Senator Chuck Schumerwent on the Colbert Report to make the case for the Senate’s immigration bill. (Mr. Schumer also discussed whether he has any “Gang of 8” tattoos.) The widely assumed consensus, however, assumes that the bill is dead in the House of Representatives. Indeed, GOP Congressman Michael Grimm, who represents an immigrant-heavy district in the city, was among many to pan the legislation.
City Councilmen Jumaane Williams and Brad Lander left City Hall in the wee hours of this morning after successfully quarterbacking two controversial bills aimed at reforming NYPD practices. And less than twelve hours later, they returned to City Hall’s steps enlivened and exultant to celebrate the victory.
Joined by Reverend Al Sharpton and a cadre of supporters, the group heralded the combined efforts of members of the City Council in passing the two bills that comprised the Community Safety Act with veto-proof majorities.
District Council 37, the city’s largest municipal workers’ union with 121,000 members and 50,000 retirees, has released its list of endorsements for the public advocate’s race, several borough presidency battles and a plethora of City Council contests across the city, providing a nice boost as their candidates race towards the September 10 Democratic primary.
The Queens Democratic Party is famously unified, as their endorsement tends to come along with most of the county’s elected officials. For former Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s borough president campaign, which was backed by the Democratic organization last month, this has proven to be the case yet again–with a slew of new endorsements announced today.
Current Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez declared their support for the Katz campaign, along with former borough president candidate and State Senator José Peralta, State Senator James Sanders, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey.
Nelson Castro and Victor Pichardo have a few things in common. They’re both ambitious, Dominican-American and hand-picked candidates of the Bronx Democratic machine.
But Mr. Pichardo, 28, is hoping to traverse a very different path than Mr. Castro, the fallen former Bronx assemblyman revealed in April to have been a wired-up informant for almost his entire Albany tenure.
While you were hopefully sleeping, the New York City Council passed two controversial NYPD reform bills, one installing an inspector general and another expanding the definition of police profiling. The latter passed with 34 votes–the exact number needed for a veto override. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has 2 months to try and convince one legislator to change his or her mind in order to sustain his expected veto.