Latino Leaders Try to Boost Mark-Viverito’s Speaker Candidacy

The rally for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito today.
The rally for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito today.

A collective of Latino elected officials and labor leaders rallied to boost Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy today, comparing her to President Barack Obama and celebrating her closeness with organized labor.

The rally, held at the headquarters of 32BJ SEIU, served as a reminder to the many council members who were not backing Ms. Mark-Viverito that influential forces were coalescing around her candidacy. Continue reading “Latino Leaders Try to Boost Mark-Viverito’s Speaker Candidacy”

Two State Senators Rescind Their Micah Kellner Endorsements

A sheet touting Assemblyman Micah Kellner's council endorsements. Councilwoman Jessica Lappin's appears covered up.
Kellner campaign literature with Councilwoman Lappin’s name removed.
Assemblyman Micah Kellner’s campaign for Councilwoman Jessica Lappin’s Upper East Side seat just lost a few more supporters.

Joining Ms. Lappin, State Senators José Serrano and Brad Hoylman withdrew their support of Mr. Kellner following revelations that he had sexually harassed a former staffer.

“The news surrounding Assemblymember Micah Kellner is indeed troubling. In light of this news, I along with my colleague, Senator Brad Hoylman, will be rescinding our endorsements of Micah for the City Council seat he’s seeking,” Mr. Serrano said in an email to Politicker. Continue reading “Two State Senators Rescind Their Micah Kellner Endorsements”

Bronx Pols Defend Marc Anthony After ‘Unspeakable Attacks on Social Media’

Marc Anthony singing at Citi Field this week. (Photo: Getty)
Marc Anthony singing at Citi Field this week. (Photo: Getty)

After singer Marc Anthony was berated on Twitter, a pair of politicians have rushed to his defense.

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Scott Stringer Starts to Deal With His Eliot Spitzer Problem

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer deflects questions about his new opponent, Eliot Spitzer.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer today.

Less than 24 hours after former Gov. Eliot Spitzer shocked the city by jumping into the comptroller’s race, his Democratic opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, deflected question after question about Mr. Spitzer at a press conference this afternoon on the Upper West Side.

“I think the strategy is really the same. The issue is, who is going to fight for the working people of this city, the middle class, the people who are struggling,” said Mr. Stringer, insisting that Mr. Spitzer’s late entry into the race won’t change how he campaigns. “This election is about integrity, as every election is. This elections is about choice, so there is going to be competition.” Continue reading “Scott Stringer Starts to Deal With His Eliot Spitzer Problem”

‘Guillermo William Billy Thompson’ Battles for Bronx Votes

Today's press conference.
Today’s press conference.

As the four biggest Democratic mayoral campaigns push against one another for every voter in the five boroughs, their focus has often turned to the Bronx, home to constituencies that none of them can lay natural claim to.

And, earlier today, former Comptroller Bill Thompson was the latest to announce Bronx officials’ endorsements in the form of Congressman José Serrano and his son, State Senator José Serrano. The duo labeled Mr. Thompson a “coalition builder” who can reach out to their heavily Hispanic communities.

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Bronx Congressman Mourns Hugo Chávez’s Passing

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Earlier today, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez died after an extended bout with cancer. Needless to say, Mr. Chávez, a prominent opponent of United States foreign policy whose critics accused him of dictator-style thuggery at home, will not be fondly remembered in many corners of American politics.

But in the Bronx, at least, Mr. Chávez has a booster in the form of veteran Congressman José Serrano, who responded to the news by praising the Venezuelan leader’s anti-poverty efforts.

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Trio of NYC House Members Warn Obama They Won’t Back Cut-Based Sequester Bargain

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(Photo: Getty)

Three members of New York City’s congressional delegation have signed on to a letter vowing not to back any White House bargain to avoid the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts known as the sequester that includes cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Both parties have been at an impasse over the cuts with Democrats favoring debt reduction through tax increases and Republicans wanting spending cuts. President Barack Obama has repeatedly expressed a desire to make a deal ahead of the March 1 deadline that includes both tax increases and proposals to reduce the costs of social programs. Now, Congressmen Jerry Nadler, Jose Serrano and Nydia Velazquez have all signed the pledge promising not to back any deal including the compromises being called for by the White House.

“Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are the great bedrocks of our middle class society and, together, constitute an essential safety net for millions of Americans,” Mr. Nadler said. “I will fight like hell against any deficit plan that cuts these programs or fails to address our immediate jobs problem. It is unconscionable for Republicans to ask those who can least afford it – seniors, kids, our most vulnerable families – to sacrifice even more and shoulder a disproportionate burden. I do not support anydeal that cuts Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits.” Continue reading “Trio of NYC House Members Warn Obama They Won’t Back Cut-Based Sequester Bargain”