In a move that would surely shake-up the 2013 field, Teamsters president Greg Floyd has filed paperwork to run for mayor.
The news was first reported by Errol Louis on his Twitter feed.
In an interview, Mr. Floyd said that he was considering running because, “the middle class continue to be sacrificed in this economy. I am running to make things better.”
He added, “Someone has to take up this cause and this agenda. There has to be someone out there who is advocating for working men and women.”
Stories about “an imminent government shutdown” are quickly becoming of the dog-bites-man variety, especially after the debt ceiling brinkmanship over the summer and the debate over the omnibus spending bill last year, but they are one step closer to turning the lights out at the Capitol after the Senate shot down a House bill that Democrats say doesn’t provide enough relief to communities affected by the recent storms and that offsets even that aid with spending cuts elsewhere.
This has set off many recriminations on both sides of the aisle, including among our home state lawmakers. Within an hour, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm fired off statements blaming the other side for the breakdown.
Heads of State
Just not much less than he already does.
At least that is the impression given by our former colleagues over at Capital and WNYC, who point out that in the governor's recently released schedules, no mentions are made of meetings with either agency's head, Jay Walder or Chris Ward. As The Observer has previously reported, the governor has had limited contact with either Mr. Walder or Mr. Ward, despite their being in charge of two of the state's most important and powerful agencies. Read More
When Mitt Romney ran for president four years ago, the biggest knock against him was that he was a flip-flopper in the John Kerry mold, someone who changes his position with the winds, or depending on which audience he is talking to.
Footage of his 1994 debate with Ted Kennedy, in which he said that “abortion should be safe and legal in this country” and of a letter he wrote to Log Cabin Republicans in which he wrote, “I am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equality for America’s gays and lesbian citizens, I will provide more effective leadership than my opponent,” surfaced.
A trio of NYC-area Congressmen introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would amend existing federal law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing or in the credit markets.
“LGBT Americans, non-traditional families, and the disabled should not be subjected to housing discrimination at the hands of the unscrupulous or bigoted,” said west side Congressman Jerry Nadler, who is introducing the bill. “This legislation will ensure that the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act are actually protecting all Americans and guaranteeing people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, marital and familial status, and source of income the right to the housing they choose.”
Co-sponsors of the bill, called the Housing Opportunities Made Equal Act, include Brooklyn Rep. Ed Towns and Long Island Rep. Steve Israel.
Brooklyn Democratic District Leader Lincoln Restler made a name for himself last year when he took on Kings County Democratic Party Boss in an against the odds race for a position on the state committee.
The energy behind the anti-Lopez crowd however seemed to lose a little steam this year when a county backed candidate, Rafael Espinal, beat a reform-backed candidate, Jesus Gonzalez, for an open Assembly seat in Bushwick.
But a number of leading politicos in Brooklyn–including some who are aligned with Lopez–are hosting a fundraising for Restler next week in North Brooklyn.
Among them: Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Eric Adams, and Assemblyman Karim Camara.
A number of anti-Lopez pols are expected to be there too, including Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Councilwomen Tish James and Diana Reyna, and State Senator Daniel Squadron.
At the end of the invitation, Rester includes his own analysis of the Espinal/Gonzalez race.
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The White House has gotten a lot of heat recently for allegations in a new book by Ron Suskind that alleges that within the Obama administration friction about the roles of women grew so intense during the early years of the president’s tenure that Obama was forced to take steps to reassure senior women Read More
Backers of Bob Turner think his victory explains Barack Obama’s speech to the United Nations yesterday.
Andrew Cuomo put his schedules online yesterday in a new transparency initiative, and among the findings is that the governor and Chris Christie had dinner a few days before the Port Authority announced their big toll increase–a toll increase they said caught them unawares.
The mayor made his pitch for his livery cab proposal. The plan, which would outfit thousands of livery cabs for street hails in the outer boroughs, sits on Gov. Cuomo’s desk.
Bloomberg also said that of course the city would prohibit what kind of ads would be permitted on the sides of NYCHA buildings.