Scott Stringer Cracks Down on ‘Tainted’ School Milk Contracts

Comptroller Scott Stringer highlights possible collusion among DOE milk providers
Comptroller Scott Stringer highlights possible collusion among DOE milk providers

A Department of Education contract with milk providers has gone sour, the city’s new comptroller charged today.

Scott Stringer’s first major audit of city schools has revealed evidence of collusion among the dairy companies that provide milk to school children, Mr. Stringer told reporters at a press conference this morning. Continue reading “Scott Stringer Cracks Down on ‘Tainted’ School Milk Contracts”

John Liu Campaigns Onward

John Liu. (Photo: Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images)
John Liu. (Photo: Hiroko Masuike/Getty)

He’s out of office, no longer running for election, and supposed to be weighing jobs in the private sector, but that isn’t enough to stop ex-comptroller and unsuccessful mayoral candidate John Liu from ending his perennial politicking.

Indeed, Mr. Liu, who was known to log a dozen stops across the five boroughs during an ordinary day, seems to be having trouble giving up the trappings of elected office, continuing his break-neck schedule of events even after his term as comptroller ended on December 31.

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John Liu Gives His Last Hurrah

John Liu delivering his final State of the City address as comptroller. (Photo: Comptroller's Office_
John Liu delivering his final State of the City address as comptroller. (Photo: Paul Brumlik/Comptroller’s Office)

City Comptroller John Liu gave his final “State of the City” address today, taking a final dig at outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg and bidding farewell to a room full of loyal supporters after a failed bid for mayor.

Speaking in front of a row of city flags at the old Emigrant Savings Bank around the corner from City Hall, Mr. Liu–giving his third such speech since the beginning of 2012–offered a heartfelt thank you to a room of faces who surrounded him frequently on the campaign trail. Continue reading “John Liu Gives His Last Hurrah”

Eliot Spitzer Denies He’s Plotting Another Run for Office

Eliot Spitzer the day after he launched his city comptroller campaign this year. (Photo: Getty)
Eliot Spitzer on the campaign trail for city comptroller. (Photo: Getty)

Ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer insists he’s not diving back into the political arena just yet, contrary to a New York Post report earlier this evening.

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John Liu Looks Forward to Life After Elected Office

John Liu yesterday with his top consultant at his right, Chung Seto.
John Liu yesterday.

Even though he finished a distant fourth in last week’s Democratic primary, Comptroller John Liu was surprisingly upbeat yesterday.

Speaking at a Manhattan “volunteer appreciation party”–he has four more such parties scheduled today–the failed mayoral candidate told Politicker he was ready to look outside of politics for his next gig.

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Scott Stringer Credits ‘Integrity’ in Win Over Eliot Spitzer

Scott Stringer declaring victory.
Scott Stringer declaring victory.

After what may have been the nastiest–and most high-profile–race for comptroller in New York City history, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer eked out a four-point win tonight over his better-known rival, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.

Mr. Stringer and his wife took the stage at the campaign’s victory party to great applause, cheers and even the throwing of a hat.

Thanking family, friends and his campaign staff, the victorious candidate energized the crowed and made a “promise to bring integrity, experience and leadership” to the office–a less-than-subtle final dig at Mr. Spritzer, who was forced to resign five years ago in the wake of a prostitution scandal. Continue reading “Scott Stringer Credits ‘Integrity’ in Win Over Eliot Spitzer”

Bill Thompson’s Fate in Limbo as Paper Ballots Wait

Bill Thompson standing beside his wife on stage tonight.
Bill Thompson standing beside his wife on stage tonight.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s fate remains in limbo as the Board of Elections embarks on a manual count of outstanding ballots to determine whether or not a runoff will be necessary,

Front-runner Bill de Blasio sailed to victory with just over 40 percent of he vote, with 98 percent of precincts reporting. But the Board of Elections will not make a final decision until an estimated 19,000-plus paper ballots are counted–a process that will last into next week.

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