Democrats Already Mulling Tony Avella Challenge

Tony Avella. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty)
Tony Avella. (Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

The battle for the State Senate may be shifting to eastern Queens.

Queens State Senator Tony Avella enraged Senate Democrats today by joining the Independent Democratic Conference, a coalition of breakaway Democrats who govern the Senate with the GOP, and hurting the Democratic conference’s chances of taking over the chamber in November. Continue reading “Democrats Already Mulling Tony Avella Challenge”

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”

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”

Julissa Ferreras Said to Be Quietly Maintaining Speaker Candidacy [Update]

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras. (Photo: NYC Council)
Julissa Ferreras. (Photo: NYC Council)

After a bevy of forums and closed-door powwows, the field of City Council speaker candidates appears to be set at seven. But some insiders are increasingly buzzing about one dark horse contender for the second-most-powerful post in the city: Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras.  Continue reading “Julissa Ferreras Said to Be Quietly Maintaining Speaker Candidacy [Update]”

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”

Speaker Hopefuls Don’t Know Exactly How They’ll Choose a Speaker

Several of the candidates  for council speaker met a forum at New York Law School last night.
Several of the candidates for council speaker met a forum at New York Law School last night.

The candidates for City Council speaker aren’t sure exactly how to pick a winner. 

Several of the pols vying for the city’s second most powerful post were stumped at a Manhattan forum last night when an audience member asked about the specific process by which their 51-member body will go about choosing the next speaker in January. Continue reading “Speaker Hopefuls Don’t Know Exactly How They’ll Choose a Speaker”