Melissa Mark-Viverito Set to Hire Former State Senate Contender

Jay Otaño. (Photo: Facebook)
Jason Otaño. (Photo: Facebook)

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is set to hire Jason Otaño, an attorney and former candidate for the state senate and assembly, a spokesman for the office confirmed to the Observer.

Mr. Otaño will join the general counsel’s office of the City Council, though his exact title and salary have yet to be defined.

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Morning Read: ‘But It’s Also Why I Hate Him’

Chirlane McCray and Cynthia Nixon at last weekend's Inner Circle Show. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Chirlane McCray and Cynthia Nixon at last weekend’s Inner Circle Show. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Lede of the Day: “Success in the city!”

Cynthia Nixon doesn’t appear interested in pursuing her own career in politics. “I do not think I will run for office,” the actress said on Capital Tonight last night when asked about the possibility of running for governor. “I do not think so. It is very flattering that peple would think I would but no.”

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De Blasio Hires Pauline Toole to Oversee Department of Records

Pauline Toole. (Photo: LinkedIn)
Pauline Toole. (Photo: LinkedIn)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today added another face to his slowly-growing administration, appointing Pauline Toole as the next Commissioner of the Department of Records and Information Services.

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Espaillat Brings Beefed-Up Campaign Machine to Second Rangel Fight

State Senator Adriano Espaillat.
State Senator Adriano Espaillat.

For State Senator Adriano Espaillat’s 2012 congressional bid, the El Barrio vote proved fatal.

The heavily Latino neighborhood was supposed to give Mr. Espaillat the boost he needed to depose longtime Congressman Charlie Rangel. Instead, Mr. Rangel crushed Mr. Espaillat in the East Harlem neighborhood by more than 2,500 votes, ultimately earning another term in Congress by a slim, 1,000-vote margin.

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Eric Adams and Darlene Mealy Endorse Candidate for Boyland’s Seat

A poster for Ineisha Williford's kickoff this weekend, featuring Borough President Eric Adams and Councilwoman Darlene Mealy.
A poster for Ineisha Williford’s kickoff this weekend.

In the race to replace disgraced ex-Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., one candidate is already scooping up key establishment support.

Ineisha Williford, a staffer to Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, secured the backing of Borough President Eric Adams and Ms. Mealy at a Saturday fund-raising event, according to source at the event.

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Bill de Blasio Paves Way for More Charter Co-Locations

Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio giving an education speech in a Manhattan church Sunday. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio made clear today that his schools agenda will include more controversial co-locations and charter schools, despite his constant hammering of both on the campaign trail.

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