When Erica Lefevre took the microphone outside One Police Plaza at a press conference shortly after noon today, the clearly stricken woman spoke first about what a talented artist her son had been, and how he had left his native Canada to make an impact on the art world of New York City.
“His work is in museums in Toronto and his native home of Montreal,” she said, her voice trembling with a mix of pride and sadness, knowing he would never paint again.
While riding his bicycle home from his studio last Wednesday night, 30-year-old Mathieu Lefevre was struck by a truck and killed on the corner of Meserole Street and Morgan Avenue in Bushwick. The driver, who apparently claims not to have seen or known what was happening and will not be charged in Lefevre’s death.
Other than that sketchy information, Lefevre’s parents and his ex-wife Juliana Berger, have no knowledge of what occurred, and after a week of questions to the NYPD they have had no further answers, or solace.
“What compounds this tragedy is a failure to get information from the police about what happened to our son,” said Ms. Lefevre. Read More
The Occupy Wall Street mothership in Zuccotti Park is will be holding a march “in solidarity with Occupy Oakland” tonight that sounds like it will include interpretive dance and, of course, chanting.
…That’s what a Westchester County news website is reporting.
Talk of the Sound has learned that Chelsea Clinton may run for Congress next year.
Clinton has been approached by “the right people” in the New York Democratic Party, according to one source in Albany. While no decision has been made, Clinton is said to be “actively considering” a Congressional run from New York State in 2012.
The plan is to identify an open seat for Clinton in or around New York City where she currently resides with her husband, Marc Mezvinsky. While no specific district has been determined, New York City and Westchester are said to be the focus with New York’s 18th District considered a strong possibility. The 18th encompasses much of Westchester County, just south of where her parents have maintained a home for the past 12 years.
In a Hollywood–meets Albany–meets social media story, actor (and possible future mayoral candidate) Alec Baldwin has engaged in a war of words with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
The battle began when Mr, Skelos, speaking on the Capital Press Room, made an argument against the extension of the so-called “millionaire’s tax,” saying “We can’t be influenced by the Alec Baldwins of the world,” and noting that the actor just bought an $11 million Tribeca condo.
Governor Andrew Cuomo said he thinks the students of the State University of New York system need to deal with tuition hikes and learn about “financial reality.”
Ra Ra Riot
Yesterday may have been the most violent in the six week history of the Occupy Wall Street movement as police and protesters repeatedly clashed in Oakland, California with cops using gas, flashbangs and rubber bullets to disperse crowds. The Observer was on hand to taste the tear gas.
The Working Families Party announced this afternoon that they have settled a civil lawsuit waged by attorney Randy Mastro on behalf of a handful of City Council candidates who believe that the WFP’s field operation put them at an unfair disadvantage.
Under the terms of the agreement, Data and Field Services, the for-profit arm of the WFP, will be re-absorbed into the party proper and will cease to function as an independent for-profit entity.
In a statement, the WFP remained defiant over the question of wrong-doing.
Longtime Assemblyman and Kings County Democratic leader Vito Lopez married the Brooklyn Democratic Party with the Occupy Wall Street protests yesterday, leading a delegation of supporters, political allies, unions and community groups over the Brooklyn Bridge to make common cause with the demonstrations. Read More
Class Is in Session
Education startups aren't the only ones trying to disrupt the system. New York City itself is borrowing some of the principles from the startup world-- like user-centric design, innovation labs, beta testing--to see if the can change the lagging system from within.
The challenge of the Innovation Zone, or iZone project is think beyond the status quo. Since the project has more meaningful problems to contend, we'll try not to harp on the derivative nickname. Read More
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made his first appearance on the left-leaning “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC last night and he was hailed as a hero for his role in investigating the mortgage crisis.
Mr. Schneiderman’s refusal to accept a 50-state settlement negotiated by the Department of Justice has infuriated even many of his Democratic allies, but the attorney general spoke to Ms. Maddow about the financial crisis in a way that pushed back against much of the Republican rhetoric over the past several years.