Albany Releases Competing Congressional Redistricting Proposals

senate gop gerrymander Albany Releases Competing Congressional Redistricting ProposalsPushing the judge’s deadline to the very edge, the Republican-controlled State Senate and Democrat-dominated State Assembly just released their Congressional proposals tonight, which you can view below.

Because these maps are independent of one another, they aren’t as significant as they appear and might not be indicative of where the lines would lie for a compromise map between the two partisan bodies. Additionally, overly partisan gerrymanders are of limited use to the courts as they consider the many proposed options.

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John Liu Promises To ‘Continue To Do The Work Of The Comptroller’s Office’ [Video]

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John Liu discussing the investigation into his fundraising with reporters this evening in Harlem. (Photo: Hunter Walker)

Embattled Comptroller John Liu appeared at the Transport Workers Union Local 100 Black History Month celebration in Harlem tonight where he briefly addressed the ongoing investigation into his fundraising that resulted in the arrest of his mayoral campaign treasurer, Jenny Hou, yesterday. During a brief conversation with reporters following his speech at the event, a smiling Mr. Liu said he plans to remain in office in spite of the scandal.

“I’m just past my halfway point of my term as City Comptroller,” he said. Continue reading “John Liu Promises To ‘Continue To Do The Work Of The Comptroller’s Office’ [Video]”

Roundup: Redistricting Confusion; Jenny Hou’s Lawyer; Reflecting on Michigan

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This is a cool picture of Councilman Steve Levin. (Photo: Facebook)

Jenny Hou’s lawyer is on John Liu’s payroll, raising all sorts of fun questions.

Due to his health, Lew Fidler is unable to make the candidate forum tonight or the debate tomorrow.

Brad Lander whacked the NY Post over their coverage of the Associated Press.

An AP reporter explained the stories.

David Greenfield, who still hasn’t endorsed in the race, whacked an editor at Hamodia over his coverage of Fidler.

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At Raucous Rally, Pols, Advocates Push For Stop-And-Frisk Reform

stopandfrisk At Raucous Rally, Pols, Advocates Push For Stop And Frisk ReformDozens of members of the City Council and advocates of police reform from across New York crowded in front of City Hall today for a raucous rally calling for a sharp curtailment of the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policies.

“If you want to go where the numbers and the money is, you would be stopping and frisking every white man with a jacket and a suit and a tie, because he may be committing a financial crime that cause poor people to make bad decisions,” said Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams, who is one of the lead sponsors of a piece of legislation that ends current stop-and-frisk practices. “We are doing this in communities that are outliers. We are doing this in communities that you feel you can get away with it.” Continue reading “At Raucous Rally, Pols, Advocates Push For Stop-And-Frisk Reform”

Candidate in Uphill Quest Against Nydia Velázquez Cites ‘Favorable’ Polling

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Dan O'Connor (Photo: danoconnor2012.com)

Dan O’Connor, a candidate in the Democratic primary against veteran incumbent Nydia Velázquez, sent out a press release earlier today touting a new poll being completed on his behalf. “The poll reached out to over 15,000 voters within the district on a variety of political topics,” the release read.

The Politicker reached out to Mr. O’Connor’s campaign to find out what the actual poll results were.  His campaign manager, Christina Tobin, declined to provide any specifics, but called the results “favorable.”

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Council Members Ask Village Voice To End Relationship With Sex Trafficking Site

logo leaderboard 2 Council Members Ask Village Voice To End Relationship With Sex Trafficking Site Councilman Brad Lander and Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito introduced a resolution today asking Village Voice Media to shut down the controversial “adult” section of its classified ad site Backpage.com. The resolution criticizes Backpage as a “platform to traffic minors for sex.”

“Whereas, Backpage.com’s adult section is facilitating sex trafficking and should alter its current practice; now, therefore, be it resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on Village Voice Media to shut down the adult section of its online classified site, Backpage.com, because it serves as a platform to traffic minors for sex.” Continue reading “Council Members Ask Village Voice To End Relationship With Sex Trafficking Site”

Christine Quinn Won’t Comment On John Liu, But Will Talk About Her Campaign Finance Reform Efforts

christinequinn Christine Quinn Wont Comment On John Liu, But Will Talk About Her Campaign Finance Reform EffortsChristine Quinn was unsurprisingly quiet today when asked whether or not City Comptroller John Liu should step down in the light the arrest of his campaign treasurer yesterday for campaign finance violations.

“There is an ongoing investigation into that matter and I just think it wound be inappropriate for me to comment,” she said.

But she deftly steered a press conference today at City Hall into her work tightening the city’s campaign finance rules. Continue reading “Christine Quinn Won’t Comment On John Liu, But Will Talk About Her Campaign Finance Reform Efforts”