Reshma Saujani Says She’s Running the Show This Time Around

Reshma Saujani. (Photo: Facebook)
Reshma Saujani. (Photo: Facebook)

Last time Reshma Saujani ran for office, it didn’t go so well. The former deputy public advocate and Girls Who Code founder spent more per vote than billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but finished with just 19 percent in her 2010 primary challenge against Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.

And even today, she continues to face flak for taking on a popular incumbent, which was painted most recently by one of her opponents as an anti-feminist move.

But Ms. Saujani, 37, said this time around, as she campaigns for public advocate, it’s a very different story.

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Kellner Touts Maloney’s Endorsement Despite Condemnation

A mailer featuring Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s endorsement of Assemblyman Micah Kellner.

Just like magic, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney can disappear and reappear again–at least on campaign mailings.

When Assemblyman Micah Kellner, now running for an Upper East Side City Council seat, confessed last month to inappropriate conduct with a former staffer years ago, many of his endorsers bailed. His campaign then awkwardly removed the supporters’ names, including Ms. Maloney’s, by covering them with white stickers. But now she’s back.

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Two State Senators Rescind Their Micah Kellner Endorsements

A sheet touting Assemblyman Micah Kellner's council endorsements. Councilwoman Jessica Lappin's appears covered up.
Kellner campaign literature with Councilwoman Lappin’s name removed.
Assemblyman Micah Kellner’s campaign for Councilwoman Jessica Lappin’s Upper East Side seat just lost a few more supporters.

Joining Ms. Lappin, State Senators José Serrano and Brad Hoylman withdrew their support of Mr. Kellner following revelations that he had sexually harassed a former staffer.

“The news surrounding Assemblymember Micah Kellner is indeed troubling. In light of this news, I along with my colleague, Senator Brad Hoylman, will be rescinding our endorsements of Micah for the City Council seat he’s seeking,” Mr. Serrano said in an email to Politicker. Continue reading “Two State Senators Rescind Their Micah Kellner Endorsements”

Carolyn Maloney Professes Love for John Catsimatidis

Carolyn Maloney. (Photo:
Carolyn Maloney. (Photo:

Though she’s already endorsed a member of her own party for mayor, Democratic Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is apparently a huge fan of Republican John Catsimatidis as well. And Ms. Maloney had a special message for the Catsimatidis supporters seated in the swanky Terrace on the Park penthouse in Queens yesterday evening.

“I love John Catsimatidis!” she shouted into a microphone at the front of the ballroom, before leaving the podium to quickly schmooze with the crowd. Continue reading “Carolyn Maloney Professes Love for John Catsimatidis”

Charles Barron, Carolyn Maloney Endorse in Mayoral Race

Charles Barron. (Photo: Getty)
Charles Barron. (Photo: Getty)

Although almost all of the city’s elected officials have stayed mum on this year’s mayoral election, especially on the Democratic side of the aisle, two new politicians have already thrown their support behind different candidates this week. Brooklyn Councilman Charles Barron endorsed Comptroller John Liu for the city’s top job and Manhattan Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney did the same for Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

“I think he brings energy. I think he brings real commitment to working class families. He’s a fighter against Wall Street,” Mr. Barron told Politicker before Mr. Liu’s Sunday announcement event. “I think he’s done good as comptroller to make sure that we got an equitable share of the contracts and pension investments. I think he’ll be the best candidate.”

Mr. Barron, of course, has said a raft of controversial statements during his tenure in office. Continue reading “Charles Barron, Carolyn Maloney Endorse in Mayoral Race”

Carolyn Maloney: ‘Right Now, We’re Marching Towards Sequestration’

Carolyn Maloney
Carolyn Maloney

New York City Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was quite pleased with President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last night, but she’s not optimistic about Congress heeding the president’s call to to avoid the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts known as the “sequester” that are scheduled to go into effect March 1.

“I love his speech he came out swinging,” Ms. Maloney told Politicker about the president’s speech last night.  Continue reading “Carolyn Maloney: ‘Right Now, We’re Marching Towards Sequestration’”

Carolyn Maloney and Jessica Lappin Back Micah Kellner for Council

Micah Kellner (Photo: Facebook)
Micah Kellner (Photo: Facebook)

Upper East Side Assemblyman Micah Kellner’s campaign for the City Council got a nice boost this morning with the official endorsements of the neighborhood’s congresswoman, Carolyn Maloney, and the woman whose job he’s aiming to grab, Jessica Lappin.

“I wholeheartedly endorse Micah Kellner for City Council. I have been honored to represent the 5th District for the last seven years and know he will make an outstanding Council Member for our community,” Ms. Lappin said in a press release. Continue reading “Carolyn Maloney and Jessica Lappin Back Micah Kellner for Council”