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Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander’s interest in local issues has resulted in some national attention.
Tomorrow morning, the White House will be honoring Mr. Lander as an “open-government and civic hacking” “Champion of Change” for his work on behalf of participatory budgeting in the City Council.
Last night, the labor-backed Working Families Party announced their support in a host of races across the city, beginning with Tish James for public advocate and working their way down to open-seat council campaigns.
The endorsement for Ms. James, a Brooklyn councilwoman, is particularly notable because, with a less sizable campaign war chest than her top rivals, Ms. James’ strategy relies on unifying union forces. There are two other citywide races this year, but without a strong labor consensus for mayor and a virtually uncontested race for comptroller, the public advocate competition is relatively unique.
This morning at the New School, Council Speaker Christine Quinn gave a sweeping speech on reforming New York City’s education system, where she rolled out ideas like tablets replacing textbooks and online service programs for both students and parents. Creatively using the online shoe company Zappos.com as an example, Ms. Quinn also pressed the case for how more should be done within the city’s existing educational framework.
“Now, not everything we’re talking about here requires a new program, sometimes it’s just about recommitting to doing things better,” Ms. Quinn said, quickly pivoting to a her shoe-based explanation. “I don’t know … how many of you are familiar with the online shoe company Zappos? Now, for those of you know me, I know you’re shocked I figured out how to work shoes into the speech. But I will say, 50 percent off online and they’re good, okay?”
Khari Edwards, an aide to Senator John Sampson who previously worked for Governor David Paterson, looks like he’s ready to move out of Albany politics and into City Hall.
On Wednesday evening, Mr. Edwards is holding a campaign kickoff event for Councilwoman Tish James’ seat. Ms. James is widely expected to run for Public Advocate in 2013, leaving a vacant seat behind her for aspiring politicians in her Central Brooklyn district.
ues disco party
David Menegon, president of the Lenox Hill Democratic Club, has registered a City Council campaign committee and looks like he’s set to run for Councilwoman Jessica Lappin’s Upper East Side seat in 2013. Ms. Lappin is expected to run for Manhattan Borough President, leaving a vacant seat behind her.
Mr. Menegon’s interest in the seat was already established, but he pointedly told reporters that he was only mulling a run and hadn’t registered a committee yet.
Hill Krishnan, an adjunct professor at New York University and underdog candidate in the race to succeed Councilwoman Jessica Lappin in her Upper East Side seat, can dance. And, in a 2006 YouTube video entitled “Indian Disco Dancer,” he brings it to the streets of Manhattan.
Dressed in shiny disco-themed clothing, Mr. Krishnan strolls around doing chops and kicks as surprised onlookers gaze on. He eventually switches locations and ends up dancing both in a field and shirtless on the beach.