Councilman Lew Fidler might be getting a possible boost to his State Senate campaign this evening.
His colleague in the City Council, David Greenfield, will join Mr. Fidler in order to make an “announcement” today, suggesting a possible endorsement.
In the widely-circulated Wednesday weekend edition of the Orthodox Jewish newspaper Hamodia this week, both candidates in the special election to replace corrupt former State Senator Carl Kruger bought full page advertisements.
The Republican candidate, David Storobin, used his ad space to further draw attention to a letter signed by Rabbis arguing it is religiously forbidden to support the Democratic candidate, Councilman Lew Fidler. Mr. Fidler’s ad, meanwhile, sought to connect Mr. Fidler to local Jewish elected officials, Assemblyman Dov Hikind and Councilman David Greenfield.
City Councilman David Greenfield held a press conference in Boro Park this morning to slam plans to create a new “Super Jewish” district in South Brooklyn which would consolidate Jewish neighborhoods there into one State Senate district.
Mr. Greenfield compared the effort to create the district to efforts 500 years ago in “The Republic of Venice” where, “They created a specific neighborhood for Jews to live in. They told Jews ‘It would be good for you. Why don’t you want to live with everybody. We are going to separate you we are going to put you in a neighborhood.”‘
meter reader cheater
It’s not the most exciting issue in the world, but for the elected officials who gathered on the steps of City Hall this afternoon, the accuracy of the city’s new water meter readers is a big deal. The City Council Members said they are fielding many complaints from constituents who are struggling to pay suddenly surging water bills since the new meter readers were installed.
“Obviously this is a huge issue for us in Queens County and throughout the city. We’ve had an enormous amount of complaints from people who had the automated meters put in,” Councilman Mark Weprin said. “We kept getting complaints from people who said they had nothing changed in their lives, they used the exact same amount of water over the years. Somehow the new meters were charging them double and sometimes triple … Something’s wrong here.”
Today the City Council passed a bill that would ban the difficult-to-remove bright green stickers the Department of Sanitation places on cars parked on the wrong side of the street in violation of alternate-side parking regulations. The bill was introduced by Councilman David Greenfield.
“Punishing drivers with these impossible-to-remove stickers is unfair and unnecessary. New York City doesn’t employ methods of public humiliation and shame for those who violate serious crimes, yet has no problem defacing private property with neon stickers because you forgot to move your car on an alternate-side parking day,” Councilman Greenfield said in a statement announcing the bill’s passage. “This common-sense legislation will make life a little bit saner for New Yorkers.”
Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield introduced a bill in the City Council today that would prohibit the city from towing cars for parking violations.
“Any driver who has been towed knows that a trip to the impound lot can be one of the most frustrating experiences in New York City. This bill would give drivers a chance to pay their debts to the city without wasting an entire day trying to retrieve their vehicle. What’s more it would save driver’s at least $150 in towing and storage fees. It’s a simple and fair way for the city to enforce its parking laws without excessively punishing drivers,” Councilman Greenfield said in a statement about the bill.
Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for an anti-Semitic attack on Flatbush. Three cars were torched. Graffiti featuring swastikas. the phrase “Kill The Jews” and “KKK” were also scrawled on benches near the scene.
Crime & Punishment
Councilman David Greenfield, who wants to ban the difficult-to-remove violation stickers the Sanitation Department places on illegally parked cars, told the Observer what he thinks about Mayor Bloomberg comparing opposition to the stickers to murderers who don’t understand why they end up in jail. “I’m certain the Mayor was joking,” Councilman Greenfield said. The Councilman also told us why he thinks the stickers are “cruel and unnecessary” punishment.
Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield fired a long-time staffer yesterday, who, in return, emailed colleagues saying she was “relieved” to be let go, because “I was no longer able to support David’s agenda, nor willing to tolerate his growing ego.”
“I staffed him at nearly every event imaginable,” Stefanie Fedak wrote in an email sent to friends last night, and forwarded to me by a couple of readers. “Yet, this morning, he decided that there was no longer a place for me in his office and he terminated my employment. I was not given an explanation beyond ‘this is no longer working out.’”
Fedak went on to say ”I wouldn’t vote for David again, let alone work for him.”
In a brief email correspondence, Fedak confirmed she wrote the email but declined to discuss it further.
Her full email is after the jump.
Rep. Weiner isn’t the only New York elected official whose tweets are worth following.
You can get a pretty colorful tick-tock of Council hearings from @NYCGreenfrield, who, yesterday, called a Deputy Mayor “cowardly” for not attending one.