Councilmen Blast Bill de Blasio for Failing to Halt More Co-Locations

Mayor Bill de Blasio with Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.
Mayor Bill de Blasio with Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina.

The gloves are coming off in the City Council.

Brooklyn City Councilmen Vincent Gentile, David Greenfield and Mark Treyger blasted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Department of Education today for failing to halt a slew of co-locations in their districts.

The Department of Education announced earlier today that they would be pulling the plug on nine previously approved school co-locations, including three charter schools–drawing praise from the teachers’ union and fire from charter advocates, who charge the decision will leave thousands of children fighting for alternate space come September. Continue reading “Councilmen Blast Bill de Blasio for Failing to Halt More Co-Locations”

Councilman Proposes City Clear Snowy, Icy Sidewalks on Property Owners’ Dime

Brooklyn City Councilman David Greenfield is tired of property owners neglecting to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice this winter.

Armed with dozens of complaints, the councilman, who represents Borough Park, Midwood and parts of Bensonhurst, is proposing a new law that would increase the fine to delinquent residential and commercial property owners and use that revenue to pay for municipal workers to clear the sidewalks.
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The Tower Broker: Council’s New Land Use Chair Set to Become Force in City Politics

Councilman David Greenfield. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)
Councilman David Greenfield. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

The tweet was maybe two minutes old, but David Greenfield was already walking over to the table of reporters in the City Council chamber to confront the one who had erroneously broadcast he wasn’t wearing a tie.

“You don’t see this?” asked Mr. Greenfield, the City Council’s powerful new land use committee chair. He was clenching the knot of the cream-colored tie beneath his sweater, grinning. “Correct the tweet now.” He wanted the political junkies on his Twitter feed, which he constantly monitors, Cory Booker-like, to know he was properly attired for his coronation. Continue reading “The Tower Broker: Council’s New Land Use Chair Set to Become Force in City Politics”

Brooklyn Councilman Thinks Upper East Siders Complain Too Much About Snow

Councilman David Greenfield (left) with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras.
Councilman David Greenfield (left) with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras.

Mayor Bill de Blasio may have said that his sanitation department could have done more to remove snow from Upper East Side streets after Tuesday’s storm, but at least one Brooklyn councilman thinks the mayor should not be apologizing to the tony neighborhood.

Councilman David Greenfield, who was elevated to chair the council’s influential land use committee thanks to a deal brokered by Mr. de Blasio, delivered a blistering defense of the snow clearing operation on his radio show yesterday, calling the people of the Upper East Side “complainers.” Continue reading “Brooklyn Councilman Thinks Upper East Siders Complain Too Much About Snow”

Mark-Viverito Allies Ascendant After Committees Doled Out

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hugs Councilman Daneek Miller. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)
Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito hugs Councilman Daneek Miller. (Photo: William Alatriste/NYC Council)

For the prescient and lucky council members who backed Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito from the beginning, yesterday’s committee assignments represented the dawn of a new era of influence. For those who battled Ms. Mark-Viverito to the anxious end, meanwhile, there were few plums to be had.

Though Ms. Mark-Viverito and her allies have claimed they want to usher in a new regime committed to good government principals and not the classic carrot-and-stick diplomacy that has long governed the council, yesterday showed that Ms. Mark-Viverito, like her predecessor Christine Quinn and endless pols before them, is more than happy to use influence to reward allies and punish dissenters. Continue reading “Mark-Viverito Allies Ascendant After Committees Doled Out”

Outraged Officials Demand New York Post Apologize for Coverage of Slain Businessman

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams  holds up a copy of the New York Post at today's protest. (Photo: Kathryn Kirk)
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams holds up a copy of the New York Post at today’s protest. (Photo: Mr. Adams’s office/Kathryn Kirk)

The New York Post sparked outrage today with a controversial front page featuring a photo of Menachem Stark–a Williamsburg businessman whose smoldering body was found in a Long Island dumpster yesterday–with the caption: “Who didn’t want him dead?”

The story, labeling Mr. Sark a “millionaire Hasidic slumlord,” detailed the 39-year-old father of eight’s allegedly shady business practices to argue there could be many potential suspects for his murder. Continue reading “Outraged Officials Demand New York Post Apologize for Coverage of Slain Businessman”

Speaker Deal Said to Place David Greenfield in Line for Land Use

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David Greenfield. (Photo: NYC Council)

The sudden deal for Manhattan Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy is expected to benefit the coalition that unified behind her–especially Brooklyn’s Democratic party.

Among the beneficiaries may be Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield, who is said to be in line to be the next chairman of the City Council’s powerful Land Use committee, according to multiple sources close to the negotiations for Council speaker.

Continue reading “Speaker Deal Said to Place David Greenfield in Line for Land Use”