Clyde Vanel Loans Himself 100k to Take on Malcolm Smith

Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)
Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)

If Clyde Vanel fails to defeat indicted State Senator Malcolm Smith, it won’t be for lack of start-up cash.

According to the latest campaign finance filings, Mr. Vanel, a business attorney, loaned himself a sizable $100,000 to launch his campaign against Mr. Smith, a southeastern Queens Democrat charged last year in a bribery scheme to land himself on the GOP mayoral ballot. Continue reading “Clyde Vanel Loans Himself 100k to Take on Malcolm Smith”

New Candidate to Challenge Malcolm Smith

Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)
Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)

State Senator Malcolm Smith, a Democrat charged last year in a sprawling bribery scheme to land himself on the GOP ballot for mayor, looks like he will now be fending off at least two challengers if he seeks re-election this year.

Mr. Smith, is already facing attorney Munir Avery and will now also contend with Clyde Vanel, a former candidate for City Council and the State Assembly.  Continue reading “New Candidate to Challenge Malcolm Smith”

There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?

state senate map cover Theres a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?
A map of New York City’s State Senate districts.

It’s Election Day in New York next Thursday! But instead of a titanic battle between ideologies–your Mitt Romneys vs. Barack Obamas, if you will–the options on the ballot will be little-noticed state legislative contests between candidates of the same party, often with few policy differences.

However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting races happening. From “Who Gets Arrested for Raping a Grandmother?” to “Assemblywoman Caught Up in Sex Scandal with Two Young Men,” there’s been no shortage of nasty drama and mud slinging as voters head to the polls.

Here’s a breakdown of who’s running and why it might matter who wins. The list below focuses on Democratic races because the few Republican primaries in this staunchly blue city tend to have clear favorites or are taking place in such Democratic territory that the victor is reasonably likely to be irrelevant. Continue reading “There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?”