Reshma Saujani Says She Will Run for Office Again

Reshma Saujani. (Photo: Getty)
Reshma Saujani. (Photo: Getty)

For Reshma Saujani, the third time may be the charm. 

The one-time candidate for public advocate said this weekend that she definitely plans to seek elected office again, but declined to say which position she plans to run for. Continue reading “Reshma Saujani Says She Will Run for Office Again”

Tish James Celebrates Making History in Public Advocate’s Race

Letitia James declares victory. (Photo: William Alatriste)
Letitia James declares victory. (Photo: William Alatriste)

Brooklyn City Councilwoman Letitia James claimed victory tonight in the public advocate’s runoff, delivering an emotional and defiant speech after handily beating her Democratic opponent, State Senator Daniel Squadron.

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Daniel Squadron Concedes Public Advocate’s Race

Daniel Squadron tonight.
State Senator Daniel Squadron concedes tonight.

State Senator Daniel Squadron tonight conceded to his rival in the public advocate’s runoff, Councilwoman Tish James, ending a race that had grown bitter in its final days.

“This campaign was really about making the public advocate’s office a more effective force for those folks who most need it,” Mr. Squadron declared at his election-night party on the Lower East Side. Continue reading “Daniel Squadron Concedes Public Advocate’s Race”

Tish James Downplays Historic Nature of Her Campaign on Voting Day

Tish James greets voters in Jamaica, Queens today.
Tish James greets voters in Jamaica, Queens today.

At one of her final campaign stops of the public advocate’s race, Councilwoman Tish James repeatedly downplayed the historical nature of her candidacy.

If Ms. James triumphs in the runoff today, she will become the first black woman elected to citywide office. Throughout her campaign her supporters have both celebrated that fact and noted that her opponent, State Senator Daniel Squadron, would be the third white male on the Democrats’s citywide ticket if he wins. But Ms. James insisted this afternoon that history was not on her mind. Continue reading “Tish James Downplays Historic Nature of Her Campaign on Voting Day”

Squadron Predicts Higher-Than-Expected Turnout Will Win the Day

Daniel Squadron
Daniel Squadron and his son, Theodore, count the cameras as his wife votes.

After Daniel Squadron cast his vote in the public advocate’s runoff this morning, the state senator predicted a “surge” of fellow New Yorkers would do the same, resulting in victory later tonight.

“We’re feeling great!” Mr. Squadron told Politicker as he walked out of his Cobble Hill polling site with his wife, Liz, and their two-year-old son, Theodore.

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Runoff Voters Begin Casting Ballots in Empty Auditoriums

The empty JHS 190 in Forest Hills this morning. (Photo: Russell Schaffer/@RussOnPoliticis)
The empty JHS 190 in Forest Hills this morning. (Photo: Russell Schaffer/@RussOnPolitics)

Today’s runoff election is expected to draw a dismal turnout with as few as 100,000 of the city’s registered Democrats casting their ballots in the public advocate’s race between State Senator Daniel Squadron and Councilwoman Letitia James.

And that fact was clear this morning as voters began heading to the polls. Instead of the long lines and broken machines that have marred recent election days, voters instead reported lonely, near-empty auditoriums where only a handful of ballots had been cast.

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Chuck Schumer Slams Republican ‘Fanatics’ in Federal Shutdown Fight

Chuck Schumer campaigns for Daniel Squadron while eating some corn.
Chuck Schumer eating some corn on the campaign trail earlier today.

Senator Chuck Schumer, who once was confident Washington Republicans would “blink” and avert a government shutdown, isn’t so confident anymore.

“I’m worried,” Mr. Schumer told Politicker at a Brooklyn street festival earlier this evening. Continue reading “Chuck Schumer Slams Republican ‘Fanatics’ in Federal Shutdown Fight”