Brooklyn Delegation Race Down to Three Candidates

Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Photo: Wikipedia)

And then there were three.

The race to lead the City Council’s Brooklyn delegation is down to three candidates after one contender, Laurie Cumbo, declined to nominate herself for the race.

With Ms. Cumbo gone, current co-chair Darlene Mealy is now battling Steve Levin and freshman Carlos Menchaca for the two coveted posts. (David Greenfield, a co-chair with Ms. Mealy, is not seeking re-election after becoming chair of the powerful land use committee.)  Continue reading “Brooklyn Delegation Race Down to Three Candidates”

Challenger Eyes Run Against Assemblyman Felix Ortiz

Assemblyman Felix Ortiz. (Photo: NYS Assembly)
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz. (Photo: NYS Assembly)

A local community board member has filed to run against Brooklyn Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, potentially setting up the first primary battle for the longtime lawmaker in more than a decade.

Cesar Zuniga, a member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 7 and research director for the Parent-Child Home Program, said he was considering a bid against Mr. Ortiz and would make a final decision soon.  Continue reading “Challenger Eyes Run Against Assemblyman Felix Ortiz”

Four Council Members Battling to Chair Brooklyn Delegation

Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Photo: Wikipedia)

A decade ago, a young city councilman named Bill de Blasio won one of the first battles of his career in elected office when he became co-chair of the council’s Brooklyn delegation. 

With a wild election season behind them, a crop of veterans and newly-elected Brooklyn council members are once again jockeying  to lead their borough’s members. Continue reading “Four Council Members Battling to Chair Brooklyn Delegation”

Multiple Pols Arrested at LaGuardia Labor Protest

Congressman Charlie Rangel, before his arrest.
Congressman Charlie Rangel, before his arrest.

Police arrested New York Congressman Charles Rangel and 29 others, including City Councilmen Ritchie Torres and Antonio Reynoso, at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day-themed labor protest at LaGuardia Airport this afternoon.

The representatives had joined airport workers from the building workers’ union SEIU 32BJ as they gathered outside the airport to demand greater protections, including increased wages, health benefits, paid sick days, and the right to a paid holiday on Martin Luther King Day. In an act of intentional civil disobedience, the protesters staged a sit-in across the 94th Street bridge to LaGuardia, blocking traffic to and from the airport. Continue reading “Multiple Pols Arrested at LaGuardia Labor Protest”

Central Labor Council Flexes Muscles in New Political Landscape

Vincent Alvarez. (Photo: CLC)
Vincent Alvarez. (Photo: CLC)

The city’s future corridors of power suddenly look very inviting to Vincent Alvarez.

The president of the Central Labor Council–an umbrella group for the city’s million-plus union members–is getting ready to grapple with a government that is expected to be far friendlier to organized labor than the recent years of frayed relations with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. And he hopes his work bolstering some of this year’s winning candidates will help to open the door. Continue reading “Central Labor Council Flexes Muscles in New Political Landscape”

Electoral Victors Call for Campaign Finance Reform

City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees.
City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees. (Photo: Twitter/cmenchaca)

Last Tuesday’s elections settled contentious races across the city, but for good-government advocates, the fight for campaign finance reform is still ramping up.

Various winners in City Council primaries gathered with members of Common Cause New York on the steps of City Hall today to castigate the influence of independent expenditures, especially Jobs for New York, a group backed by real estate interests.

Continue reading “Electoral Victors Call for Campaign Finance Reform”