New York Quits
Smoking is out at City Hall.
City politicians took to Twitter today to applaud CVS’s announcement that its stores will no longer sell tobacco after Oct. 1.
“Thanks to @CVS_Extra for taking bold action to improve public health & make vision of a #tobaccofree generation one step closer to reality,” wrote Comptroller Scott Stinger, a longtime anti-smoking activist.
a bronx tale
Riding high on optimism, State Senator Liz Krueger and a bevy of Democratic pols began a public push today to legalize and tax marijuana in New York State.
Ms. Krueger will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot in the State Senate, beginning an uphill battle that could pit her against Republicans, who partially control the Senate chamber, and possibly Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
eye in the sky
The role of an assemblyman’s chief of staff in an independent expenditure that tried to defeat Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito is drawing scrutiny in the Bronx.
Ms. Mark-Viverito and Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda were two of mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio’s earliest backers.
exiting stage right
New York may join the list of states across the country that have been curtailing the use of unmanned drones. Newly-elected Bronx Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda just announced he is “preparing legislation to circumscribe the domestic usage of drones.”
“The Assemblyman believes that not enough attention is being paid to their operations in the United States, and envisions that without appropriate safeguards, they can be used for malicious and intrusive purposes,” a press release from Mr. Sepulveda’s office declared. “Mr. Sepulveda is open to coordinating with civil libertarian groups to ensure that any bill originating from his office will be adequately comprehensive to “stay ahead” of this burgeoning technology.”
Last night, Roberto Perez reported Bronx Assemblyman Peter Rivera “is looking to leave the Assembly, and submitted papers for a position on the surrogate court” and Mr. Rivera’s chief of staff Danny Figueroa is looking to run in the election replacing him.
“He is exploring for other options, he did apply for surrogate court, but he hasn’t actually made a decision yet,” Mr. Figueroa told The Politicker this morning.
A Bronx political insider additionally confirmed to The Politicker that Mr. Figueroa is indeed laying the groundwork for a campaign, but speculated Mr. Rivera might very well run for reelection. For his part, Mr. Figueroa said he would be very interested in the seat should it become vacant, but his loyalties remain with Mr. Rivera.