Bill de Blasio Hails ‘Win, Win’ Paid Sick Days Legislation

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at a press conference announcing the agreement of a new paid sick days bill. (Photo: NYC Council)
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at a press conference announcing the agreement of a new paid sick days bill. (Photo: NYC Council)

Hailing a bill he’s helping push into law, Mayor Bill de Blasio today called the imminent expansion of mandatory paid sick time “progressive legislation in every sense.”

Standing with a handful left-leaning City Council members at a required City Hall hearing, Mr. de Blasio praised the controversial bill that will expand mandatory paid sick time coverage to businesses that employs five or more people, upping the number of people covered under a bill the council passed a year ago. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Hails ‘Win, Win’ Paid Sick Days Legislation”

Chirlane McCray and Gloria Steinem Speak at New Manhattan Family Justice Center

Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan's Family Justice Center
Chirlane McCray speaks at the opening of Manhattan’s Family Justice Center

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, shared the podium today with political heavyweights and women’s rights leaders, including feminist icon Gloria Steinem, to announce the opening of Manhattan’s new Family Justice Center.

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Manhattan Borough President Not a Fan of 7-Eleven

7-Eleven logo. (Photo: Wikimedia)
7-Eleven logo. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Borough President Gale Brewer has had it up to here with chain stores in Manhattan.

“We have the chain stores. I hate to say this, but if I see one more 7-Eleven, I’m going to throw up,” Ms. Brewer quipped this morning. Continue reading “Manhattan Borough President Not a Fan of 7-Eleven”

Offbeat Boxing Promoter Tries to Roil West Side Council Race

Aaron Braunstein a championship boxing belt. (Photo:  Matthias Bernold)
Aaron Braunstein and a championship boxing belt. (Photo: Matthias Bernold)

In a city where a prostitute-patronizing ex-governor and a pathological cybersexter can launch viable campaigns, Aaron Braunstein still manages to be one of the more singular candidates for public office this year.

Sipping a Red Bull and droning with a straight face about how he once won a Rolls Royce in a high-stakes Vegas card game, Mr. Braunstein is an unlikely City Council candidate for an even unlikelier district: the high-minded Upper West Side, where Mr. Braunstein, the father of Orange is the New Black actress Natasha Lyonne, lives alone in a cluttered apartment that once belonged to Mike Tyson.

“I talk to the biggest people in the world. I read Tolstoy, Hunter Thompson, I collect antiques … I mean, I’d vote for me,” Mr. Braunstein recently told Politicker, speaking in a Brooklyn rasp that conjured Godfather– era Marlon Brando. Mr. Braunstein was sporting a pencil moustache along with a three-piece suit, flowing scarf and silver tie peaking out from his vest. A gray ponytail flowed down his back, and on Mr. Braunstein’s plump ring finger was an ancient Roman coin the size of a silver dollar that he said had been fished out from the Mediterranean Sea.

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Gale Brewer Press Release Touts Support From Former Interns

Gale Brewer. (Photo: Facebook)
Gale Brewer. (Photo: Facebook)

Some campaigns point to endorsements from powerful labor unions. Others tout backing from notable elected officials and political clubs.

Upper West Side Councilwoman Gale Brewer boasted today about her former interns.

“Council Member Gale Brewer has been known since she was elected to office, and even prior, for enlisting interns that could make US Senators jealous,” declared the release from her campaign. “During her tenure in the City Council, Gale offered countless internships in her district and city hall offices. ”

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Upper West Side Candidate Stands by Giuliani Contribution

Helen Rosenthal. (Photo: Facebook)
Helen Rosenthal. (Photo: Facebook)

Helen Rosenthal, one of the leading Democrats campaigning for an Upper West Side Council district, cut a $1,000 check for former Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s aborted Senate campaign. But despite the neighborhood’s status as a progressive bastion, Ms. Rosenthal’s campaign told Politicker she stood by the contribution as a strategic play against a more conservative rival.

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1199 Backs Marc Landis in Upper West Side Council Race

(Photo: Facebook)
(Photo: Facebook)

In one of its first endorsements this year, the influential 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers union has backed District Leader Marc Landis to replace outgoing Upper West Side Councilwoman Gale Brewer. The race to replace Ms. Brewer is one of the most hotly contested in the city, so the backing from one of the state’s labor powerhouses is undoubtedly a nice boost for Mr. Landis’ campaign.

“Marc Landis has a proven record as a progressive activist dedicated to improving our public schools, creating good jobs, advocating for affordable health care and protecting affordable housing for the working families of New York City,” George Gresham, the union’s president, said in a statement. Continue reading “1199 Backs Marc Landis in Upper West Side Council Race”