Walrond to Announce Rangel Challenge Tomorrow

Mike Walrond. (Photo: Walrond Campaign)
Mike Walrond. (Photo: Walrond Campaign)

Rev. Mike Walrond will officially kick off his run for Congress tomorrow evening, potentially complicating Congressman Charlie Rangel’s path to re-election. 

Mr. Walrond, a pastor at a large Harlem church and the head of the clergy division at Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, will face Mr. Rangel and most likely State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who has been gearing up for a rematch after nearly knocking off the veteran congressman in 2012. Continue reading “Walrond to Announce Rangel Challenge Tomorrow”

‘The City Needs the Right African-American’: Rev. Butts Endorses Thompson This Time

Uniformed EMS Officers Union stand behind mayoral candidate Bill Thompson during today's event.
Uniformed EMS Officers Union members stand behind mayoral candidate Bill Thompson at today’s event.

Rev. Calvin Butts III, who notably endorsed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s re-election bid four years ago, is officially throwing his support to the man Mr. Bloomberg defeated in this year’s mayoral race: former Comptroller Bill Thompson.

The endorsement–announced in Harlem at the intersection of 125th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard–is part of Mr. Thompson’s effort to consolidate the minority vote as he faces off against his two top rivals: Democrats Bill de Blasio and Christine Quinn. Indeed, at today’s event, the influential Harlem minister said Mr. Thompson, the only black candidate in the race, would be able to uniquely deliver for the African-American community.

“I think he brings a perspective that we all need,” said Mr. Butts. “What do I say to African-Americans? I say, ‘Yes, I stand with Bill Thompson’ because I think he is the enlightened African-American who can provide great leadership for this city.”

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Harlem’s Political Power Lunchers Remember Sylvia Woods

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Reverend Al Sharpton eulogizing Sylvia Woods at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon. (Photo: Getty)

Harlem restaurateur Sylvia Woods was a legendary chef, but she was also a key figure in the Uptown political scene. At her funeral service at Grace Baptist Church in Mount Vernon today, many of the high-powered regulars from Woods’ eponymous restaurant showed up to share their remembrances and pay tribute to Woods as a pioneering African-American businesswoman, an ally in the civil rights struggle and, of course, a superb chef.

“Every protest, every movement, every plan, every law started with a breakfast, or lunch or a dinner at Sylvia’s,” former Governor David Paterson explained. Continue reading “Harlem’s Political Power Lunchers Remember Sylvia Woods”