Brian Ellner has been named the executive vice president and group head of public affairs for Edelman, the public relations firm. Mr. Ellner, who is known for his role in marriage equality, was the senior strategist for the Human Rights Campaign in 2011 and worked on the successful push to legalize same-sex marriage in New York.
Though most attention has been focused on Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his incoming administration, other newly-elected office holders are getting ready for their transitions, too.
Incoming Comptroller Scott Stringer, who will replace John Liu come January, is set to formally unveil his transition team later this afternoon at an event in Lower Manhattan.
With just a week to go until Election Day, comptroller candidate Scott Stringer is out with a new web ad reminding voters that there are other races on the ballot too.
The new spot, titled “Our Journey,” features excerpts from Mr. Stringer’s primary night speech, when the Manhattan borough president declared victory against the far better known ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer in order to become the Democratic nominee.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
Most of this year’s losing mayoral contenders have shied away from the spotlight. But not John Liu.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
After what may have been the nastiest–and most high-profile–race for comptroller in New York City history, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer eked out a four-point win tonight over his better-known rival, ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
Mr. Stringer and his wife took the stage at the campaign’s victory party to great applause, cheers and even the throwing of a hat.
Thanking family, friends and his campaign staff, the victorious candidate energized the crowed and made a “promise to bring integrity, experience and leadership” to the office–a less-than-subtle final dig at Mr. Spritzer, who was forced to resign five years ago in the wake of a prostitution scandal.
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He gave Scott Stringer reason to sweat it out, but Eliot Spitzer will not be New York City’s next comptroller.
The former governor, who had attempted to revive his political career with a run for a little-known office, conceded tonight in a hastily-delivered speech in Harlem.
“I’ve called Scott Stringer and congratulated him on a victory tonight, and wish him well as we go forward in his position as comptroller, I presume, and expect him to win this November,” he said in a speech that lasted less than four minutes from start to finish–including a pause in the middle for cheers and chants of “Spitzer, Spitzer, Spitzer!”
Out of Comptrol
As it begins, so it ends.
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars on sophisticated Obama campaign-style micro-targeting and get-out-the-vote efforts, hiring a small army of staffers instead of exclusively relying on volunteers, to boost turnout in tomorrow’s polls.
According to city Campaign Finance Board records, Mr. Spitzer has spent just over $300,000 on get-out-the-vote efforts over the past five days.
In the clearest sign yet that the race to become the next city’s comptroller is neck-and-neck, the two candidate launched attack ads tearing into each other today.
They were tough.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer took direct aim at the prostitution scandal that felled ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s political career five years ago.
If there were any remaining questions on the subject, they have been answered: Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer are certainly not buddies anymore.
The two comptroller candidates squared off for the last time this morning, trading blow after blow at a Midtown forum hosted by the Council of Urban Professionals. Mr. Stringer was especially aggressive, pummeling the former governor again and again for resigning in the wake of a prostitution scandal five years ago. Mr. Spitzer, meanwhile, tried to brush off the attacks, while offering hits of his own.
With primary Election Day exactly a week away, The New York Observer‘s editorial board has weighed in on the three citywide races: mayor, comptroller and public advocate.
For the mayor’s race at the top of the ticket, the board has endorsed former Comptroller Bill Thompson in the Democratic primary and former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota as the Republican nominee.
The board also weighed in on the two other city primaries. In the high-profile race to become the city’s next comptroller, the board backed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer. For public advocate, they supported State Senator Daniel Squadron. Both are Democrats.