Top Christie for President

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

In a potential 2016 presidential primary fight between heavyweight New York Democrats, the latest Quinnipiac poll shows that Hillary Clinton holds the edge over Gov. Andrew Cuomo—at least in terms of favorability. Clinton holds a 65-30 percent total favorability rating and leads in every other category, except among Republicans. Cuomo holds a 59-28 total favorability rating. Voters were also asked who would be their presidential pick between Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and between Cuomo and Christie. Christie… [More]

City & State TV: Ruben Diaz Jr.

Written by Michael Gareth Johnson on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Latest, News, Video

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. discusses several recent political developments in an interview with C&S Editor Morgan Pehme, including the potential primary challenge Rep. Jose Serrano could face this year and the decision by freshman New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres to publicly break with Bronx lawmakers and back Melissa Mark-Viverito for Council Speaker. As City & State reported last week, several Bronx Democrats say there is a groundswell of opposition to Rep. Jose Serrano and at least three names… [More]

Díaz, Palma Critical Of Rep. Jose Serrano; Primary Challenge Possible [UPDATED]

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

Bronx Rep. Jose Serrano has served in the House of Representatives for nearly 25 years without so much as a threat to his incumbency, with his lowest vote percentage being 64 percent in 1992. However, several Bronx political sources say that there is a groundswell of opposition forming against Serrano, with several names being floated as potential primary challengers for Serrano in this year’s election, including state Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz, City Councilwoman Annabel Palma, and Assemblyman Marcos Crespo. Reached… [More]

Family Supports Trump Run For Gov

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

Donald Trump, who has been flirting with a gubernatorial bid in New York, has yet to decide if he will challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But if the businessman and TV reality show host listens to his family, he may be persuaded to jump into the race. “We have the privilege of working for him every day, but there is no one better at what he does,” Eric Trump, a vice president at the Trump Organization, told radio talk show host… [More]

DiNapoli Says Public Financing Can Start With Comptroller Race

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

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a staunch supporter of public financing of campaigns, seems pleased with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s public financing proposal. At a breakfast with reporters Tuesday morning DiNapoli reiterated his stance that if the state wants to start with public financing, it can do so with in the comptroller’s race. As for the cost, he sided with estimates made by good government groups. “The advocates’ numbers are much more realistic numbers than the critics that have greatly inflated the… [More]

List of 2014 New York City Councilmembers With Committee Assignments (UPDATED)

Written by Morgan Pehme on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, News

There were major changes afoot in the New York City Council today with the assignment of committee chairmanships and leadership positions by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The Speaker elevated Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who bucked the Queens delegation to support Mark-Viverito’s bid for Speaker, to be the new majority leader and chair of the cultural affairs committee. Additionally, under a new hierarchical structure, the Speaker named seven deputy leaders—one from Manhattan, three from Brooklyn, one from Staten Island and two… [More]

Owens’ Retirement Opens Up North Country Congressional Race

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Daily

Rep. Bill Owens’ announcement that he will not seek re-election in November comes with a hefty dose of speculation as Democrats scramble to try to hold onto the seat. During a Tuesday afternoon teleconference, Owens said that he began grappling six weeks ago with the decision to walk away at the end of this year but recently came to his decision. He cited a desire to spend more time with his family. The news sent ripples of speculation through political… [More]

Public Advocate Letitia James Names Ibrahim Khan Chief of Staff

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

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has begun to fill out her office, hiring Ibrahim Khan, a communications consultant with the MirRam Group, as her chief of staff. James has also brought aboard several members from her City Council staff, including Press Secretary Aja Worthy-Davis. James previously announced general counsels Larry Schimmel and Chaumtoli Huq and Policy Director Amber Greene, among a handful of other top appointments. In total, James’ office is expected to have 25 to 30 paid… [More]

Freshmen Council Members Get Crash Course in Politics on First Day

Written by Kristen Meriwether on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, News

Wednesday was the first day on the job for 21 of the 51 members of the New York City Council. Their first order of business was no easy task: electing a new Speaker. The official vote was in the Council chambers, however, there has been intense politicking for weeks. County leaders and Mayor Bill de Blasio have tried to sway the members to back their preferred candidate. The pressure gave some of the freshman Council members—many of whom have never held political office before—a first taste… [More]