Speaker Hopefuls Don’t Know Exactly How They’ll Choose a Speaker

Several of the candidates  for council speaker met a forum at New York Law School last night.
Several of the candidates for council speaker met a forum at New York Law School last night.

The candidates for City Council speaker aren’t sure exactly how to pick a winner. 

Several of the pols vying for the city’s second most powerful post were stumped at a Manhattan forum last night when an audience member asked about the specific process by which their 51-member body will go about choosing the next speaker in January. Continue reading “Speaker Hopefuls Don’t Know Exactly How They’ll Choose a Speaker”

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.

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Update: Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Allowing Affidavit Ballots for Hurricane Victims

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New Jersey, where special early voting was allowed for Hurricane victims (Getty Images)

Tomorrow’s electoral process just got a little bit easier for people displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Governor Andrew Cuomo acquiesced to pressure from several elected officials and good government groups this evening and signed an executive order allowing anyone registered in a federally-declared disaster area to vote by affidavit ballot or choose from one of several other alternatives.
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With Board of Elections Scrambling After Sandy, Groups Push for Provisional Ballots

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A voting booth set up at a school in the East Village earlier today. (Photo: Getty)

Trying to figure out where to vote tomorrow? You’re not alone: with the presidential elections and several local races being voted on tomorrow, the state is at a loss of how to deal with the thousands of displaced citizens who no longer have a place to cast their ballot–nor any information on how to do so. Several good government groups believe an expanded provisional ballot program could improve the chaotic situation, but Governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to approve the proposal.  Continue reading “With Board of Elections Scrambling After Sandy, Groups Push for Provisional Ballots”

Morning Read: Jurors Asked Their Opinion of Bloomberg; Mayor Gives His to U.N.;Deputies Living Large and Living Elsewhere

In violation of an executive order, deputy mayor Robert Steel seems to live in Connecticut–The Daily News busted him there wearing “golf shoes, shorts and a preppie sweater.”

…And OEM Director Skip Funk apparently lives in Florida.

Mario Cuomo is the lead investor in a group hoping to acquire a bank which would then create a new line of lending aimed at struggling municipalities, setting up a possible conflict of his interest with his son.

The NYPD placed an undercover cop at a Ground Zero Mosque protest last year.

Jonathan Lippmann is calling for a less punitive approach to juvenile offenders, sending some to family court first.

Dennis Walcott announced that the city would open 50 new middle schools in the next two years.

At the United Nations yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg spoke about the city’s public health efforts, and “he took full advantage of the opportunity to brag, to indulge in his inner scold and to give a plug to Bloomberg Philanthropies and his alma mater, Johns Hopkins, for their work on public health,” Anemona Hartocollis writes.

Common Cause is breaking with other groups calling for an independent redistricting commission in favor of strict criteria over how lines are drawn.

Justice Department lawyers are asking a federal judge to move up the date of New York state’s primary election because local election officials have failed to mail ballots in time to military personnel and other Americans overseas.

Prospective jurors in the John Haggerty trial are  being asked their opinion of Mayor Bloomberg.

About 50 of Manhattan’s most popular restaurants are being forced to explain how they comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Walmart foes predict an influx of superstores if the retail giant is able to get a toehold in NYC.

Texting while driving tickets are going up.

A look at what it would actually take for Barack Obama to lose New York.