Four Council Members Battling to Chair Brooklyn Delegation

Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Photo: Wikipedia)

A decade ago, a young city councilman named Bill de Blasio won one of the first battles of his career in elected office when he became co-chair of the council’s Brooklyn delegation. 

With a wild election season behind them, a crop of veterans and newly-elected Brooklyn council members are once again jockeying  to lead their borough’s members. Continue reading “Four Council Members Battling to Chair Brooklyn Delegation”

Laurie Cumbo Apologizes for Controversial ‘Knockout Game’ Letter

Laurie Cumbo. (Photo: Facebook)
Laurie Cumbo. (Facebook)

Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who caused a national controversy after writing a letter on racial violence that blamed recent attacks partially on resentment of  “Jewish success” and “Jewish landlords”—is sorry.

A week after the controversy first emerged, Ms. Cumbo is out with a new statement, apologizing “for any pain I have caused” and insisting she meant to help bridge the gap between the African-American and Jewish communities as a purported “knockout game” continues in city streets.  Continue reading “Laurie Cumbo Apologizes for Controversial ‘Knockout Game’ Letter”

Electoral Victors Call for Campaign Finance Reform

City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees.
City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees. (Photo: Twitter/cmenchaca)

Last Tuesday’s elections settled contentious races across the city, but for good-government advocates, the fight for campaign finance reform is still ramping up.

Various winners in City Council primaries gathered with members of Common Cause New York on the steps of City Hall today to castigate the influence of independent expenditures, especially Jobs for New York, a group backed by real estate interests.

Continue reading “Electoral Victors Call for Campaign Finance Reform”

HTC Backs Laurie Cumbo for Tish James’ Seat

(Photo: Facebook)
(Photo: Facebook)

A crowded field of candidates are vying to replace Councilwoman Tish James, each hoping to leverage every electoral advantage for her Fort Greene-based seat. Accordingly, one contender, Laurie Cumbo, the former head of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, rolled out the support of the small-but-powerful Hotel Trades Council earlier today.

“We are thrilled to announce our support for Laurie Cumbo today,” Josh Gold, the union’s political director, said in a statement. Continue reading “HTC Backs Laurie Cumbo for Tish James’ Seat”