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”

Ex-Councilman Oliver Koppell Moves Closer to Challenging Jeff Klein

Oliver Koppell. (Photo: Facebook)
Oliver Koppell. (Photo: Facebook)

Former Bronx Councilman Oliver Koppell is still mulling a challenge of State Senator Jeff Klein.

In an interview today, Mr. Koppell warned he might pull the trigger if Mr. Klein, the leader of the Senate’s breakaway Democratic faction, doesn’t rejoin the main Democratic caucus. Continue reading “Ex-Councilman Oliver Koppell Moves Closer to Challenging Jeff Klein”

Bill de Blasio Says He’ll Build Upon Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative

Mayor Bill de Blasio with his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio with his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio asserted today he would build on Michael Bloomberg’s far-reaching and personally-financed initiative to help young minority men, but said he had no immediate plans to ask his billionaire predecessor for another check.  Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Says He’ll Build Upon Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative”

Bill de Blasio Names Wife Chair of the Mayor’s Fund, Gabrielle Fialkoff Senior Adviser

Bill de Balsio and Chirlane McCray.  (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Bill de Balsio and Chirlane McCray. (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today formally clarified his wife’s role in his administration, confirming previous reports indicating she would likely chair the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.

He also named Gabrielle Fialkoff, the chair of his inauguration, as a senior adviser and director of his Office of Strategic Partnerships. Ms. Fialkoff, who worked with the mayor on Hillary Clinton’s first senate campaign, will oversee public-private partnerships for the administration, including the fund. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Names Wife Chair of the Mayor’s Fund, Gabrielle Fialkoff Senior Adviser”

Espaillat Chooses de Blasio Operative to Run Expected Congressional Bid

State Senator Adriano Espaillat. (Photo: Facebook)
State Senator Adriano Espaillat. (Photo: Facebook)

State Senator Adriano Espaillat has hired a campaign manager for his probable bid against Congressman Charlie Rangel. 

Mr. Espaillat recently chose Jesse Campoamor, an 1199 SEIU operative who worked on Bill de Blasio’s successful mayoral campaign, to steer his congressional challenge, two sources with knowledge of the decision told Politicker.  Continue reading “Espaillat Chooses de Blasio Operative to Run Expected Congressional Bid”

Melissa Mark-Viverito Defiant at Second Inauguration

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito being sworn in yesterday. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito being sworn in yesterday. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

Melissa Mark-Viverito was sworn into office for the second time in the span of about a month last night. But this time, the audience was much larger.

Ms. Mark-Viverito, now the powerful speaker of the City Council, was officially coronated in the Bronx, where she was heralded by Mayor Bill de Blasio and various liberal allies. While sticking to many of the same left-leaning talking points that she has repeated elsewhere, the new speaker struck a more defiant tone at times, asserting that there were unnamed people who wanted her and the progressive movement to fail. Continue reading “Melissa Mark-Viverito Defiant at Second Inauguration”

Resentment of Melissa Mark-Viverito Remains Among Bronx Democrats

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito may have secured all of the votes she needs to become the next City Council speaker, but her staunchest opposition now lies in one of the boroughs she represents: the Bronx.  Continue reading “Resentment of Melissa Mark-Viverito Remains Among Bronx Democrats”