Koppell Waiting for Budget Before Deciding on Klein Challenge

Oliver Koppell. (Photo: Facebook)
Oliver Koppell. (Photo: Facebook)

In one of the most high-profile potential primary contests this year, ex-Councilman Oliver Koppell is waiting until the budget season is over before making a final decision on whether he’ll challenge State Senator Jeff Klein. Continue reading “Koppell Waiting for Budget Before Deciding on Klein Challenge”

Demetrius Lawrence Joins Field for Brooklyn Senate Seat

Demetrius Lawrence.
Demetrius Lawrence.

Demetrius Lawrence, a community activist and a vice chairman on Brooklyn Community Board 9, is joining the campaign for newly-elected Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ former seat in the State Senate. Continue reading “Demetrius Lawrence Joins Field for Brooklyn Senate Seat”

Ex-Councilman Oliver Koppell Moves Closer to Challenging Jeff Klein

Oliver Koppell. (Photo: Facebook)
Oliver Koppell. (Photo: Facebook)

Former Bronx Councilman Oliver Koppell is still mulling a challenge of State Senator Jeff Klein.

In an interview today, Mr. Koppell warned he might pull the trigger if Mr. Klein, the leader of the Senate’s breakaway Democratic faction, doesn’t rejoin the main Democratic caucus. Continue reading “Ex-Councilman Oliver Koppell Moves Closer to Challenging Jeff Klein”

De Blasio’s Minimum Wage Hike May Face Resistance in Albany

Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio declared today in his State of the City address that he will urge state lawmakers to grant New York City the power to raise its own minimum wage, setting up yet another struggle between progressives and right-leaning lawmakers in the state. 

This campaign, however, could face even more resistance in Albany than Mr. de Blasio’s plan to hike taxes on the rich to fund universal prekindergarten, experts say.  Continue reading “De Blasio’s Minimum Wage Hike May Face Resistance in Albany”

Marty Golden Spends More Campaign Cash on Family-Operated Catering Hall

Marty Golden (Photo: Getty)
Marty Golden (Photo: Getty)

State Senator Marty Golden likes to keep his campaign spending all in the family.

The Brooklyn pol poured nearly $40,000 into a local catering hall that his brother owns and his wife helps operate, according to his latest campaign filings. The Republican lawmaker has drawn scrutiny for the practice in the past.  Continue reading “Marty Golden Spends More Campaign Cash on Family-Operated Catering Hall”

John Gangemi to Challenge Marty Golden

Marty Golden (Photo: Facebook)
Marty Golden (Photo: Facebook)

Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden is facing a Democratic challenger once again.

John Gangemi, a candidate last seen mounting an unsuccessful bid against Eric Adams in the Brooklyn borough president’s race, will mount a run against the Republican lawmaker, he said today. Continue reading “John Gangemi to Challenge Marty Golden”

City Council Resolution to Ask Cuomo to Call Special Elections

Some of the vacant assembly and senate districts.
Some of the vacant assembly and senate districts.

The City Council is set to vote on a resolution this week that calls on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to hold special elections for the many vacant seats in the state legislature. 

Mr. Cuomo has so far been reluctant to call elections to fill the numerous openings in the State Assembly and Senate, which would empower local Democratic organizations. But some council members are trying to change his mind.  Continue reading “City Council Resolution to Ask Cuomo to Call Special Elections”