Senator Squadron Moonlights as Oprah Book Reviewer

The latest O.
The latest O.

Brooklyn State Senator Daniel Squadron spends a lot of his time drafting and negotiating legislation in Albany. But he also has other hobbies.

In the April edition of O, Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, Mr. Squadron reviews March: Book One, the graphic novel by Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a civil rights leader. Continue reading “Senator Squadron Moonlights as Oprah Book Reviewer”

Jenifer Rajkumar Files for Daniel Squadron’s Senate Seat [Update]

Jenifer Rajkumar. (Photo: Facebook)
Jenifer Rajkumar. (Photo: Facebook)

Jenifer Rajkumar, a Democratic district leader and attorney who lost a heated primary challenge this year against Councilwoman Margaret Chin, has registered a campaign committee to run for the seat held by State Senator Daniel Squadron.

Mr. Squadron has been the subject of rumors that he’s in line for a job in Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s administration next year, which would hypothetically leave his seat open for the taking. Continue reading “Jenifer Rajkumar Files for Daniel Squadron’s Senate Seat [Update]”

Tish James Celebrates Making History in Public Advocate’s Race

Letitia James declares victory. (Photo: William Alatriste)
Letitia James declares victory. (Photo: William Alatriste)

Brooklyn City Councilwoman Letitia James claimed victory tonight in the public advocate’s runoff, delivering an emotional and defiant speech after handily beating her Democratic opponent, State Senator Daniel Squadron.

Continue reading “Tish James Celebrates Making History in Public Advocate’s Race”

Daniel Squadron Concedes Public Advocate’s Race

Daniel Squadron tonight.
State Senator Daniel Squadron concedes tonight.

State Senator Daniel Squadron tonight conceded to his rival in the public advocate’s runoff, Councilwoman Tish James, ending a race that had grown bitter in its final days.

“This campaign was really about making the public advocate’s office a more effective force for those folks who most need it,” Mr. Squadron declared at his election-night party on the Lower East Side. Continue reading “Daniel Squadron Concedes Public Advocate’s Race”

Tish James Projected Winner of Public Advocate Runoff

Letitia James and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)
Letitia James and Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

New York City’s next public advocate will be Tish James, according to NY1 and the Associated Press, which just called the Democratic runoff tonight.

Ms. James, a Brooklyn councilwoman, is facing off against State Senator Daniel Squadron and currently holds a wide, 19-point percentage of the vote, with 83 percent of precincts reporting. Continue reading “Tish James Projected Winner of Public Advocate Runoff”

Tish James Downplays Historic Nature of Her Campaign on Voting Day

Tish James greets voters in Jamaica, Queens today.
Tish James greets voters in Jamaica, Queens today.

At one of her final campaign stops of the public advocate’s race, Councilwoman Tish James repeatedly downplayed the historical nature of her candidacy.

If Ms. James triumphs in the runoff today, she will become the first black woman elected to citywide office. Throughout her campaign her supporters have both celebrated that fact and noted that her opponent, State Senator Daniel Squadron, would be the third white male on the Democrats’s citywide ticket if he wins. But Ms. James insisted this afternoon that history was not on her mind. Continue reading “Tish James Downplays Historic Nature of Her Campaign on Voting Day”

Mailers Accuse Tish James of Getting ‘Sweetheart’ Home Loan

Councilwoman Tish James.
Councilwoman Tish James.

In the days leading up to today’s runoff election, the public advocate’s race reached its final, frenzied–and personal–pitch.

Included in the barrage was a pair of mailers sent over the weekend alleging City Councilwoman Tish James, who is in a runoff against State Senator Daniel Squadron, obtained a “sweetheart” loan on her Brooklyn home, which has come under scrutiny in the past. Continue reading “Mailers Accuse Tish James of Getting ‘Sweetheart’ Home Loan”