Demonstrating that Mother Nature goes about her work without fear or favor, several prominent New York political figures were among the thousands who had their homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy this week.
In the middle of an interview with the Queens Times Ledger, for example, Far Rockaway Councilman James Sanders exclaimed, “A tree has fallen on my wife’s car.” Asked whether he wished he had left his flooded neighborhood, which was in the mandatory evacuation Zone A, Mr. Sanders expressed only one regret.
“I expected this and worse,” he said. “I regret not moving my wife’s car.”
Breezy Point, on the tip of the Rockaway Peninsula, was among the most devastated neighborhoods in New York City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Indeed, floods and fires left the area reminiscent of a war zone.
The fires also claimed the homes of Congressman Bob Turner and State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, Crain’s Insider reported. Fortunately, Mr. Turner’s office told the publication that the congressman and his wife made it out safely. Mr. Long is safe-and-sound too.
A number of other candidates have won tough races tonight. As the results come trickling in, here are some notable ones:
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., currently facing federal charges that he solicited bribes to pay his legal bills in an unrelated federal corruption case, won against a slew of challengers. Six opponents split the anti-Boyland vote, allowing him to skate by with a weak plurality.
State Senator Shirley Huntley, indicted a couple weeks ago on charges that she helped deliver member items to a sham non-profit, lost to Councilman James Sanders, who waged an aggressive campaign and managed to turn out his base in a seat made less favorable to Ms. Huntley in redistricting.
The Working Parties Family rolled out duel endorsements this afternoon, and while neither is necessarily surprising, both candidates are undoubtedly happy to have the labor-backed coalition’s support.
The first endorsement went to Councilman James Sanders, who’s working to unseat State Senator Shirley Huntley in the Democratic primary only 9 days away. The deadline has passed for the WFP to officially put Mr. Sanders on their ballot line, but the backing is a nice validator as Ms. Huntley tries to keep her head above water since she was arrested on Monday of last week.
State Senator Shirley Huntley, who’s been under investigation for funneling large amounts of money in nonprofits linked to her family and friends, held an “Emergency Press Conference” today in front of her home, and apparently announced that she expects to be arrested next week as a result.
“So Sanders, what are you going to different? All you guys come up here, what are you going to different?” an audience member asked Councilman James Sanders Friday night at a Democratic club in Richmond Hill.
Mr. Sanders, a candidate for the State Senate against incumbent Shirley Huntley, then strolled up to the front.
“I’m glad you asked that question sir, and I’m going to answer you this way,” he responded. “One of the things that we’re going to different is that we’re going to open up an office in this community. This noble community should not have to trek a million miles to get service.”
The audience member, who happened to be Mr. Sanders himself assuming multiple roles as he scurried back and forth between his speaking position and the crowd, amusingly countered, “That’s good Sanders, but that’s only the beginning, we need more!”
“I’m only going to put money into evidence-based projects,” Earnest Flowers, the chairman of the fairly powerful Elmer H. Blackburne Democratic Club in southeast Queens, told The Politicker when he announced his City Council campaign yesterday evening, explaining his plans if he’s successful. “Everything has to be evidence-based.”
Mr. Flowers’s interest in the seat, currently held by term-limited Councilman James Sanders, had already been established when he registered a campaign committee, but now his campaign is swinging into full gear with a campaign website and a relatively unique campaign platform.
Councilman James Sanders, who was reportedly already moving forward in his primary campaign against Democratic State Senator Shirley Huntley, has taken another significant step in his campaign by registering a committee for the run.
The campaign committee will allow Mr. Sanders to raise and spend money as he embarks on the often difficult task of defeating an incumbent state senator in a low-turnout Democratic primary.
a share of the occupie
The City Council’s progressive wing and their labor allies threw their support behind the Occupy Wall Street protesters, backing “the day of action” the movement has planned for Thursday.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer sent a letter to Verizon urging them to repay New York City $800,000 in response to findings from a city investigator who said the major telecom company benefited from the illegal activity of one of their subordinates.
In his August 30th letter to Jim Gerace, president of of the New York Region for Verizon, Stringer said $800,000 was the “minimum” amount the company should repay, based on a report from Richard Condon, the special commissioner of investigations for New York City public schools.