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.
Ken Biberaj, a vice president at the iconic Russian Tea Room restaurant, has hired a big name to work on his City Council campaign: veteran political consultant Hank Sheinkopf. Mr. Biberaj is running to replace term-limited incumbent Councilwoman Gale Brewer.
“As an Upper West Sider myself, I’m thrilled to work with a candidate who has such a compelling vision for the neighborhood’s future,” Mr. Sheinkopf said in a statement this morning. “It is important that we help protect small businesses and young families on the West Side, and I look forward to representing such a strong and motivated candidate as Mr. Biberaj.”
Ken Biberaj, who works as Vice President at the Russian Tea Room restaurant in Manhattan, looks like he might be throwing his hat in the ring to succeed term-limited Councilwoman Gale Brewer. This afternoon, he registered a committee for the seat, allowing him to fundraise and campaign for the City Council position in 2013.
Mr. Biberaj came to his executive position at the iconic restaurant through his family’s real estate business. The Russian Tea Room has often been featured in pop culture, making appearances in shows ranging from When Harry Met Sally to Gossip Girl.
2013: Quinn does three public events in Queens today, after posting impressive campaign finance numbers. [Twitter]
2013: Quinn consultant Josh Isay explains Quinn’s appeal: “In the last month, Chris Quinn helped pass marriage equality, saved thousands of teacher jobs, stopped 20 firehouses from being closed and now had her best fund-raising period ever. She’s on a roll.” [Sally Goldenberg / NY Post]
2013: “I’m very pleased with our fund-raising numbers” said Stringer. [Michael Saul / WSJ]
2013: “John Liu…did not release fund-raising numbers yesterday and did not return calls.” [Erin Einhorn / Daily News]
2013: Council candidates Rosenthal and Huffnung raising too. [Gail Robinson / Gotham Gazete]
Health Care: “Cuomo administration has pulled the plug on an effort to pressure hospitals to perform fewer cesarean sections.” [Jacob Gershman / WSJ]
Duffy’s Rent: Cuomo spokesman notes Lt. Gov’s doesn’t get per diems, like a legislator. [Jon Campbell / Democrat and Chronicle]
Albany: Women make up just one-fifth of the NY legislator. [Tom Precious / Buffalo News]
Texting: Cuomo signs bill toughening penalties for texting while driving; GPS still okay. [Joe Spector / Poughkeepsie Journal]
Texting: “This bill will save lives — period,” Cuomo said. [Carl Campanile / NY Post]