While Brooklyn council members jockey behind-the-scenes for the coveted chairmanships of their delegation, the smaller Manhattan delegation has already settled on their leadership.
Councilman Corey Johnson and Councilwoman Margaret Chin were quietly elected to chair their borough’s delegation almost two weeks ago. The vote was conducted by e-mail and Ms. Chin and Mr. Johnson defeated Council members Ben Kallos and Inez Dickens, insiders said.
In three unanimous votes, the City Council committees on health, public safety and transportation began their terms by moving to overturn vetoes from former Mayor Bloomberg.
The committees, which met for the first time this afternoon since the city’s new elected officials took office, voted to move forward with Bloomberg-vetoed legislation including a law to create a citywide animal abuse registry, and laws that would require the NYPD to report more information regarding park crime statistics and hit-and-run accidents.
The New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, a relatively small union known for punching above its weight when it comes to electoral politics, has picked their candidate in the race to replace Council Speaker Chris Quinn: West Side community board chairman Corey Johnson. Josh Gold, HTC’s political director, told Politicker that the race of particular importance to the union due to the growth of hotels there in neighborhoods like Midtown South and the Meatpacking District.
“Corey Johnson has been a community leader on the West Side for over a decade,” Mr. Gold added in a statement. “He has fought for quality jobs, permanent affordable housing, community-minded development and raising the quality of life for residents in the neighborhoods he seeks to represent.”
Corey Johnson, a young West Side community board chairman, isn’t slowing down in his quest to replace term-limited Council Speaker Christine Quinn in 2013. To wit, Mr. Johnson, who already rolled out a list of 500 neighborhood leaders supporting his candidacy and maxed out his fundraising, added two notable union endorsements this morning: RWDSU and UFCW 1500.
“RWDSU proudly endorses Corey Johnson in his race for City Council,” Ademola Oyefeso, the retail workers union’s political director, said in a statement, citing Mr. Johnson’s support for progressive legislation. “Under his leadership, Manhattan Community Board 4 was the first in the entire City to come out in favor of a living wage bill. He will be a steadfast ally for working families on the Council.”
Developments have continued to roll in for the race to replace retiring State Senator Tom Duane this week.
First, Corey Johnson, a Manhattan community board chair who was previously considering campaigning for the seat, announced that will forgo a campaign and instead endorse the establishment favorite Brad Hoylman, the chair of a neighboring community board.
It look likes retiring State Senator Tom Duane’s pick to replace him is definitely getting into the race. Brad Hoylman, the Chairperson of Community Board 2 in Manhattan, has formally registered a campaign committee for the seat.
“One of my closest friends is Brad Hoylman and I’ve made no secret at all of my fondness for him,” Mr. Duane said in an interview on Capital Tonight yesterday. “I haven’t officially made an endorsement but I would be very proud to have Brad Hoylman represent me in the district that I have been representing and I think he would share my values and fight as hard as I have been fighting.”
a questionable partnership
Corey Johnson, a candidate for the west side city council seat now belonging to the term-limited Christine Quinn, is getting some high-powered help in his bid for office.
Two openly gay members of the House of Representatives–Barney Frank of Massachusetts and Jared Polis of Colorado–are hosting a fundraiser for Mr. Johnson–at a townhouse tonight in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington D.C.
Tickets go for $50-$150, but because the soiree is in Washington D.C, it is unlikely that very many of the people there will be city residents, and those any contributions will not be able counted in the city’s generous campaign finance matching program.
The race to replace term-limited Council Speaker Christine Quinn looks like it’s already well underway. Two of the four likely candidates, local community board chairs Corey Johnson and Brad Hoylman, have already registered campaign committees and Mr. Johnson recently sent out a statement indirectly criticizing Mr. Hoylman over his day job, where he works as the executive vice president and general counsel for the business friendly lobbying group Partnership for New York City.
“Anyone who decides to run for office has a responsibility to tell the voters where they stand on key issues,” Mr. Johnson declared, noting the Partnership’s opposition to the living wage bill passed earlier this week. “This is especially true for a candidate who serves as a paid lobbyist for the 1%. If that candidate can’t – or won’t – answer questions on where he stands on core issues of economic justice, voters have little choice but to assume that he stands against the 99%.”
Corey Johnson, the chair of Community Board 4, has officially registered a campaign committee to run for term-limited Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s seat in 2013.
Mr. Johnson, who is one of the youngest Community Board Chairmen in the city, previously worked as deputy director for programs at GLAAD.