Melissa Mark-Viverito Elected Next City Council Speaker

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)

East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito has been elected the next Speaker of the City Council.

The 51 members of the Council cast their votes this afternoon, electing Ms. Mark-Viverito, a key ally of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the second-most-powerful elected official in the city in a unanimous, 51-0 vote. Continue reading “Melissa Mark-Viverito Elected Next City Council Speaker”

Dan Garodnick Concedes Speaker’s Race

Dan Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito embrace. (Photo: Twitter/jacobkornbluh)
Dan Garodnick and Melissa Mark-Viverito embrace. (Photo: Twitter/jacobkornbluh)

Manhattan Councilman Dan Garodnick has officially conceded the speaker’s race to his rival, Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Three weeks after Ms. Mark-Viverito declared victory and half an hour after the vote was set to take place, Mr. Garodnick released a statement throwing his support behind her. Continue reading “Dan Garodnick Concedes Speaker’s Race”

Bill de Blasio Declares Victory in Front of Roaring Crowd

Bill de Blasio tonight with his daughter.
Bill de Blasio tonight with his daughter.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio–a once obscure public official with a name few at first could pronounce–declared victory tonight, and now stands on the cusp of winning the Democratic nomination for mayor without a runoff.

The latest returns put Mr. de Blasio at slightly over 40 percent of the vote–a feat once deemed all-but-impossible in a crowded field of five candidates. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Declares Victory in Front of Roaring Crowd”

Voting Problems Continue to Plague New York’s Elections

Voting in New York City today is special.
A broken machine that allows voters to cast their vote for multiple mayoral candidates.

The New York City Board of Elections has a pretty miserable reputation, which only grew worse after significant problems roiled last November’s presidential election, forcing many voters to wait in line for hours.

Unsurprisingly, today’s citywide primary election doesn’t seem to be going much better, with New Yorkers across the city reporting widespread incidences of broken voting machines and misinformed poll workers, causing some to be turned away in their attempt to participate in the democratic process.

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New Poll Finds Bill Thompson in Good Shape in Mayor’s Race

Bill Thomspon beats Anthony Weiner. (Photo: Facebook/Bill Thompson)
Bill Thomspon. (Photo: Facebook/Bill Thompson)

Alas, Quinnipiac University had the misfortune of polling the mayor’s race before Monday’s bombshell revelations of Anthony Weiner’s continued deception and sexting habits beyond his resignation from office.

Nevertheless, the firm did the work and released the numbers this evening anyway–showing some good news for former Comptroller Bill Thompson in the Democratic primary in the process.

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Teachers’ Union Endorses Bill Thompson for Mayor

Michael Mulgrew announces the UFT's endorsement at its headquarters Wednesday.
Michael Mulgrew announces the UFT’s endorsement at its headquarters Wednesday.

Former Comptroller Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign got its most significant boost to date this evening with an endorsement from the city’s powerful teachers’ union.

The endorsement, which was officially announced just before 6 p.m. following a vote by the union’s 3,400-member Delegate Assembly, will provide Mr. Thompson with the organizational muscle of the United Federation of Teachers, which boasts a sophisticated voter outreach operation, approximately 170,000 members across the five boroughs and millions of dollars to spend.

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Pete King Can’t Believe Rubio Has the ‘Balls’ to Fundraise in New York

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

Congressman Pete King was not pleased with his fellow Republicans who opposed the federal Hurricane Sandy relief package. Accordingly, Mr. King told us he was shocked to learn that Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who’s widely seen as a potential 2016 presidential contender, has been raising cash on Wall Street after voting against the Sandy bill.

“Being from New York we’re not supposed to be suckers,” Mr. King told Politicker this morning. “It’s bad enough that these guys voted against it, that’s inexcusable enough. But to have the balls to come in and say, ‘We screwed you now make us president?'”

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