City Council GOP Slams Expanded Paid Sick Leave Bill

Councilman Vincent Ignizio, the Republican minority leader. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Councilman Vincent Ignizio, the Republican minority leader. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

While the City Council overwhelmingly voted to pass new, expanded paid sick leave legislation this afternoon, the council’s tiny Republican bloc loudly opposed the measure. 

The three council Republicans–Minority Leader Vincent Ignizio, Steven Matteo and Eric Ulrich–joined two Democrats in voting against the bill, which will expand the number of businesses that need to provide paid sick days to their employees. Republicans argued that the bill, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will slow hiring and even lead to an “underground” economy. Continue reading “City Council GOP Slams Expanded Paid Sick Leave Bill”

Former Michael Grimm Fund-Raiser Arraigned in New York

Michael Grimm. (Photo: Facebook)
Michael Grimm. (Photo: Facebook)

A Texas woman arrested by the FBI and charged for allegedly funneling more than $10,000 in illegal contributions to Congressman Michael Grimm’s 2010 campaign was arraigned in federal court this afternoon.

Diana Durand, a close friend of Mr. Grimm–a lawyer for Ms. Durand wouldn’t confirm they had a romantic relationship, though media reports have described her as an ex-girlfriend–appeared briefly in a downtown Brooklyn courtroom, where she did not enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. Continue reading “Former Michael Grimm Fund-Raiser Arraigned in New York”

New York GOP Asks Republicans Not to Endorse Andrew Cuomo

State GOP Chairman Ed Cox. (Photo: Facebook)
State GOP Chairman Ed Cox. (Photo: Facebook)

Ed Cox, the chairman of New York State’s Republican party, has penned a scathing letter to members of his party, urging them to resist “strong-arm tactics” by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to rack up endorsements for his re-election bid.

“When out of power, our job as a party is to provide loyal opposition, not for opposition’s sake but for the sake of the governing philosophy and principles that will advance our state,” Mr. Cox declared in the letter, which was released to reporters this morning. Continue reading “New York GOP Asks Republicans Not to Endorse Andrew Cuomo”

Dennis Saffran Makes His Case in Dan Halloran’s Shadow

Dennis Saffran. (Photo: Saffran campaign)
Dennis Saffran. (Photo: Saffran campaign)

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.  Continue reading “Dennis Saffran Makes His Case in Dan Halloran’s Shadow”

Catsimatidis Says He’d Be Doing Much Better Against de Blasio Right Now

John Catsimatidis, sans Giuliani endorsement. (Photo: Getty)
John Catsimatidis, sans Giuliani endorsement. (Photo: Getty)

John Catsimatidis is not impressed with his ex-rival’s campaign for mayor.

The supermarket and oil magnate, who lost the Republican primary to Joe Lhota earlier this year, briefly discussed his former challenger this morning, telling Politcker he would have run a  far stronger campaign against Democrat Bill de Blasio, who is dominating Mr. Lhota in the polls. Continue reading “Catsimatidis Says He’d Be Doing Much Better Against de Blasio Right Now”

John Burnett Flexes Finance Credentials in Bay Ridge

John Burnett in Bay Ridge.
John Burnett in Bay Ridge.

Although the mayor’s race has drawn most of the media coverage ahead of the upcoming November election, Republican comptroller hopeful John Burnett is also chugging along and trying to make the case for his uphill candidacy.  Continue reading “John Burnett Flexes Finance Credentials in Bay Ridge”

Joe Lhota Defends ‘Fair and Speedy’ Gun Permit Remark

Joe Lhota. (Photo: Getty)
Joe Lhota. (Photo: Getty)

Republican Joe Lhota, fending off repeated attacks from his Democratic rival, Bill de Blasio, that he is too right-wing to become mayor of New York City, was forced to defend himself tonight after a video surfaced that showed him telling conservatives that gun permits should be easier to obtain in the city.  Continue reading “Joe Lhota Defends ‘Fair and Speedy’ Gun Permit Remark”