Clyde Vanel Loans Himself 100k to Take on Malcolm Smith

Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)
Clyde Vanel. (Photo: Vanel Campaign)

If Clyde Vanel fails to defeat indicted State Senator Malcolm Smith, it won’t be for lack of start-up cash.

According to the latest campaign finance filings, Mr. Vanel, a business attorney, loaned himself a sizable $100,000 to launch his campaign against Mr. Smith, a southeastern Queens Democrat charged last year in a bribery scheme to land himself on the GOP mayoral ballot. Continue reading “Clyde Vanel Loans Himself 100k to Take on Malcolm Smith”

De Blasio Uses Giuliani as a Punching Bag at Southeastern Queens Rally

Bill de Blasio in Rochdale Village today.
Bill de Blasio in Rochdale Village today.

Bill de Blasio tarred Joe Lhota for his close association with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at a Queens rally in support of the Democrat’s mayoral bid today, slamming his Republican rival in a neighborhood where few recall the ex-mayor fondly.

While speaking at a canvassing kickoff event in the predominately black Rochdale Village, Mr. de Blasio egged on his supporters by name-dropping Mr. Giuliani twice–eliciting boos each time.  Continue reading “De Blasio Uses Giuliani as a Punching Bag at Southeastern Queens Rally”

LL Cool J Hosts Event With Indicted State Senator in Queens

LL Cool J and Malcolm Smith.
LL Cool J and State Senator Malcolm Smith.

State Senator Malcolm Smith may be facing federal corruption charges, but LL Cool J is cool with it.

The ’90s heartthrob, rapper and star of NCIS: Los Angeles returned to his childhood neighborhood in southeast Queens yesterday to co-host a basketball tournament with the indicted pol, who recently pleaded not-guilty to federal corruption charges for allegedly orchestrating an elaborate scheme to get himself elected mayor.

“The beauty about the American system is that you’re innocent ’til proven guilty,” the rapper told Politicker as he greeted excited fans at the annual basketball event when asked about the scandal.

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Donovan Richards Endorses Christine Quinn

Councilman Donovan Richards. (Photo: Facebook)
Councilman Donovan Richards. (Photo: Facebook)

Bucking his mentor but not the Queens Democratic establishment, Councilman Donovan Richards will officially endorse Councilwoman Christine Quinn for mayor later today.

The 30-year-old legislator cited Ms. Quinn’s work combating gun violence as a reason for his backing. Continue reading “Donovan Richards Endorses Christine Quinn”

Queens Pols Defend Their Reps After Report of Investigation

Shirley Huntley. (Photo: Wikimedia)
Shirley Huntley. (Photo: Wikimedia)

After the head of a Queens nonprofit tied to former State Senator Shirley Huntley was arrested today, two council members reportedly under investigation sought to distance themselves from the case.

Neither Mark Weprin nor Leroy Comrie, whom insiders generally regard as above-the-board types, said they had been contacted by investigators, despite a New York Post story reporting that they were being probed.

“I have not been contacted by an investigative agency,” Mr. Comrie told Politicker after reading that he was being investigated by the Attorney General and State Comptroller for allocating money to an allegedly sham nonprofit. Continue reading “Queens Pols Defend Their Reps After Report of Investigation”

Reshma Saujani Picks Up Southeastern Queens Support

Reshma Saujani with William Scarborough and Gregory Meeks. (Photo: Saujani campaign)
Reshma Saujani with William Scarborough and Gregory Meeks. (Photo: Saujani campaign)

Parts of southeastern Queens may have bucked the county’s Democratic establishment in various races this year, but in the contest for public advocate, at least some local officials are falling into line.

In an announcement involving a whole host of pols, Congressman Gregory Meeks and Assemblyman William Scarborough, both legislators hailing from the borough’s predominately black neighborhoods, endorsed Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani as their pick to replace outgoing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

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The Anthony Weiner Show Does Memorial Day in Queens

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Anthony Weiner in the parade.

Anthony Weiner angered some in his old Forest Hills neighborhood when he skipped their parade yesterday, but the former congressman did not encounter any wrath this morning as he frenetically raced around to greet people and pose for pictures at the Laurelton Memorial Day parade. He even shared a few wisecracks with his entourage of reporters.

“How does a struggling newspaper still get nine reporters to cover me?” a grinning Mr. Weiner, who’s become a media phenomenon since he suddenly announced his mayoral campaign last week, asked a New York Post reporter at one point.

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