Yetta Kurland Kicks off Campaign With Quirky Press Conference

The scene from today's press conference.
The scene from today’s press conference.

Yetta Kurland, a progressive activist, attorney and radio show host, is giving the City Council another try.

“I live in New York City because I believe it is the greatest city in the world. But over the past twenty years, I’ve watched the city lose too much of its soul,” said Ms. Kurland who last ran for the seat currently occupied by Christine Quinn in 2009. “We’re heading towards becoming a place where only the richest can afford to live and where our public resources are being converted into private profit.”

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Corey Johnson Lines up Labor Support in Race to Succeed Christine Quinn

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Corey Johnson (Photo: Facebook)

Corey Johnson, a young West Side community board chairman, isn’t slowing down in his quest to replace term-limited Council Speaker Christine Quinn in 2013. To wit, Mr. Johnson, who already rolled out a list of 500 neighborhood leaders supporting his candidacy and maxed out his fundraising, added two notable union endorsements this morning: RWDSU and UFCW 1500.

“RWDSU proudly endorses Corey Johnson in his race for City Council,” Ademola Oyefeso, the retail workers union’s political director, said in a statement, citing Mr. Johnson’s support for progressive legislation. “Under his leadership, Manhattan Community Board 4 was the first in the entire City to come out in favor of a living wage bill. He will be a steadfast ally for working families on the Council.”

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Yetta Raises With Peter Max

yette invite Yetta Raises With Peter MaxAttorney and activist Yetta Kurland is having a rather artistic fundraiser with illustrator Peter Max tomorrow, hosted with his wife at the Peter Max Gallery on 65th St. Ms. Kurland is currently campaigning for term-limited Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s seat next year.

This is not the first time Ms. Kurland has raised money at the Peter Max Gallery — she did it in 2009 when she challenged Ms. Quinn and scored a respectable 31% of the vote as well.

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Yetta Kurland Joins Texts From Hillary Meme After Obama Marriage Message

576589 349407111780028 128545747199500 892218 36820165 n 150x150 Yetta Kurland Joins Texts From Hillary Meme After Obama Marriage MessageLGBT activist and City Council candidate Yetta Kurland had a little fun on Facebook with the Texts from Hillary internet meme. 

Ms. Kurland is running for the seat currently held by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, after running a tough primary against her in 2009. Ms. Quinn is barred from seeking re-election due to term limits.

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For Gay Rights, The Honeymoon Is Over

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Same-sex marriage supporters marching on Washington in 2009. (Photo: Getty)

On Sunday, as Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer and over 400 other guests looked on, Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell married John Banta, his partner of over three decades. For Mr. O’Donnell, the wedding was the culmination of a more-than-four-year fight—which included numerous lawsuits and the introduction of five bills to the State Legislature—that finally resulted in same-sex marriage’s finally being legalized in New York last June.

“I began this battle when Eliot Spitzer was elected governor,” Mr. O’Donnell told The Observer. “I used to wake up every day thinking about how many votes I had or didn’t have. Now it’s like, what do I do now?” Continue reading “For Gay Rights, The Honeymoon Is Over”

Yetta Kurland Gives for 2013, But Not to Christine Quinn

yetta Yetta Kurland Gives for 2013, But Not to Christine QuinnYetta Kurland’s name kept on popping up in the campaign finance disclosure reports that were released on Friday.

The west side activist and 2009 candidate for the City Council gave $100 to former City Comptroller (and potential 2013 candidate) Bill Thompson. She chipped in another $100 to current City Comptroller (and potential 2013 candidate) John Liu. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio got another $100. So did Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer.

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Bill de Blasio Donors Include WFP Foe, and an Old Christine Quinn Challenger [Updated]

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Bill de Blasio got money from a lawyer who sued the Working Families Party. (photo credit: azi paybarah / observer)

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is getting money from people who have fought against the establishment at City Hall and against his allies in labor.

De Blasio got $100 from attorney Yetta Kurland, who ran against City Council Speaker Christine Quinn in 2009. De Blasio is likely to face in a 2013 Democratic mayoral primary.

And one of Rudy Giuliani’s deputy mayors, Randy Mastro — who has filed a law suit against the campaign arm of the Working Families Party — donated $1,000 to de Blasio. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Donors Include WFP Foe, and an Old Christine Quinn Challenger [Updated]”