Annabel Palma Will Not Run for Congress

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Councilwoman Annabel Palma. (Photo: NYC Council)

Bronx Councilwoman Annabel Palma will not run for Congress, despite a flurry of recent media reports suggesting that she would challenge longtime Congressman José Serrano.

A source close to Ms. Palma confirmed to Politicker that Ms. Palma would not launch the challenge. News of her dropped bid was first reported by the Bronx TimesContinue reading “Annabel Palma Will Not Run for Congress”

Inez Dickens Not Dropping Out of Speaker’s Race

Councilwoman Dickens. (Photo: council.nyc.gov)
Councilwoman Dickens. (Photo: council.nyc.gov)

Harlem Councilwoman Inez Dickens is refusing to drop her bid for City Council speaker, despite a deal that appears to give her rival, Melissa Mark-Viverito, the votes to win.

According to a spokesman, the councilwoman believes she can better represent her district by staying in the race. Continue reading “Inez Dickens Not Dropping Out of Speaker’s Race”

Palma Backs Garodnick as Speaker Field Narrows to Two

Daniel Garodnick. (Photo: Facebook)
Daniel Garodnick. (Photo: Facebook)

The fireworks aren’t over in the speaker’s race, even as it appears East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito has seized the momentum.

The other candidates in the races are continuing to drop out, with several establishment-oriented candidates throwing their support behind East Side Councilman Dan Garodnick, who has emerged as Ms. Mark-Viverito’s main rival for the job. Continue reading “Palma Backs Garodnick as Speaker Field Narrows to Two”

Speaker Hopefuls Have Mixed Legislative Track Records

From left to right: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jimmy Vacca, Mark Weprin, Annael Palma and Dan Garodnick.
From left to right: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jimmy Vacca, Mark Weprin, Annael Palma and Dan Garodnick.

As the seven candidates for City Council Speaker jockey for the city’s most powerful legislative post, much attention has been paid to their agendas, their temperaments and their stances on various issues.

Far less attention has been paid to their legislative records in the body they’re hoping to lead. But an analysis of City Council records shows the candidates have had vastly different levels of success when it comes to passing bills–arguably a crucial indicator of the kind of legislative leaders they might be. Continue reading “Speaker Hopefuls Have Mixed Legislative Track Records”

Jumaane Williams Only Speaker Candidate to Knock Bill Bratton

Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio Announces William Bratton As City's Next Police Chief
Bill Bratton and Bill de Blasio yesterday. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

The candidates vying for City Council speaker mostly hailed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s choice of Bill Bratton to lead the police department, though one was willing to openly criticize the pick.

In a lengthy statement yesterday, Councilman Jumaane Williams took issue with Mr. Bratton’s “mixed” record when he held the same job under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose police force was repeatedly accused of crossing the line in its efforts to drive down crime. Continue reading “Jumaane Williams Only Speaker Candidate to Knock Bill Bratton”

Speaker Hopefuls Don’t Know Exactly How They’ll Choose a Speaker

Several of the candidates  for council speaker met a forum at New York Law School last night.
Several of the candidates for council speaker met a forum at New York Law School last night.

The candidates for City Council speaker aren’t sure exactly how to pick a winner. 

Several of the pols vying for the city’s second most powerful post were stumped at a Manhattan forum last night when an audience member asked about the specific process by which their 51-member body will go about choosing the next speaker in January. Continue reading “Speaker Hopefuls Don’t Know Exactly How They’ll Choose a Speaker”

Speaker Candidates Navigate New Red Sox Politics

Red Sox fans celebrate their victory in the 2013 World Series with a sign that reads "THIS IS OUR BLEEP CITY!" (Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty)
Red Sox fans celebrate their victory in the 2013 World Series with a sign that reads “THIS IS OUR BLEEP CITY!” (Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty)

For aspiring New York politicians, it’s harder to publicly slam the Red Sox these days.

At a candidates forum last night, the contenders for City Council speaker were forced to publicly declare their opinion of the Boston baseball team, which is despised by local sports fans but beloved by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who is expected to play an outsized role in the race. Continue reading “Speaker Candidates Navigate New Red Sox Politics”