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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
Is the third time the charm?
John Messer, an attorney and business owner, may try yet again to unseat Queens State Senator Toby Stavisky, he told Politicker this afternoon. He previously ran unsuccessful challenges against Ms. Stavisky in 2010 and 2012. Read More
Scandal-scarred incumbents across the city will be fending off challengers this year and State Senator John Sampson is no exception.
Leon Miles, a former City Council candidate, has filed to run against Mr. Sampson for his eastern Brooklyn seat, according to state election records. Another former rival of Mr. Miles is rumored to be seeking a bid as well. Read More
The race for newly-minted Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ former State Senate seat is getting more crowded.
Rubain Dorancy, an attorney, teacher and community activist, told Politicker he’s in the race to capture the bizarrely-shaped district, which is based in Crown Heights but branches out to include a sizable chunk of Sunset Park and other neighborhoods. Read More
Riding high on optimism, State Senator Liz Krueger and a bevy of Democratic pols began a public push today to legalize and tax marijuana in New York State.
Ms. Krueger will soon introduce legislation to legalize pot in the State Senate, beginning an uphill battle that could pit her against Republicans, who partially control the Senate chamber, and possibly Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Read More