Joe Crowley Says He Has Made Peace With Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Congressman Joe Crowley in Queens today.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Congressman Joe Crowley in Queens today.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Congressman Joe Crowley clashed in the backroom contest for City Council speaker. But the latter says it’s all good now.

Mr. Crowley, who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, told reporters this afternoon that he’s not dwelling on the speaker’s contest, where he was outmaneuvered behind the scenes by Mr. de Blasio and now-Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. The race culminated in a unanimous vote for Ms. Mark-Viverito last week. Continue reading “Joe Crowley Says He Has Made Peace With Bill de Blasio”

‘This Is Going to Be All-Out War’: Progressives and County Leaders Collide Over Speaker’s Race

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)

The city’s most powerful Democratic county organizations and its allies are bracing for political warfare after Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio began telling council members that he would like to see Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito elected the next City Council speaker.

“This is going to be an all-out war,” a source in one of the county organizations told Politicker today, as the clash reached a new phase. “De Blasio is bullying members to go with Melissa. The new members are really afraid. But most county leaders and veteran council members want anyone but Melissa.” Continue reading “‘This Is Going to Be All-Out War’: Progressives and County Leaders Collide Over Speaker’s Race”

Progressive Caucus and Queens County Begin to Collide

Joe Crowley. (Photo: Sajjad Hussain/Getty)
Queens Democratic leader Joe Crowley. (Photo: Sajjad Hussain/Getty)

As the City Council’s growing Progressive Caucus sways the council speaker’s race, insiders are questioning whether their sizable bloc of Queens members will remain loyal to the caucus–or be picked off by their county leaders.

Members of the caucus have pledged to remain unified as they try to crown the city’s second-most powerful leader, even though they have yet to decide which candidate to support. But some wonder whether Queens Democrats–whose bloc vote has made them the most influential force in past speaker’s races–may stand in the way. Continue reading “Progressive Caucus and Queens County Begin to Collide”

Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley Reflect on Being Arrested Yesterday

Charlie Rangel under arrest. (Photo: Getty)
Charlie Rangel under arrest. (Photo: Getty)

“I didn’t get up in the morning ready to go to jail,” Charlie Rangel told Politicker today.

“I went to speak to the throngs of people and to give them encouragement,” he said. “Some people recognized me and asked me if I would get arrested with them: ‘Why won’t you, are you with us?’ I thought there’d be enough younger people getting arrested rather than me but I couldn’t walk away.” Continue reading “Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley Reflect on Being Arrested Yesterday”

Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley Arrested at Immigration Protest

Congressman Joe Crowley's head sticks up above the crowd. (Photo: Congressman Charlie Rangel's office)
Joe Crowley’s head sticks up above the crowd. (Photo: Vine/Charlie Rangel’s office)

New York Congressmen Charlie Rangel and Joe Crowley were among eight federal lawmakers reportedly arrested at an immigration reform rally in Washington D.C. earlier this evening.

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James Notches Not-Entirely-Unified Queens Democrats Endorsement

Councilwoman Tish James in Queens today.
Councilwoman Tish James in Queens today.

When the Queens Democratic Party announced it would be endorsing Councilwoman Tish James in the runoff election for public advocate, the crowd suddenly got much smaller.  Continue reading “James Notches Not-Entirely-Unified Queens Democrats Endorsement”

Melinda Katz’s Endorsement Pile Keeps Growing

Melinda Katz. (photo: melindakatz.com)
Melinda Katz. (photo: melindakatz.com)

The Queens Democratic Party is famously unified, as their endorsement tends to come along with most of the county’s elected officials. For former Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s borough president campaign, which was backed by the Democratic organization last month, this has proven to be the case yet again–with a slew of new endorsements announced today.

Current Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez declared their support for the Katz campaign, along with former borough president candidate and State Senator  José Peralta, State Senator James Sanders, Assemblywoman Vivian Cook and  Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubrey.

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