Two years ago, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez fended off a furious challenge backed by then-Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez.
By Ross Barkan 3/07 10:36am
Former Councilman Lew Fidler is going back to the City Council–but this time, he won’t be serving as an elected official.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has hired Mr. Fidler, a 12-year Brooklyn lawmaker and attorney, to join the City Council as a part-time counsel, a spokesman for Ms. Mark-Viverito confirmed. Mr. Fidler is working in the office of the general counsel, where he helps represent the entire council body, not just the speaker. Read More
By Ross Barkan 3/06 3:14pm
Mr. Boyland was convicted on all 21 counts accusing him of four schemes, including a top count of attempted extortion while serving as an elected official. Read More
By Ross Barkan 3/06 2:56pm
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, though jubilant about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s desire to expand universal prekindergarten across the city, stopped short today of endorsing his plan to hike taxes to fund the program.
Appearing with Mr. de Blasio in the Bronx to promote the Catholic Church’s partnership on the pre-K expansion, Mr. Dolan refused to specifically back Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes on the city’s wealthiest residents to fund pre-K and after-school programs. Read More
By Ross Barkan 3/06 1:47pm
State Senator Adriano Espaillat has tapped the National Action Network’s national field director to join his campaign as a senior adviser, adding another high-profile weapon to his repeat bid to unseat Congressman Charlie Rangel. Read More
Mayor Bill de Blasio, appearing for the second time since taking office on the rollicking hip-hop station HOT 97, insisted he was not an enemy of charter schools this morning and skewered the press for its coverage of the controversy.
“I’m feeling like they’re making you look like you’re anti-charter school,” remarked one of the station’s morning show hosts, giving the mayor–whom they referred to as “our favorite mayor”–an opportunity to defend himself. Read More
Jury reshuffling has delayed deliberations in Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.’s corruption trial.
The group had spent most of today deliberating the case against the Brooklyn lawmaker and could not reach a verdict by 5 p.m. today, extending the trial into tomorrow. Since one of the jurors in the case has a prior scheduled commitment tomorrow, an Read More
By Ross Barkan 3/05 4:10pm
The grainy and heavily edited videos were Acorn’s last imprint on the national consciousness.
One of the country’s best known community organizing groups, it crumbled rapidly four years ago, after right-wing activists, posing as a pimp and prostitute, secretly filmed Acorn workers providing them tax advice.
Cable news networks exploded with outrage, and conservatives rhumbaed on Acorn’s grave. Read More
By Ross Barkan 3/04 4:19pm
And then there were three.
The race to lead the City Council’s Brooklyn delegation is down to three candidates after one contender, Laurie Cumbo, declined to nominate herself for the race.
With Ms. Cumbo gone, current co-chair Darlene Mealy is now battling Steve Levin and freshman Carlos Menchaca for the two coveted posts. (David Greenfield, a co-chair with Ms. Mealy, is not seeking re-election after becoming chair of the powerful land use committee.) Read More
By Ross Barkan 3/04 1:18pm
Two candidates have already declared their intentions to challenge embattled State Senator John Sampson, and two more may be joining the fray.
Samuel Pierre, a nonprofit head, and Dell Smitherman, a political director with the healthcare workers’ union 1199 SEIU, are both mulling bids against the twice-indicted Brooklyn lawmaker, sources said. Read More