Jumaane Williams Hopes Mayor Appoints New Buildings Commissioner ASAP

Bill de Blasio being briefed on today's explosion. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio being briefed on today’s explosion. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

City Councilman Jumaane Williams is hoping that Mayor Bill de Blasio appoints a new Department of Buildings commissioner “as soon as possible” in the wake of a catastrophic East Harlem building explosion.

“I think the mayor, we all know is taking steps to appoint people … the Department of Buildings is one of the ones that are leftover,” Mr. Williams, the chair of the council’s housing and buildings committee, told reporters this afternoon in the City Council chambers. Continue reading “Jumaane Williams Hopes Mayor Appoints New Buildings Commissioner ASAP”

Mayor de Blasio’s Investigations Pick Sails Forward With One Abstention

Jumaane Williams (Photo: Facebook)
Jumaane Williams (Photo: Facebook)

The City Council rules committee today voted overwhelmingly to confirm Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pick to lead the Department of Investigation, but one council member wasn’t completely thrilled with the move. 

Councilman Jumaane Williams, a member of the committee, abstained from the vote–the only council member to do so–arguing the candidate, Mark Peters, who served as Mr. de Blasio’s campaign treasurer, is too close to the new mayor. Continue reading “Mayor de Blasio’s Investigations Pick Sails Forward With One Abstention”

Members Question Whether Council Has Enough Black Leadership

Councilman Jumaane Williams (left) with Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
Councilman Jumaane Williams (left) with Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

While Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and her backers hailed the diversity of the council’s new leadership, several council members wondered whether enough blacks had won the top slots. 

Councilman Jumaane Williams, now a member of the council’s leadership team and the chairman of the housing and buildings committee, today expressed concern about the amount of black leadership in the city, hinting that the council could have done more for black council members.  Continue reading “Members Question Whether Council Has Enough Black Leadership”

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”

Palma Backs Garodnick as Speaker Field Narrows to Two

Daniel Garodnick. (Photo: Facebook)
Daniel Garodnick. (Photo: Facebook)

The fireworks aren’t over in the speaker’s race, even as it appears East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito has seized the momentum.

The other candidates in the races are continuing to drop out, with several establishment-oriented candidates throwing their support behind East Side Councilman Dan Garodnick, who has emerged as Ms. Mark-Viverito’s main rival for the job. Continue reading “Palma Backs Garodnick as Speaker Field Narrows to Two”

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”

Jumaane Williams Only Speaker Candidate to Knock Bill Bratton

Mayor-Elect Bill De Blasio Announces William Bratton As City's Next Police Chief
Bill Bratton and Bill de Blasio yesterday. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

The candidates vying for City Council speaker mostly hailed Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s choice of Bill Bratton to lead the police department, though one was willing to openly criticize the pick.

In a lengthy statement yesterday, Councilman Jumaane Williams took issue with Mr. Bratton’s “mixed” record when he held the same job under former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose police force was repeatedly accused of crossing the line in its efforts to drive down crime. Continue reading “Jumaane Williams Only Speaker Candidate to Knock Bill Bratton”