Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani returned to the campaign trail this afternoon with Joe Lhota, his protégé and candidate in the mayor’s race, and proclaimed that yesterday’s decision by a federal appeals court to halt the implementation of stop-and-frisk reform would fundamentally shake things up in Mr. Lhota’s favor.
Stumping among pumpkin patches, ponies and the occasional pirate, Joe Lhota journeyed to the South Shore of Staten Island this afternoon to meet a few voters on Halloween. Read More
Brooklyn Councilman Domenic Recchia, the latest Democrat trying to oust Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, outlined in frank detail his path to victory last night in front of a local Democratic club.
Mr. Recchia hopes to crush the Republican incumbent by winning the Democratic strongholds in the district, which includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. He’s relying on old-school identity politics, too.
Could it be a preview of the battle to come?
Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota found themselves face-to-face yesterday evening at the Staten Island Ferry terminal, where the candidates had scheduled overlapping campaign events. The rare occasion offered a glimpse of the potential fiery dynamic many are expecting if the two mayoral front-runners go on to win their parties’ primaries this Tuesday.
“That’s the first Democrat I’ve seen in my 88 visits to Staten Island!” quipped Mr. Lhota, after spotting Mr. de Blasio and his team entering the terminal, which is often considered prime Republican territory.
Anthony Weiner can’t escape his sexting scandal, not even on the southern tip of Staten Island–one of the farther reaches of New York City.
During a press event this afternoon in Tottenville, a local resident directly and repeatedly confronted Mr. Weiner over his escalating controversy, grilling the former congressman and questioning his “moral authority” as more than a dozen cameras clicked away. Read More
Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, felled by a prostitution scandal five years ago, found a forgiving crowd in Staten Island this morning during the third official campaign stop of his surprise bid to become the city’s next comptroller.
“No matter what happened, you know, he is a good politician,” said Emely Gutierrez on her way to work as a personal assistant in Manhattan. “I’ve read about him a lot, many Spanish people like him, me and my friends all like him. The other guy, he doesn’t have the experience.” Read More
Assemblyman Joseph Borelli is thoroughly fed up with Rolling Stone‘s new controversial cover featuring “Boston Bomber” Dzhohkar Tsarnaev. In fact, the South Shore official is calling for all of Staten Island’s stores to boycott the issue, which he claims is purely a cry for attention.
“They must think the American people are fools. They knew this would cause people once again to talk about a magazine that hasn’t been edgy since the ‘60s,” Mr. Borelli fumed this afternoon. Read More
Step aside Anthony Weiner, Michael Post is also in the mix–sort of.
Mr. Post, a veteran employee in the city’s Department of Environmental Protection, told the Staten Island Advance he’s taking the plunge, jumping into the mayor’s race as well. But Mr. Post, who’s aiming to petition onto an independent ballot line, didn’t sound especially confident of his chances. Read More
Stumping in Staten Island last night, Anthony Weiner took a swipe at how President Barack Obama sold his signature health care initiative to the American public.
“I tried to make the point that I think President Obama never made very effectively, which is, health care is about the economy,” Mr. Weiner said in front of a Democratic club on the island’s North Shore. “We [have] such a large amount of our dollars being poured into health care for workers, those are dollars that can’t go into giving people wage increases.” Read More