Schumer and James Tweak de Blasio on Upper East Side Snow Response

Snow removal in Manhattan last week. (Photo: Getty)
Snow removal in Manhattan last week. (Photo: Getty)

They also snowed on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s parade.

Senator Chuck Schumer and Public Advocate Tish James took time out of their speeches at the inauguration of Upper East Side Councilman Ben Kallos yesterday to tweak Mr. de Blasio for his response to last week’s snow storm, which local residents–and later Mr. de Blasio himself–agreed had fallen short. Continue reading “Schumer and James Tweak de Blasio on Upper East Side Snow Response”

‘Child Prostitution Promoter’: Mailer Attacks Candidate for Craigslist Founder’s Support

One side of the mailer.
One side of the mailer.

Well, that escalated quickly.

Anonymous mailers currently being circulated on the Upper East Side attack City Council candidate Ben Kallos for being endorsed by Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist–or in the words of the mailer, “a child prostitution promoter”–among other charges. Continue reading “‘Child Prostitution Promoter’: Mailer Attacks Candidate for Craigslist Founder’s Support”

Kellner Mailer Urges Upper East Side to Support ‘Real Democrat’

Front side of the Kellner mailer.
Front side of the Kellner mailer.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, who lost the Democratic primary for an Upper East Side City Council seat but is continuing his campaign on the Working Families Party line, wants voters to know he is the “real Democrat” in the race. Continue reading “Kellner Mailer Urges Upper East Side to Support ‘Real Democrat’”

Electoral Victors Call for Campaign Finance Reform

City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees.
City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees. (Photo: Twitter/cmenchaca)

Last Tuesday’s elections settled contentious races across the city, but for good-government advocates, the fight for campaign finance reform is still ramping up.

Various winners in City Council primaries gathered with members of Common Cause New York on the steps of City Hall today to castigate the influence of independent expenditures, especially Jobs for New York, a group backed by real estate interests.

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Ben Kallos Skewers Micah Kellner in Anonymous Mailer

The anti-Kellner mailer from the Kallos camp.
The anti-Kellner mailer from the Kallos camp.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner’s leading rival doesn’t want the Upper East Side to forget about his summer scandal as the two candidates battle for an open City Council seat.

In a new, biting campaign mailer, rival Ben Kallos blasts Mr. Kellner for admitting to sending inappropriate communications to a female staffer and allegations of even more misconduct. “Those around Kellner tried to bury the charges, keeping them secret for years as the harassment continued–a massive Albany cover-up over which one Assembly lawyer has already been forced to resign,” the mailer rages.

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Micah Kellner Campaigns After New Harassment Revelations

Assemblyman Kellner campaigns with his wife.
Assemblyman Kellner campaigns with his wife.

The controversy never seems to end in New York City politics.

Upper East Side Assemblyman Micah Kellner–one of the few Assembly Democrats to criticize Speaker Shelly Silver’s handling of the Vito Lopez scandal–is now facing sexual harassment allegations of his own.

The City Council candidate was allegedly the subject of a sexual harassment complaint made by a female staffer four years ago. But, according to the New York Times, the complaint was never referred to the Assembly’s ethics committee, prompting the dismissal of a top Assembly lawyer, Bill Collins.

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Bronx City Council Candidate Copies Manhattan Candidate’s Website

The internships section of the Pedro Alvarez website was identical to the section on the Ben Kallos website.
The internships section of the Pedro Alvarez website was identical to the section on the Ben Kallos website.

Ben Kallos, a candidate for City Council on the Upper East Side, was apparently offering campaign internships in the south Bronx.

That was according to the campaign website of Pedro Alvarez, a Bronx City Council candidate, which bore a striking resemblance to the website of Mr. Kallos. Under an “internships” section that was removed after Politicker contacted the Alvarez campaign, the text was identical to the Kallos site, even going as far as to mention Mr. Kallos several times. Continue reading “Bronx City Council Candidate Copies Manhattan Candidate’s Website”