Posts Tagged ‘Tony Avella’

Winners and Losers, February 28, 2014

Written by City & State on . Posted in Winners & Losers

  Everyone seemed a bit jumpy this week: Sen. Tony Avella jumped to the IDC, Sen. Adriano Espaillat jumped back into the fray with Rep. Charlie Rangel, Assemblyman Micah Kellner jumped out of his race, and Donald Trump’s son-in-law jumped on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Where will they land in our weekly winners and losers? That’s up to you.   Tony Avella - There’s nothing like joining a playoff-bound team midway through the season after spending time with one below .500. Avella’s… [More]

First Read – October 25, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Latest

WEATHER: Mostly sunny in the east, with rain and possibly snow in WNY. New York City, high 55; Albany, high 50; Buffalo, high 48.   WINNERS AND LOSERS: After yet another crushing session, campaign finance reform advocates were hoping 2014 might finally be the year all of their efforts would prove to not be in vain. Then the McCutcheon train came to New York, blowing its way through the state’s limit on PAC donations this week, on its way to the… [More]

The Slush Fund Legacy and the Future of Member Items

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Campaigns/Elections

Given her current standing as a leading candidate to be New York City’s next mayor, it’s hard to believe that five years ago City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s political future was on life support. In April 2008 the New York Post reported that Quinn and her staff in the Speaker’s office had hidden millions of taxpayer dollars by allocating grants to a “slush fund” with phantom organizations, alleging that Quinn would later use the money to dole out political favors.… [More]

Council Watch: Picturesque This!

Written by Seth Barron on . Posted in Features, Opinion, Uncategorized

The City Council funding process is so intentionally opaque, so fragmented and jackstraw-shaped that it should be no surprise to find Council members from Kew Gardens or the Upper West Side sponsoring $75,000 allocations for the High Line. Yet even one such member was surprised to discover that she had been credited, in the 2013 fiscal year budget, with making an unusual out-of-district allotment to the elevated park. The High Line has spurred billions of dollars in high-end development. (Source:… [More]

With Comrie Out, Katz and Vallone Neck in Neck For Queens BP

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Features, Heard Around Town

Queens borough president candidate Melinda Katz announced that she has raised $173,434 during this past filing period, giving her $639,738 in total contributions for the 2013 campaign cycle, and placing her squarely behind her opponent Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. in what now looks to be largely a two-horse race after Councilman Leroy Comrie ended his campaign two days ago. Katz now has $385,783 cash on hand, right on the heels of Vallone who has $543,669 after raising $40,015. With both candidates close to the spending cap,… [More]

Spelling Bee Champ Visits Albany, Suggests Smoking Ban

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Blog, Daily, Uncategorized

Legislators yesterday adopted a resolution celebrating Arvind Mahankali, the 2013 National Spelling Bee champion. The Queens resident met state Sen. Tony Avella and Assemblyman David Weprin on Tuesday while making made his first trip to the Capitol, which he called a “wonderful place.” Mahankali, 13, was not following legislation up for debate this week, but said that he favored campaign finance reform over a litany of other bills, including decriminalizing or legalizing marijuana. He said he practiced his spelling techniques… [More]

Winners and Losers, May 24, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Features, Winners & Losers

  Forgive us if we thought the circus was in town—it’s just Anthony Weiner’s mayoral launch. The prodigal pol posed in the streets of Brooklyn for his debut campaign commercial. He traipsed through Harlem before hobnobbing with commuters on the subway. Few have been shy when the topic is Weiner. Even the governor couldn’t help himself, offering that it would be a shame if the city voted for him for mayor. Hot dog, a Cuomo-Weiner battle over New York’s supremacy… [More]