Michael Mulgrew Won’t Take Joe Lhota’s Calls

Joe Lhota
Joe Lhota signs an autograph.

The United Federation of Teachers is screening its calls.

Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota says the president of the powerful teachers’ union, Michael Mulgrew, has refused to take his phone calls, despite repeated attempts to connect.

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Colleague Reaffirms Kellner Support as Others Bail

Dan Quart, Assemblyman Kellner and the rest of the East Side Crew.
Dan Quart (center), Assemblyman Kellner (left) and the rest of the East Side crew. (Photo: Facebook/Micah Z. Kellner)

Assemblyman Dan Quart re-affirmed his support for City Council candidate Micah Kellner this afternoon, in the wake of allegations that Mr. Kellner had sexually harassed female staffers working in his Assembly office.

Mr. Quart reached out to Politicker to double-down on his support for his colleague’s candidacy as other lawmakers, including City Councilwoman Jessica Lappin, State Senators José Serrano and Brad Hoylman and Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez, abandon the campaign.

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Will the Real Joe Lhota Please Stand Up?: Candidate’s Allies Long for Lhota Who Used to Retweet Drunk Hulk

Then-MTA Chair Joe Lhota after Hurricane Sandy.
Then-MTA Chair Joe Lhota after Hurricane Sandy.

Some politicians adore campaigning; buttonholing commuters, making the church rounds to share their visions for the city and having heart-to-hearts at senior centers.

And then there are candidates like Joe Lhota, the leading Republican running for mayor.

Chatting up passersbys recently outside a subway stop on the Upper East Side, Mr. Lhota’s energetic hellos and handshakes were interspersed with awkward pauses and commentary, as he stood with his hands on his hips, arms framing a bulky white shirt and blue striped tie.

“I’m leaving as soon as it starts raining,” he said to his staff, only half-joking, during a lull between handshakes under an increasingly threatening sky.

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Some Guy Is Also Running for Mayor

A Mayor of the People not Above the People. (Photo: PostForMayor.com)
A campaign poster. (Photo: PostForMayor.com)

Step aside Anthony Weiner, Michael Post is also in the mix–sort of.

Mr. Post, a veteran employee in the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, told the Staten Island Advance he’s taking the plunge, jumping into the mayor’s race as well. But Mr. Post, who’s aiming to petition onto an independent ballot line, didn’t sound especially confident of his chances.

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Christine Quinn Is Out of Secrets After Revealing Bulimia and Alcohol Struggles

Christine Quinn being interviewed by Barnard President Debora Spar. (Photo: Jill Colvin)
Christine Quinn being interviewed by Barnard President Debora Spar. (Photo: Jill Colvin)

After disclosing in the New York Time today that she had suffered with bulimia and alcoholism, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn continued to discuss her personal struggles earlier this afternoon, but insisted to a room full of college students that the revelations were intended to help other people—not her mayoral campaign.

Ms. Quinn’s event with a select group of students at the all-women’s Barnard College coincided with the printing of the story, in which Ms. Quinn talked about developing bulimia as a teenager struggling with her mother’s death, and her overuse of alcohol in the years after.

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Wanted: GOP Mayoral Hopeful With Vague Conservative Impulses, Massive Personal Wealth a Plus

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On a brisk mid-October day, Tom Allon announced he was dropping out of the highly competitive Democratic mayoral primary and would instead be a contender in the far sparser Republican field. “Theodore Roosevelt cleaned up New York by telling truth to power and truth to the public,” he declared, standing before the equestrian statue of Theodore Roosevelt on the Upper West Side. “I plan to run a campaign that will talk about the hard truths facing our city, and ideas I have to fix our growing problems.”

The event’s august backdrop may have oversold its symbolic importance. It’s impossible to find a neutral party who thinks Mr. Allon, a local newspaper publisher whose weeklies include Our Town and The West Side Spirit, is anything but a long-shot to replace term-limited Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013. But as no fewer than five heavyweight Democrats are already in contention for the office, each of whom has raised over a million dollars, Mr. Allon’s move highlights the fact that Republicans, so far at least, are still on the hunt for a formidable standard-bearer.

Sensing the vacuum, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. announced Monday night that he has also left the Democratic Party in hopes of securing the Republican line for mayor. Continue reading “Wanted: GOP Mayoral Hopeful With Vague Conservative Impulses, Massive Personal Wealth a Plus”