Inez Dickens Not Dropping Out of Speaker’s Race

Councilwoman Dickens. (Photo: council.nyc.gov)
Councilwoman Dickens. (Photo: council.nyc.gov)

Harlem Councilwoman Inez Dickens is refusing to drop her bid for City Council speaker, despite a deal that appears to give her rival, Melissa Mark-Viverito, the votes to win.

According to a spokesman, the councilwoman believes she can better represent her district by staying in the race. Continue reading “Inez Dickens Not Dropping Out of Speaker’s Race”

Speaker Hopefuls Have Mixed Legislative Track Records

From left to right: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jimmy Vacca, Mark Weprin, Annael Palma and Dan Garodnick.
From left to right: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Jimmy Vacca, Mark Weprin, Annael Palma and Dan Garodnick.

As the seven candidates for City Council Speaker jockey for the city’s most powerful legislative post, much attention has been paid to their agendas, their temperaments and their stances on various issues.

Far less attention has been paid to their legislative records in the body they’re hoping to lead. But an analysis of City Council records shows the candidates have had vastly different levels of success when it comes to passing bills–arguably a crucial indicator of the kind of legislative leaders they might be. Continue reading “Speaker Hopefuls Have Mixed Legislative Track Records”

Jumaane Williams Only Speaker Candidate to Knock Bill Bratton

Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio Announces William Bratton As City's Next Police Chief
Bill Bratton and Bill de Blasio yesterday. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

The candidates vying for City Council speaker mostly hailed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s choice of Bill Bratton to lead the police department, though one was willing to openly criticize the pick.

In a lengthy statement yesterday, Councilman Jumaane Williams took issue with Mr. Bratton’s “mixed” record when he held the same job under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose police force was repeatedly accused of crossing the line in its efforts to drive down crime. Continue reading “Jumaane Williams Only Speaker Candidate to Knock Bill Bratton”

Speaker Hopefuls Don’t Know Exactly How They’ll Choose a Speaker

Several of the candidates  for council speaker met a forum at New York Law School last night.
Several of the candidates for council speaker met a forum at New York Law School last night.

The candidates for City Council speaker aren’t sure exactly how to pick a winner. 

Several of the pols vying for the city’s second most powerful post were stumped at a Manhattan forum last night when an audience member asked about the specific process by which their 51-member body will go about choosing the next speaker in January. Continue reading “Speaker Hopefuls Don’t Know Exactly How They’ll Choose a Speaker”

Democratic Speaker Candidates Strain to Appease Republican Trio

The Council Speaker candidates in Staten Island.
Tonight’s Staten Island event.

Appearing in Staten Island tonight for yet another City Council speaker candidates’ forum, the seven Democratic hopefuls strained to appease the three Republicans in the 51-member body, two of whom were in attendance. Continue reading “Democratic Speaker Candidates Strain to Appease Republican Trio”

Speaker Candidates Joust for Progressive Mantle at Brooklyn Forum

Councilman Jumaane Williams introduces himself at the Brooklyn council speaker's forum.
Councilman Jumaane Williams introduces himself at the Brooklyn council speaker’s forum.

The seven leading candidates for City Council speaker clustered at a forum in Brooklyn earlier this evening, where they spent much of the time boasting about their their left-leaning credentials.

In addition to East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, who co-chairs the council’s growing Progressive Caucus, the stage included another caucus member, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who formally declared his candidacy tonight by appearing at his first candidates’s forum. Continue reading “Speaker Candidates Joust for Progressive Mantle at Brooklyn Forum”

Candidates Spar Over Speaker’s Power at Second Forum

The leading candidates for City Council Speaker tonight in the Bronx.
The leading candidates for City Council Speaker tonight in the Bronx.

The leading candidates for City Council speaker met for the second time tonight at a forum in the Bronx, where they sparred over the potential impact of proposed rule reforms that would significantly rein in the speaker’s powers and–some fear–also weaken the council. Continue reading “Candidates Spar Over Speaker’s Power at Second Forum”