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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Councilman Antonio Reynoso Vows to Stamp Out Irresponsible Development

As the new councilman for District 34, which includes Williamsburg and portions of Bushwick in Brooklyn and South Ridgewood in Queens, Councilman Antonio Reynoso personally understands the issues of his constituents.

He was born, bred and still lives in Williamsburg, a neighborhood he hopes never to leave. Plus, Mr. Reynoso spent seven years under the tutelage of his predecessor, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, working as her budget director, legislative director and, eventually, chief of staff until he quit to campaign for her seat.
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Christine Quinn Stumps for Votes in Vito Lopez’s Backyard

Antonio Reynoso and Christine Quinn in Williamsburg.
Antonio Reynoso and Christine Quinn in Williamsburg.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn set out to do two things yesterday evening: gather Latino voters for her mayoral bid and undermine scandal-scarred Vito Lopez’s own campaign for the City Council.

Ms. Quinn, the one-time mayoral front-runner, trudged up and down Williamsburg staircases with Mr. Lopez’s electoral rival Antonio Reynoso, the 30 year-old former council staffer the Democratic establishment hopes can block Mr. Lopez from a second act in politics.

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Eliot Spitzer Says He Did ‘Great Things’ With Vito Lopez

Vito Lopez. (Art by Brian Taylor)
Vito Lopez. (Art by Brian Taylor)

After being forced to resigned after a lurid sexual harassment scandal that tarnished powerful Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, now-City Council candidate Vito Lopez has become the leper of the Democratic establishment, shunned by formerly loyal supporters and castigated in the harshest terms.

But ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who is locked in an increasingly negative race for comptroller, stands out as the rare candidate willing to offer a few kind words.

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Vito Lopez Hits ‘Opponents’ in New Mailer

Part of Vito Lopez's mailer.
Part of Vito Lopez’s mailer.

Former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who resigned after a sexual harassment scandal and is now running for City Council, has a background that is basically made for an attack ad. For example: extremely lurid reports of official misconduct.

But that doesn’t mean he can’t send out negative mailers of his own.

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The Scandal-Plagued Vito Lopez Campaign Forges On

A Vito Lopez campaign poster. (Photo: Twitter/@LincolnRestler)
A Vito Lopez campaign poster. (Photo: Twitter/@LincolnRestler)

While two scandal-scarred pols hog the media spotlight, another fallen candidate is laying the groundwork for a return to power.

Vito Lopez, the former Democratic boss forced to resign his Assembly seat in disgrace, raised almost $20,000 during the latest filing period and has filed the necessary signatures to make it on the ballot. And–observers say–he just might win.

“Vito is a highly formidable candidate,” an ally of Mr. Lopez’s opponent, Antonio Reynoso, told Politicker today. “He is the favorite in this race.”

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Everyone Still Hates Vito Lopez

Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a candidate for mayor, denounces Vito Lopez.
Speaker Christine Quinn denouncing Vito Lopez.

As he contemplates a run for City Council, scandal-scarred Vito Lopez isn’t getting any more popular just because he resigned from the State Assembly on Monday.

That was made abundantly clear at a City Hall rally yesterday, where a bevy of women legislators and candidates,  including Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and Councilwoman Diana Reyna, again denounced Mr. Lopez’s candidacy and endorsed the disgraced pol’s would-be rival, Antonio Reynoso.

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