Brooklyn In The House
And then there were three.
The race to lead the City Council’s Brooklyn delegation is down to three candidates after one contender, Laurie Cumbo, declined to nominate herself for the race.
With Ms. Cumbo gone, current co-chair Darlene Mealy is now battling Steve Levin and freshman Carlos Menchaca for the two coveted posts. (David Greenfield, a co-chair with Ms. Mealy, is not seeking re-election after becoming chair of the powerful land use committee.)
Brooklyn In The House
Lori Boozer, a community activist challenging indicted Assemblyman William Boyland, won the first union endorsement in what may be yet another crowded race for the Brooklyn seat.
A decade ago, a young city councilman named Bill de Blasio won one of the first battles of his career in elected office when he became co-chair of the council’s Brooklyn delegation.
With a wild election season behind them, a crop of veterans and newly-elected Brooklyn council members are once again jockeying to lead their borough’s members.
Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, re-elected to her Brooklyn district just last year, is now mulling a run for Assemblyman William Boyland’s seat, two sources with knowledge of the race told Politicker.
Mr. Boyland is currently on trial for corruption charges and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. The Brownsville lawmaker has been indicted three times in total but won re-election two years ago while under indictment. If convicted, he would automatically forfeit his seat.
Crime & Punishment
Petitioning to get onto the ballot this year is already underway, and fund-raising began long before that, but one candidate rolled out her announcement just last Sunday.
And the candidate, education activist Kathleen Daniel, believes she has a solid shot at beating Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, too. Her campaign pointed to Ms. Mealey’s campaign war chest, which holds only several thousand dollars, and reports that she missed nearly a quarter of scheduled Council meetings, to press the case for Ms. Mealy’s vulnerability.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Brownsville this morning to preside over the opening of the first office of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (“NeON” for short), a program that aims to improve the way New York handles the probation process. Joined by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Department of Probation Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi, Mayor Bloomberg touted the facility as a crucial step in helping people on probation stay out of trouble. “We believe that this new approach can make a real difference in one of society’s most intractable problems; the high rate in which probationers return to prison,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
The next great battle in City Hall was joined today as the City Council held their inaugural hearing on The Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act, which would require all businesses that receive city subsidies pay at least $10 per hour, with benefits, to all of their employees.
Members of the Council grilled Tokumbo Shobowale, the chief of staff for Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert Steel, who defended a study released yesterday by the Economic Development Corporation that said the bill would put a stranglehold on the city’s economy and hurt job growth.
We are live at a packed City Council hearing on a proposal to mandate a living wage for city-subsidized projects.
The hearing got off to something of a rocky start when Darlene Mealy, who is leading the hearing in her capacity as chair of the Committee on Contracts, stumbled over the names of some of her colleagues and forgot others outright.