Tale of Two Snowplows
Mayor Bill de Blasio today defended his administration’s snow-clearing efforts, brushing aside allegations that plows skipped the Upper East Side in an act of political revenge.
“They’re just mistaken. No one was treated differently. We believe in a five-bough approach in everything we do,” he told reporters, taking questions during a storm briefing at a Brooklyn firehouse.
A Candidate Grows in Brooklyn
Scandal-scarred incumbents across the city will be fending off challengers this year and State Senator John Sampson is no exception.
Leon Miles, a former City Council candidate, has filed to run against Mr. Sampson for his eastern Brooklyn seat, according to state election records. Another former rival of Mr. Miles is rumored to be seeking a bid as well.
Roxanne Persaud, a community activist with close ties to the local Democratic establishment, will run for a Brooklyn Assembly seat vacated by now-Councilman Alan Maisel.
If a special election is held, she will likely be handed her party’s nomination for the Canarsie-based district, sources said.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is just a week away from his departure, but he has one last Christmas message for the Borough of Kings.
Here, in full, is Mr. Markowitz’s new Christmas song, a Brooklyn-themed version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” (We’re told Mr. Markowitz’s communications director, Stefan Ringel, crafted this gem.)
Bloomberg on Bloomberg
Marty Markowitz first knew he wanted to become Brooklyn’s borough president when he was in his teens. But if it hadn’t been for an event that threatened to kill his political career long before he ran, he may have never have achieved that dream.
The year was 1982. Mr. Markowitz, a former tenants’ organizer, had spent four years representing a slice of Brooklyn in the New York State Senate only to see his former district diced up during a round of redistricting. To stay on the job, he needed to win re-election in a new, overwhelmingly African-American and Caribbean seat.
“I must tell you that when I was reapportioned, for a few minutes, I was not a happy camper … I was like shell-shocked,” Mr. Markowitz recalled, speaking to Politicker earlier this month at his office in Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Nothin' But Net
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, burnishing his legacy in all five boroughs this week as he prepares to leave office, shed a sliver of light today on the new consulting firm he’s planning to found once he leaves office, aimed at helping cities across the world.
Replete with a chorus, a celebrity senator and an adoring, well-heeled audience, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final speech to the Partnership for New York City this morning was a celebration of his legacy, controversy not included.
As at least seven candidates jockey for the role of City Council speaker–the second most powerful post in the city–Brooklyn’s role in the backroom contest remains an open question.
An Orthodox Approach
The seven leading candidates for City Council speaker clustered at a forum in Brooklyn earlier this evening, where they spent much of the time boasting about their their left-leaning credentials.
In addition to East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, who co-chairs the council’s growing Progressive Caucus, the stage included another caucus member, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who formally declared his candidacy tonight by appearing at his first candidates’s forum.
In a Brooklyn council district that many had trumpeted as a “super-Russian” seat, the Russian-American candidate with a trace of star power was ultimately routed by 16 points Tuesday night.
Chaim Deutsch, a longtime staffer to Councilman Michael Nelson, seized the open seat, proving the clout of the district’s Orthodox Jewish community is real and growing. Mr. Deutsch will join Councilman David Greenfield as the second Orthodox Jewish member of the City Council.