For local races, New York City overwhelmingly tilts towards the Democratic Party and there are only a handful of Council campaigns with the potential to be competitive in this November. The race for outgoing GOP Councilman Jimmy Oddo’s seat is likely to be one of them. And, according to a source active in local politics, the Democratic establishment is backing Mendy Mirocznik, a non-practing rabbi and lawyer, for the Staten Island district.
“We’re seeing fewer education dollars, less transportation options, deteriorating roads and there seems to be no relief in sight,” Mr. Mirocznik said in a statement announcing his candidacy yesterday. “Meanwhile, our small-businesses, the economic engine, of our community are struggling to survive – that is not a recipe for recovery. We need an advocate who will reverse this trend and bring real results for Mid-Islanders, and I believe I can do that.”
At a Saturday afternoon rally largely dedicated to defending Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm in the face of criminal fundraising allegations, Councilman Jimmy Oddo, who’s also a candidate for Borough President, decided to start his speech with a bang.
“It’s my style to take things heads on, so I want to start by addressing the controversy of the day,” Mr. Oddo began, taking off his jacket to reveal a sweater vest underneath.
Take Me Out To The Ball Game
At a press conference this morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was asked about Councilman Jimmy Oddo’s suggestion he buy the cash-strapped New York Mets. Mayor Bloomberg laughed off the idea.
“With Jimmy Oddo’s money?” he asked.
Mayor Bloomberg went on to say he has no interest in purchasing the Mets–or any other team for that matter because of the vicious nature of the sports media.
“Look the Mets are fun and I like going, I think Citi Field turned out fine. Why anybody wants to own a sports team, I can’t figure out. If you think the business press is tough, and then you get to the political press, the sports press that’s just really,” Mayor Bloomberg trailed off and let the audience fill in the blanks.
Councilman and State Senate hopeful Lew Fidler was a key player in the early days of fantasy baseball, but he’s not happy with the state of his real-life favorite team–The Mets. In the wee hours of this morning, Mr. Fidler posted a note on Facebook lamenting the condition of the Mets heading into the upcoming baseball season.
“The team is going to be DISMAL this year. I lived through and grew up with the miserable yet lovable Mets of the 60′s and have never been so sure of a last place finish in my life,” Mr. Fidler wrote.
City council minority leader Jimmy Oddo released today a study that the Independent Budget Office did at his request that is intended to show that the calls emanating from Zuccotti Park notwithstanding, the ultra-rich in New York City already pay a disproportionate share of personal income tax.
According to a release:
Republican City Councilman Jimmy Oddo is sad to see Deputy Mayor Goldsmith leave the administration.
But he’s not surprised.
“I don’t think he was cast in a position to succeed,” Oddo said, calling from his cell phone after pulling his car over to the side of the road. (He was on his way home to Staten Island to get softball equipment for tonight’s game against the mayor’s office.)
“I believe a deputy mayor for operations needs to be a tactician,” said Oddo, who called Goldsmith’s replacement, Cas Halloway, “the perfect selection” because “he learned at the knee of Ed Skyler, who was running 4/5 of the city for all intents and purposes.”
On It Goes
Last week’s New Yorker magazine featured an article about Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm getting into an altercation at a club back when Grimm, then an FBI agent, took his gun out and ordered all the white people there to leave.
Later, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio called on Grimm to urge the Read More
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