John Liu to Announce ‘Federal Challenge’ to Campaign Finance Board

John Liu. (Photo: Comptroller's Office)
John Liu. (Photo: Comptroller’s Office)

John Liu is still fighting.

The former comptroller, who is still exploring a return to elected office and maintaining an extensive public schedule, will hold a press conference tomorrow in Manhattan to announce a “federal challenge” to the Campaign Finance Board after he was denied public matching funds during last year’s mayoral race. Continue reading “John Liu to Announce ‘Federal Challenge’ to Campaign Finance Board”

Grace Meng and John Liu Slam Tony Avella for Joining IDC

State Senator Tony Avella. (Photo: Getty)
State Senator Tony Avella. (Photo: Getty)

State Senator Tony Avella’s decision to join the Independent Democratic Conference is irking ex-Comptroller John Liu and Congresswoman Grace Meng.

Mr. Liu and Ms. Meng–who like Mr. Avella, are Democrats hailing from northeast Queens–criticized Mr. Avella when asked about about his recent move to join the breakaway conference Democrats governing the State Senate with the Republican Party. Continue reading “Grace Meng and John Liu Slam Tony Avella for Joining IDC”

John Liu Is Keeping His Political Options Open

John Liu with Congresswoman Grace Meng today.
John Liu with Congresswoman Grace Meng today.

John Liu still won’t rule out another try for elected office. 

The ex-comptroller and mayoral candidate refused to swat down rumors that he is mulling a bid against Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, even as he put another batch of rumors to rest by endorsing his own congresswoman, Grace Meng, for re-election. Continue reading “John Liu Is Keeping His Political Options Open”

Liu Won’t Deny Congressional Bid Rumors [Update]

John Liu playing stickball during the mayoral campaign.
John Liu playing stickball during the mayoral campaign.

Could John Liu be running for Congress?

The indefatigable ex-comptroller, who ran an unsuccessful bid for mayor, has been the subject of still-undefined rumors that he’s contemplating a primary bid against Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng, a fellow Democrat.

Pressed with repeated phone calls, texts and direct questions asked of his spokesperson through email, Mr. Liu wouldn’t deny his interest.

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John Liu Campaigns Onward

John Liu. (Photo: Hiroko Masuike/Getty Images)
John Liu. (Photo: Hiroko Masuike/Getty)

He’s out of office, no longer running for election, and supposed to be weighing jobs in the private sector, but that isn’t enough to stop ex-comptroller and unsuccessful mayoral candidate John Liu from ending his perennial politicking.

Indeed, Mr. Liu, who was known to log a dozen stops across the five boroughs during an ordinary day, seems to be having trouble giving up the trappings of elected office, continuing his break-neck schedule of events even after his term as comptroller ended on December 31.

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John Liu Gives His Last Hurrah

John Liu delivering his final State of the City address as comptroller. (Photo: Comptroller's Office_
John Liu delivering his final State of the City address as comptroller. (Photo: Paul Brumlik/Comptroller’s Office)

City Comptroller John Liu gave his final “State of the City” address today, taking a final dig at outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg and bidding farewell to a room full of loyal supporters after a failed bid for mayor.

Speaking in front of a row of city flags at the old Emigrant Savings Bank around the corner from City Hall, Mr. Liu–giving his third such speech since the beginning of 2012–offered a heartfelt thank you to a room of faces who surrounded him frequently on the campaign trail. Continue reading “John Liu Gives His Last Hurrah”

‘She Is a Scapegoat’: John Liu’s Former Treasurer Appeals Conviction

Jenny Hou
Jenny Hou. (Photo: Facebook)

John Liu’s former campaign treasurer, Jia “Jenny” Hou, is appealing her conviction.

Ms. Hou, who was just 25 years old when she was arrested on fraud charges last year, was sentenced earlier this month to 10 months in prison for her participation in a straw donor scheme on behalf of Mr. Liu’s mayoral campaign. Continue reading “‘She Is a Scapegoat’: John Liu’s Former Treasurer Appeals Conviction”