Weiner Gets Board of Elections to Intervene for Photo-Op

Anthony Weiner votes with his son, Jordan.
Anthony Weiner votes with his son, Jordan.

Anthony Weiner asked the Board of Elections to intervene today–so he could ensure the press got a good photo of him casting his ballot with his son on Election Day.

The former Congressman had been scheduled to vote at 9:30 a.m. at a Baruch College building not for from his Park Avenue South apartment. Instead, frantic staffers rushed in and out of the building, conferring with poll workers and making calls. There had been a “snafu,” with the Board of Elections, said Mr. Weiner’s spokeswoman, Barbara Morgan, who paced up and down the sidewalk outside of the building, tracked by two film-makers.

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Charges Fly in Race for Queens Borough President

Senator Avella (Photo: Facebook)
Senator Tony Avella (Photo: Facebook)

State Senator Tony Avella is accusing Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., a rival in the race for Queens borough president, of repeatedly “bullying” and “threatening” him in a push to get him to drop his bid.

“Personally, I think he’s a bully and a coward and afraid of having me on the ballot,” Mr. Avella told Politicker today, claiming Mr. Vallone has tried several times over the course of the election to get him to leave the race. “Let the chips fall where they may.” Continue reading “Charges Fly in Race for Queens Borough President”

Eliot Spitzer Collects 27,000 Petition Signatures for Comptroller’s Race

Eliot Spitzer gleefully displays a page of his petition signatures.
Eliot Spitzer gleefully displays signatures.

Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer managed to collect a whopping 27,000 petition signatures in the four days since he announced his last-minute, comeback bid for city comptroller.

A beaming Mr. Spitzer, joined by staffers, arrived at the Board of Elections headquarters in Lower Manhattan shortly after 10:30 p.m. carting four large boxes of signed petitions–which he gleefully displayed to the throngs of waiting press.

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Mayoral Candidates Tout Petitioning Totals

Republican John Catsimatidis and his petitions. (Photo: twitter.com/JCats2013)
Republican John Catsimatidis and his petitions. (Photo: twitter.com/JCats2013)

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Comptroller John Liu may be struggling to gain traction in the polls, but they’re besting their competition when it comes to petition signatures.

As observers wonder whether newly-minted candidate Eliot Spitzer will even be able to gather the nearly 4,000 signatures he needs to make it on the primary ballot, the city’s mayoral candidates began submitting their piles of petition forms to the city’s Board of Elections Tuesday afternoon–and it appears Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Liu are leading the pack.

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Bloomberg Warns City Could Be Mayor-Less Come January

Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned Friday he fears the city’s Board of Elections could screw up this fall’s election so badly the city will be left without a mayor in 2014.

“We could go to January and not know who the mayor is,” Mr. Bloomberg said during his weekly radio sit-down with WOR’s John Gambling, repeating concerns he raised earlier this week about the potential for disaster.

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Lena Dunham May Have Voted After All

Lena Dunham (Photo: Twitter)
Lena Dunham (Photo: Twitter)

Lena Dunham, the star and creator of HBO’s zeitgeisty comedy Girls, took to Twitter this afternoon to fight back against reports she did not vote in the presidential election last year despite filming a controversial ad urging others to cast a ballot for President Barack Obama. According to officials at the Board of Elections in Brooklyn, Ms. Dunham’s claim she voted by affidavit ballot may have merit.

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