Complaint Filed Against Advance Group for Election Work

Dan Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito embrace. (Photo: Twitter/jacobkornbluh)
Melissa Mark-Viverito celebrates her victory in the council chambers. (Photo: Twitter/@jacobkornbluh)

A longtime critic of former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has turned his sights on the consulting firm that helped to dismantle her mayoral hopes and elect her rival to succeed her.

Louis Flores, a local political gadfly who ran a blog and wrote a book criticizing Ms. Quinn, has filed a complaint with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s criminal division against Scott Levenson and his Advance Group consulting firm, which came under deep scrutiny during the mayoral campaign. Continue reading “Complaint Filed Against Advance Group for Election Work”

Melissa Mark-Viverito Drops Advance Group for Speaker Bid

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)

As controversy simmers around the Advance Group, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito revealed tonight she is no longer taking free advice from the leading consulting firm in her bid for City Council speaker.

The Daily News reported last week the pro bono assistance may run afoul of election law by actually functioning as an unreported in-kind contribution. Ms. Mark-Viverito insisted today that this was not the case but out of an “abundance of caution,” the relationship would end. Continue reading “Melissa Mark-Viverito Drops Advance Group for Speaker Bid”

Advance Group Helping Melissa Mark-Viverito in Speaker’s Race

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito with Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Friends of Melissa 2013)
Melissa Mark-Viverito with Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Friends of Melissa 2013)

One of the city’s leading consulting firms is quietly aiding Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito in her quest to become the next speaker of the City Council–yet another sign that the race for the city’s second-most powerful position is revving up.  Continue reading “Advance Group Helping Melissa Mark-Viverito in Speaker’s Race”