On Eve of Speaker Vote, de Blasio Evasive On Mark-Viverito and Quinn Comparison

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

Despite numerous reports indicating Mayor Bill de Blasio’s involvement in pushing Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for speaker, the mayor continued to evade questions on his involvement in the speaker’s race, insisting that the Council will make their decision independent of his involvement. As a way of comparing de Blasio’s behind-the-scenes advocacy for Mark-Viverito to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s alliance with former Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the mayor was asked why he relentlessly criticized Quinn during the Democratic mayoral campaign for being… [More]

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]

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]

Seddio Betrays Crowley and Heastie; De Blasio Goes To War With County Chairs Over Mark-Viverito

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

Frank Seddio If there is one lesson to be learned in gaming out the City Council speaker’s race, it is that anything can happen, even at the last moment. History has shown that even when a Speaker candidate appears to have the votes to win, a mere change of heart or a last-minute backroom deal can swing the balance of power. In 1986, the City Council was ready to crown Brooklyn Councilman Samuel Horwitz the Speaker. Horwitz had lined up support from… [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]