Is Observer Piece Hitting Schneiderman Trump’s Revenge?

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

Is Donald Trump about to make good on his threat to “get even” with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman? The New York Observer will publish a lengthy profile of Schneiderman tomorrow that sources say will serve as payback for the lawsuit the attorney general filed against Trump University. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is the publisher of the Observer. “It’s been clear for months that Donald Trump ordered up a hit piece in his son-in-law’s newspaper to retaliate against Schneiderman for bringing a… [More]

Moreland Commission Hasn’t Met In 2014; Rice Might Not Be Replaced

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News, Trials/Hearings

Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s decision to run for Congress prompted her to step down as one of the three co-chairs of the governor’s Moreland Commission on Public Corruption. Asked on Wednesday if he plans to replace Rice, Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested that a new co-chair would be found but left open the possibility that there would be no replacement. “We are looking,” the governor said during a Q&A with reporters. “If we find a good one—we’re looking for… [More]

Ball and Former HBO CEO Push “Jobs For Heroes”

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News

This afternoon state Sen. Greg Ball is stepping up his push to pass “Job For Heroes” legislation, which sets aside 5 percent of state contracts for businesses owned by disabled military veterans, with a lobbying day in Albany. Ball and others want to see the measure added to the state budget, and among those joining the lawmaker is Bill Nelson, a former HBO CEO, Vietnam veteran and board member of the local chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America. “The service-disabled veterans are the… [More]

Inner Circle Set To Poke Fun At De Blasio Next Month

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

It’s that time of year again—The Inner Circle, an organization of New York City political journalists, has announced the date of its annual revue poking fun at federal, state, and local elected officials. This year’s event, to be held on March 22nd at the New York Hilton Midtown, is titled “Stuck with de Bill”, and is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s initiation into the inglorious annals of Inner Circle tradition. The occasionally cringe-worthy production includes a variety of satirical musical theater-inspired… [More]

Mark Weprin Unanimously Elected Chair of City Council Queens Delegation

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

City Councilman Mark Weprin was unanimously elected this morning as chair of the Council’s Queens delegation,  a sign that the wounds from the protracted Council Speaker race between Dan Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito might be starting to heal. The speaker battle had fractured the Queens delegation, with several Progressive Caucus members, including Julissa Ferreras, Jimmy Van Bramer, Daniel Dromm and Donovan Richards supporting Mark-Viverito, while the rest of the delegation stuck with Garodnick, the choice of Queens Democratic County Chairman… [More]

Fight to Legalize MMA Back on in the Capitol

Written by Jon Lentz on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town, News, Other News

The battle over mixed-martial arts is back on. This morning, Ultimate Fighting Championship executives are joining Assemblyman Joe Morelle and state Sen. Joseph Griffo in Albany to once again push for legalization of the controversial sport—but critics are swinging into action, too. “After a year of men behaving badly in Albany, do our lawmakers really want to send a message to parents and communities in New York that we are going to allow a viciously violent sport into the Empire… [More]

Rules Reform Deformed

Written by Seth Barron on . Posted in Blog, Features, Government Operations, News, Other News

The Progressive Caucus that now dominates the New York City Council leadership came to power promising sweeping reforms to how the body functions. These changes, according to the drafters of the agenda that 32 Council members have pledged to support, will increase transparency, empower committee chairs, establish equitable discretionary funding and make the Council generally more democratic. What is missing from the reform agenda, however, is the one item that has been pointed to year after year as a key… [More]

Hearing Could Pave Way For Stronger Ivory Regulations

Written by Matthew Hamilton on . Posted in News, Other News

New York could be in for an update to its ivory sales regulations. The Assembly Environmental Conservation Committee is set to host a public hearing in Manhattan at 11 a.m. the discuss state laws combating the illegal ivory trade. According to a meeting notice, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seized more than $2 million worth of elephant ivory in New York City in 2012. Assemblyman Robert Sweeney, the chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, said that… [More]

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]

CITY COUNCIL 101: At Incoming Council Members’ Retreat, Speaker Rivals Give Media Relations Advice

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Features, Latest, News, Other News, Video

At Baruch College last month, several City Council members, including Speaker rivals Melissa Mark-Viverito and Daniel Garodnick, participated in a forum hosted by City & State and the Partnership for New York City giving advice to some of their freshmen colleagues. Council members Julissa Ferreras, Mark Weprin, and James Vacca joined Garodnick and Mark-Viverito on the panel, which, despite having the appearance of yet another Speaker’s race forum (Weprin and Vacca were speaker candidates at one time, while Ferreras was rumored to… [More]