Nydia Velázquez Backs Challenger to Councilman Steve Levin

Stephen Pierson speaks at his endorsement press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Stephen Pierson speaks at his endorsement press conference.

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez does not forgive and she does not forget.

Ms. Velázquez, who has been staunchly battling the faction of Brooklyn Democrats once headed by disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, continued her fight today, endorsing Stephen Pierson, who is challenging Mr. Lopez’s former chief of staff, Councilman Steve Levin.

“He, like many of us, is tired of the politics of nepotism. He is tired of much-needed resources for our community being allocated outside of the district without any accountability,” Ms. Velázquez said at an event on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall. “On September 10th, the voters of the 33rd Councilmanic district will have a choice for transparency and for reform.”

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Weiner Shrugs Off ‘New York-Style’ Confrontation at Democratic Club

Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)
Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)

In an interview on CBS radio this afternoon, Anthony Weiner said he simply had a “New York-style” exchange with a Democratic district leader who blasted him this week for running for mayor after resigning over a sexting scandal.  Continue reading “Weiner Shrugs Off ‘New York-Style’ Confrontation at Democratic Club”

Group Sues Bloomberg for $100 M. Over Cathie Black

black bloom walcott  Group Sues Bloomberg for $100 M. Over Cathie BlackA group led by Brooklyn district leader Chris Owens announced today that they are suing Mayor Mike Bloomberg for $100 million or his appointment of Cathie Black as city schools chancellor last year.

The class action suit, filed on behalf of the city’s public school parents, alleges that by appointing Black as schools chief, the mayor damaged the education of public school children throughout New York City.

“Michael Bloomberg, as Mayor, has a fiduciary obligation to act with the utmost of prudence and responsibility in running the New York City school system,” the suit claims. “He either knew, or should have known, that the appointment of Black was not in the best interests of the system, but he appointed her nonetheless. By so acting, Michael Bloomberg breached his fiduciary duty to the parents of all school children in New York City public schools and is guilty of ‘misfeasance of office.'”

The parents want Mayor Bloomberg to place $100 million of his own money (which they note, comes to approximately $1 million for each day of Ms. Black’s nearly 100-day tenure) into a fund used for teacher training “as compensation for the damage to the morale and performance of staff and teachers, which therefore impaired the education of students.”

Needless to say, this suit does not seem to stand much chance of success. Still, we have reached out to the mayor’s press office and will update if we hear back.

In the meantime, here is the claim, in full:

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