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”

Some Speaker Candidates Offer to Stick Around a Little Longer

Councilman Mark Weprin. (Photo: Facebook)
Councilman Mark Weprin. (Photo: Facebook)

As he lobbies aggressively to become the next speaker of the City Council, Mark Weprin likes to say he has one clear advantage over his rivals: he will be able to serve in the city’s second most powerful post for up to eight years. Continue reading “Some Speaker Candidates Offer to Stick Around a Little Longer”

‘I’m Not an Ideologue’: Jimmy Vacca Makes His Pitch for Council Speaker

Councilman Jimmy Vacca. (Photo: Facebook)
Jimmy Vacca. (Photo: Facebook)

In a year when the city’s political zeitgeist has drifted far to the left, Councilman Jimmy Vacca is hoping to govern the City Council from the relative center. Continue reading “‘I’m Not an Ideologue’: Jimmy Vacca Makes His Pitch for Council Speaker”

Speaker Candidates Navigate New Red Sox Politics

Red Sox fans celebrate their victory in the 2013 World Series with a sign that reads "THIS IS OUR BLEEP CITY!" (Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty)
Red Sox fans celebrate their victory in the 2013 World Series with a sign that reads “THIS IS OUR BLEEP CITY!” (Photo: Jared Wickerham/Getty)

For aspiring New York politicians, it’s harder to publicly slam the Red Sox these days.

At a candidates forum last night, the contenders for City Council speaker were forced to publicly declare their opinion of the Boston baseball team, which is despised by local sports fans but beloved by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who is expected to play an outsized role in the race. Continue reading “Speaker Candidates Navigate New Red Sox Politics”

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”

Speaker Candidates Face Off for the First Time

The leading candidates.
The leading candidates.

The leading candidates for City Council speaker faced off for the first time tonight at a public forum, laying out their cases and weighing in on a host of issues, including a package of major rules reforms that would dramatically scale back the speaker’s power. Continue reading “Speaker Candidates Face Off for the First Time”