For Molinaro's Third Term, He Relies on Old, if Unlikely, Alliance

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Less than a year ago, Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro (C) was contemplating whom to give the crucial Conservative Party endorsement to in the race to succeed him: then-Council Member Michael McMahon (D) or Council Minority Leader James Oddo (R).

Now, with term limits extended, Molinaro is the one fishing for party endorsements. In seeking a third term, he will interview with the Republican Party, which cross-endorsed both his previous runs, as well as with the Democratic...… [More]

Facing Fundraising Laws They Passed Themselves, Members Voice Complaints

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The stricter campaign finance laws that City Council candidates will be running under this year have some complaining that candidates from poorer districts are disproportionately hit by the effects of the law.

When the new limits were passed by the Council in July 2007 and became effective January 2008, most on the Council thought they would not be subject to them, due to the two-term limit. The rules cap contributions from organizations with business in front of the city to $250… [More]

With Fossella out, Already Sparse City GOP Bench Grows Emptier

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Guy Molinari has taken to using grim language about the local party he helped build.

"The Republican Party is bleeding these days. The blood is flowing at all three levels of government," said Molinari, the former Staten Island congressman and borough president and top city GOP power broker.

In his borough, a traditional Republican stronghold, the GOP struggled to recruit a congressional candidate to replace retiring and scandal-ridden Rep. Vito Fossella (R-Staten...… [More]

Conservatives Consider Radical Move in Staten Island Race

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Getting the Conservative Party endorsement is easy, said Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro (C-Staten Island). The nod will got to “who has the most goods.”
Historically, the Republicans have had the Conservative goods most of the time, though the Democrats have had their moments, too. But going...… [More]