Mr. Smith Gets a Challenger
An attorney with close ties to Queens County politics is planning to challenge embattled State Senator Malcolm Smith next year.
Mr. Smith, still reeling from an arrest on corruption charges earlier this year, is openly despised by his fellow Senate Democrats after caucusing briefly with a breakaway faction of Democrats that govern the Senate with Republicans and is considered a major target in 2014.
Troubled Bridge Over Water
For Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., it was always a bridge too far.
The Queens pol raged in 2011 when the City Council renamed his beloved Queensboro Bridge after former Mayor Ed Koch, stripping the cantilevered bridge, in Mr. Vallone’s eyes, of its Queens-centric identity.
Crimes Against Congress
Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng was attacked Tuesday night in Washington D.C., her office announced today.
Ms. Meng was hit over her head and robbed of her Gucci handbag, but did not suffer serious injures, according to the account; she was left with a bruise on her chin and underwent a CAT scan at George Washington University Hospital.
As the City Council’s growing Progressive Caucus sways the council speaker’s race, insiders are questioning whether their sizable bloc of Queens members will remain loyal to the caucus–or be picked off by their county leaders.
Members of the caucus have pledged to remain unified as they try to crown the city’s second-most powerful leader, even though they have yet to decide which candidate to support. But some wonder whether Queens Democrats–whose bloc vote has made them the most influential force in past speaker’s races–may stand in the way.
Behind the Scenes
The breakaway Democratic caucus in the State Senate is trying to recruit a candidate to unseat Senator Toby Stavisky, a Democrat from Queens, as they seek to strengthen their control of the chamber.
A source with direct knowledge of the Independent Democratic Conference’s plans freely admitted the efforts to Politicker this afternoon.
Martha Flores-Vazquez knows what it’s like to lose an election or two–and now she wants to help others who have gone through the same dreaded experience.
Ms. Flores-Vazquez, a Democratic district leader in Queens who has recently lost races for both the City Council and the State Assembly, is trying to help others cope with the sting of defeat, hosting a series of free one-on-one therapy sessions for wannabe pols who fell short on Election Day.
Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran, who was indicted on corruption charges earlier this year, declared today he would be crossing party lines to vote for Democrat Paul Vallone to succeed him in the council–a fact celebrated by Mr. Vallone’s GOP rival, Dennis Saffran.
king of queens
Running in the shadow of an indicted pol of his own party, Dennis Saffran is hoping voters in northeast Queens aren’t souring on the Republican brand in one of the few City Council races the GOP can conceivably win this year.
Cup of Joe
Joe Lhota stumped last night in an Orthodox Jewish enclave of Queens, more whimsical than prickly in the final days of a long and bitter mayoral campaign.
A holy war has erupted in a Queens City Council race.
Democrat Lew Simon slammed Councilman Eric Ulrich today for distributing campaign fliers that feature a picture of Mr. Ulrich with Pope John Paul II–as he’s done in at least one previous campaign.