Melissa Mark-Viverito Set to Hire Former State Senate Contender

Jay Otaño. (Photo: Facebook)
Jason Otaño. (Photo: Facebook)

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is set to hire Jason Otaño, an attorney and former candidate for the state senate and assembly, a spokesman for the office confirmed to the Observer.

Mr. Otaño will join the general counsel’s office of the City Council, though his exact title and salary have yet to be defined.

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Lincoln Restler Joins de Blasio Administration

Lincoln Restler. (Photo: Facebook)
Lincoln Restler. (Photo: Facebook)

Lincoln Restler, the former Brooklyn district leader who ran two high-profile races against his borough’s Democratic machine, has joined the de Blasio administration as a senior policy adviser, sources say.

Mr. Restler’s portfolio is not immediately clear, and the historically press-savvy politico has avoided the media since lending his assistance to Mr. de Blasio’s campaign last year. Continue reading “Lincoln Restler Joins de Blasio Administration”

Councilman Antonio Reynoso Vows to Stamp Out Irresponsible Development

As the new councilman for District 34, which includes Williamsburg and portions of Bushwick in Brooklyn and South Ridgewood in Queens, Councilman Antonio Reynoso personally understands the issues of his constituents.

He was born, bred and still lives in Williamsburg, a neighborhood he hopes never to leave. Plus, Mr. Reynoso spent seven years under the tutelage of his predecessor, Councilwoman Diana Reyna, working as her budget director, legislative director and, eventually, chief of staff until he quit to campaign for her seat.
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Weiner Shrugs Off ‘New York-Style’ Confrontation at Democratic Club

Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)
Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Getty)

In an interview on CBS radio this afternoon, Anthony Weiner said he simply had a “New York-style” exchange with a Democratic district leader who blasted him this week for running for mayor after resigning over a sexting scandal.  Continue reading “Weiner Shrugs Off ‘New York-Style’ Confrontation at Democratic Club”

Vito Lopez Protegé Gets Prickly Reception at Anti-Lopez Club

Councilman Stephen Levin. (Photo: Facebook)
Councilman Stephen Levin. (Photo: Facebook)

Vito Lopez protegé and City Councilman Stephen Levin walked into the lion’s den last night, facing the virulently anti-Lopez New Kings Democratic club for the first time.

Mr. Levin, Mr. Lopez’s former chief of staff, was invited to a club candidate forum in a Williamsburg basement decorated with musical instruments, old video games and a pile of stuffed Care Bears, where members sipped beers and passed around pizza slices as candidates spoke. Members described the appearance as “an historic event for a very small group of people.”

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Anthony Weiner Gets Into Shouting Match in First Confrontation Over Sexting Scandal

Anthony Weiner speaking to the New Kings Democrats.
Anthony Weiner speaking to the New Kings Democrats.

He’s back. An explosive Anthony Weiner received his first serious criticism from voters over the sexting scandal that forced him to resign from Congress Wednesday night–sparking a shouting match that marked the most heated moment of his campaign to date.

Mr. Weiner had given his usual stump speech touting middle class jobs and his book of policy proposals at a New Kings Democrats candidates forum in Williamsburg when the floor was opened to questions.

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Democrats Rally Against Vito Lopez’s First City Council Fund-Raiser

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Lincoln Restler with a bullhorn at yesterday’s event.

His mouth buried in a bullhorn, Lincoln Restler howled at the tinted windows in front of him.

“I see you didn’t bring your daughters to dinner!” the Democratic activist shouted at a slew of dark-suited men slipping soundlessly into the sumptuous Williamsburg restaurant.

“Ooh,”  mumbled a grinning police officer.trans Democrats Rally Against Vito Lopezs First City Council Fund Raiser “That was harsh.”

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