Barron Blasts de Blasio and Progressive Caucus ‘Masters’

Councilman Charles Barron on NY1.
Councilman Charles Barron on NY1.

His lame-duck status on the City Council certainly has not tempered the fiery Charles Barron.

The term-limited Brooklyn Councilman blasted Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and the City Council’s Progressive Caucus in an interview on NY1’s Road to City Hall last night, accusing Mr. de Blasio of being a faux-liberal and the caucus of reinforcing a white male power structure. Continue reading “Barron Blasts de Blasio and Progressive Caucus ‘Masters’”

‘We Are in a Progressive Moment Right Now’: Bill de Blasio Fund-Raises for Emboldened Left

Bill de Blasio at last night's fund-raiser.
Bill de Blasio at last night’s fund-raiser.

Last night Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio was again the darling of the left.

Headlining a Brooklyn fund-raiser for the group New York Communities for Change, Mr. de Blasio was hailed as a progressive hero and the fruit of a more than decade-long battle by labor groups, grassroots organizations and the Working Families Party to crown one of their own.  Continue reading “‘We Are in a Progressive Moment Right Now’: Bill de Blasio Fund-Raises for Emboldened Left”

Micah Kellner Files Paperwork Indicating He’ll Pursue General Election

(Photo: Facebook)
(Photo: Facebook)

After losing the Democratic primary for City Council last month, Assemblyman Micah Kellner has filed paperwork indicating his intention to run in the general–this time on the Working Families Party line.

According to a certificate of active candidacy filed with the city’s Campaign Finance Board, Mr. Kellner has raised sufficient funds and has also entered into an agreement with a firm to produce mailers for the campaign. Continue reading “Micah Kellner Files Paperwork Indicating He’ll Pursue General Election”

Insiders See Close Race in Public Advocate’s Runoff

Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron face off in a debate. (Photo: YouTube)
Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron face off in a televised debate. (Photo: YouTube)

Although the chaotic Democratic mayoral primary has ended with Bill de Blasio emerging the victor, the race to replace the public advocate is just ramping up.

The October 1 runoff between Brooklyn Councilwoman Tish James and State Senator Daniel Squadron is widely seen as a tossup by political insiders, who note each Democrat carries glaring strengths and weaknesses into the contest. While Ms. James has a broad labor coalition and would be the only non-white Democrat to win a nomination, Mr. Squadron has enjoyed a fund-raising advantage and solid debate performances thus far.

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Democratic Establishment Rushes to Back Bill de Blasio

Bill de Blasio at his rally today. (Photo: Twitter/deBlasioNYC)
Bill de Blasio’s labor rally. (Photo: Twitter/deBlasioNYC)

Democratic leaders and labor unions are making it very clear they do not want a runoff election.

Standing before the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, a mass of elected officials and unions, including the labor-backed Working Families Party, officially endorsed Public Advocate Bill de Blasio for mayor today.

They join Rev. Al Sharpton and other labor leaders who announced their support for Mr. de Blasio yesterday.

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Pro-Business PAC Rolls Out Latest Round of Endorsements

The Real Estate Board of New York, a founder of Jobs for New York. (Photo: REBNY.com)
The Real Estate Board of New York, one of the leading founders of the PAC. (Photo: REBNY.com)

Jobs for New York, a political action committee dedicated to electing pro-development City Council candidates, rolled out a new round of endorsements today.

The PAC, founded as a partial counterweight to the left-leaning Working Families Party, has raised at least $5 million and has said it intends to spend up to $10 million on independent expenditures in support of its chosen candidates. Continue reading “Pro-Business PAC Rolls Out Latest Round of Endorsements”

Lew Fidler Accuses ‘Mole’ Council Candidate of Secretly Foiling Him

Councilman Lew Fidler. (Photo: NYC Council)
Councilman Lew Fidler. (Photo: NYC Council)

In a scathing letter to labor unions and progressive political clubs, Democratic Councilman Lew Fidler accused fellow Democrat Igor Oberman, who is seeking to represent a neighboring district, of leaking information to his one-time Republican opponent.

Mr. Fidler entered a hotly-contested special election for the State Senate last year, losing by only 13 votes. One of the contributing factors to the loss, Mr. Fidler said, was Mr. Oberman passing along campaign secrets to his GOP rival, David Storobin. Mr. Fidler argued that these actions should disqualify Mr. Oberman, who has positioned himself as the most left-wing candidate in his southern Brooklyn City Council race.

“Igor Oberman purported to support me. In actuality, he was a ‘mole’ inside my campaign for Storobin,” Mr. Fidler charged. Continue reading “Lew Fidler Accuses ‘Mole’ Council Candidate of Secretly Foiling Him”