David Weprin, the Democrat running to fill Anthony Weiner’s old Congressional seat in Brooklyn and Queens, scored the coveted endorsement from The New York Times this morning.
The endorsement knocks the fiscal policies of Weprin’s Republican opponent, Bob Turner, who has called for slashing taxes and government spending while not reducing benefits for Social Security or Medicare.
“That would take a magician, not a businessman,” the editors write.
And the piece also takes aim at former mayor Ed Koch for trying to make the race about Israel.
On a recent Thursday afternoon, Councilman Jumaane Williams was sitting half a foot away from the small round table in his office, lamenting that he can’t do as much as he’d like with the job he currently has.
“A lot of us are trying to do the best we can the way the rules are set up,” said Mr. Williams. As he spoke, his body jerked, tossing his arms a few inches in either direction, and bouncing his long tightly-wound dreadlocks. “The rules are problematic, so, let’s go and change the whole structure. The structure is bad.” Continue reading “Councilman with Tourette’s is a Spokesman for Reform”→
Mayor Mike Bloomberg is planning to endorse Dan Quart, the Democrat running in a special election for a vacant Assembly seat on the Upper East Side, The Politicker has learned.
The move is not entirely unexpected, since Quart has the benefit of a huge registration advantage in the race against Republican Paul Niehaus. Bloomberg had previously endorsed the Democrat who held the seat, Jonathan Bing, who went to take a job in the Cuomo administration.
Bloomberg’s own 79th street townhouse townhouses are in the Assembly district
In a letter passed along to The Politicker, Dan Isaacs, the Manhattan Republican Party chairman, who has been pushing Niehaus hard, laments the independent mayor’s “poor judgment” and accuses him of “trying to put his stamp on electing his chosen Democrats to office.”
When the New York Times wrote this weekend about Mayor Bloomberg’s likely endorsement of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in the 2013 mayor’s race, only one likely candidate for the office spoke about it, publicly: Scott Stringer, the Manhattan Borough President.
Stringer, who like Quinn, is a progressive Democrat from Manhattan’s West Side, told the Times, “Bloomberg 3 has run its course.”
He was referring to the number of terms Bloomberg has had. But after his press conference this morning across the street from City Hall, I asked Stringer to elaborate what he meant by his remark. What exactly had run “its course”?
“I think the race for mayor is not going to be about Bloomberg 4,” said Stringer. ” It’s going to be about a vision for New York City in a post-Bloomberg era, which I think is good for New York. That’s why I think the focus shouldn’t be on Bloomberg 1, 2 and 3 going into 4, but rather, let’s wipe the slate clean and figure out what we do next.”