Candidates Spar Over Speaker’s Power at Second Forum

The leading candidates for City Council Speaker tonight in the Bronx.
The leading candidates for City Council Speaker tonight in the Bronx.

The leading candidates for City Council speaker met for the second time tonight at a forum in the Bronx, where they sparred over the potential impact of proposed rule reforms that would significantly rein in the speaker’s powers and–some fear–also weaken the council. Continue reading “Candidates Spar Over Speaker’s Power at Second Forum”

Speaker Candidates Face Off for the First Time

The leading candidates.
The leading candidates.

The leading candidates for City Council speaker faced off for the first time tonight at a public forum, laying out their cases and weighing in on a host of issues, including a package of major rules reforms that would dramatically scale back the speaker’s power. Continue reading “Speaker Candidates Face Off for the First Time”

The Shadow Campaign for City Council Speaker Quietly Heats Up

Christine Quinn delivers final State of the City address. (Photo: William Alatriste)
Christine Quinn delivers a State of the City address. (Photo: William Alatriste)

It’s the city’s second most powerful public office, but the race to become City Council speaker has more in common with a papal conclave than a mayoral election.

For only the third time in modern history, the Council is in the early throes of the byzantine process by which the 51 members from every neighborhood, ethnic background and political stripe must select a new leader. Despite those differences, the process will ultimately generate consensus (or near-consensus) by January, if the past is a guide.

The normally fraught procedure is even messier than usual because nearly half of the City Council will be new in 2014—meaning that aspiring speakers must woo not only current seat-holders, but those likely to be elected in November as well.

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Councilwoman Castigates NY1’s Latino Debate as ‘Farce’

The candidates on stage at the debate. (Photo: NY1)
The candidates on stage at the debate. (Photo: NY1)

One City Council member was not pleased with a televised mayoral debate held on Wednesday, but her ire was reserved for the questioned asked, not the answers given.

In a letter obtained by Politicker, Councilwoman Annabel Palma slammed NY1, NY1 Noticias and the Latino Leadership Institute, who hosted the debate focused on Latino issues. Specifically, Ms. Palma accused the organizations of turning the debate from “substance” into “farce.” Continue reading “Councilwoman Castigates NY1’s Latino Debate as ‘Farce’”

Council Progressives, Labor, Cry Foul Over Occupy Evictions

 Council Progressives, Labor, Cry Foul Over Occupy Evictions
City Council member Jumaane Williams

The City Council’s progressive wing and their labor allies threw their support behind the Occupy Wall Street protesters, backing “the day of action” the movement has planned for Thursday. Continue reading “Council Progressives, Labor, Cry Foul Over Occupy Evictions”