Sources: Moreland Report Will Call For Public Financed Elections in New York State

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Latest, News

The Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption’s commissioners will vote this morning whether to approve the final draft of its preliminary report before releasing its recommendations to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but sources with inside knowledge of the report have disclosed to City & State that it will call for New York State to adopt a system of publicly financed elections modeled after the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Cuomo was rebuffed by the state Legislature when he pushed for… [More]

De Blasio Benefited From D’Amato Money

Written by Azure Gilman on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, News

Al D'Amato New York City is still in the halcyon days of a Bill de Blasio victory, and news coverage abounds about the sharp left turn the city has taken. It’s ironic, then, that as a candidate de Blasio was quietly collecting contributions from employees, business partners and family members of former U.S. senator and current lobbyist Alfonse D’Amato, the man whom many still view as the most powerful Republican in the state. While D’Amato was supporting Thompson, his associates were funding… [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]

Despite Denials, De Blasio Team Met With Weprin and Mark Viverito About Speakership

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

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has thus far downplayed his involvement in the City Council speaker’s race, once again dodging questions on the topic at a press conference announcing his transition team, though two speaker candidates indicated otherwise at a forum last night. When asked if he was more politically aligned with certain candidates over others, de Blasio again played coy, saying “I’ve said repeatedly that, as a former Council member myself, the members of the City Council have to make a decision… [More]

GOP Councilman Blasts Mark-Viverito’s Speaker Candidacy

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

Count Eric Ulrich as one of the New York City Council members that will not be supporting Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito's candidacy for speaker. Ulrich said that he and his Republican Council colleagues, Vincent Ignizio and Councilman-elect Steve Matteo, are "deeply troubled" by the recent reports regarding Mark-Viverito's reluctance to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance.… [More]

Speaker Candidate Open to Using Eminent Domain to Fix Mortgages

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

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito At the public forum on the City Council speaker’s race last night, the prospective candidates were asked whether they would be open to utilize a creative solution to solving the nation’s foreclosure crisis: using eminent domain to buy back underwater mortgages from banks that have seized them. This eminent domain strategy has been considered by cities across the country and was recently put in place in Richmond, California, which plans to buy back 624 mortgages to modify the loans and… [More]

Speaker Candidates Make Their Case During Forum In Queens

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

Five of the prospective candidates for City Council speaker made their case to the public at a forum in Queens Thursday night. Council members Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, Jimmy Vacca and Mark Weprin all participated, and each made a clear effort to carve out their own space and distinguish themselves from current Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Despite the speakership being a position voted on only by council members, the event, organized by Councilwoman-elect Helen Rosenthal, was designed not… [More]

City Council Speaker Candidates Emerge At Somos

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Features, Latest, News, News & Features, Other News

Whether you were an elected official or otherwise in attendance at this year’s Somos El Futuro conference in San Juan, there’s a good chance that a handful of the conversations you took part in revolved around the behind-the-scenes campaign for speaker of the New York City Council. With Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife only making brief cameo appearances at the conference before ducking away for a vacation, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo skipping out altogether, the unofficial focus of… [More]

Last Look: Laurence Laufer

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

Election lawyer Laurence Laufer, from Genova Burns Giantomasi & Webster, discusses whether the pending Supreme Court decision McCutcheon vs. FEC could undermine the New York City Campaign Finance Board system and the ongoing effort to enact campaign finance reform statewide in a video interview with Morgan Pehme. The issue at dispute in the McCutcheon v. FEC lawsuit is whether it is Constitutional to limit the aggregate amount of money an individual can give to candidates for federal office in an election cycle.… [More]