It’s time for the latest installment of our weekly scorecard rating how next year’s potential mayoral candidates performed in the past seven days. This week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to duck out of the battle when he unloaded on reporters at a press conference and said he would no longer take questions about the 2013 mayoral contenders’ proposals. Mayor Bloomberg’s desire to remain above the fray could have a pronounced effect on his would-be-successors. Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio, of course, has no intention of being anywhere other than front-and-center in the nascent campaign and he continued to ride wave of publicity from his tax-the-rich plan, which–even when this paper slams it–is still a winning issue, as it’s aimed at helping little tiny children learn. Read More
It’s time for the latest installment of our weekly scorecard rating how next year’s potential mayoral candidates performed in the past seven days. This week was relatively busy, with a number of new initiatives rolled out and an increasing amount of posturing to frame the 2013 election. Overall, it seemed like quite the week to pressure the mayoral frontrunner, Council Speaker Christine Quinn–even Girls star Lena Dunham joined the push for Ms. Quinn to allow a vote on the paid sick day legislation she has kept shelved so far! Read More
As has been well-catalogued, the left-leaning MSNBC network reacted to President Barack Obama’s widely-panned debate performance with a sense of anger and disbelief on Wednesday. But conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly upped the rhetorical ante slightly last night.
“The Governor did win,” Mr. O’Reilly said, praising Mitt Romney’s debating skills. “How do I know? Because I turned to MSNBC. The commentators there looked like Parisians watching the Germans march into Paris in 1940. There was genuine heartbreak on that cable network.” Read More
It’s time for the latest installment of our weekly scorecard for next year’s potential mayoral candidates, rating how they’ve been doing in recent days. Overall, the candidates seemed generally pretty active on the issues they cared about, with the biggest change possibly being a Wall Street Journal report discussing Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s feelings and meetings with the candidates. But at Politicker, we’re really just interested in Lady Gaga. That’s something you’re just going to have to deal with. Read More
It’s time for the latest installment of our weekly scorecard for next year’s potential mayoral candidates, rating how they’ve been doing in recent days. Overall, this final week of summer hasn’t been particularly charged, but if one looks closely, a couple candidates can be spotted quietly laying the groundwork for their 2013 campaign apparatuses. Read More
With fall upon us, Politicker plans to begin keeping score on how the top Democratic contenders for Gracie Mansion have been performing as the shadow campaign to replace term-limited Mayor Michael Bloomberg heats up.
Below you can find our ranking of who’s up and who’s down after a week of primary fights that many of the candidates jumped into. Note that is is only relative to where they stood in recent weeks, and is not an assessment of the likelihood that they will win, as that list–where Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Billy Thompson would be on top during these summer doldrums barring surprise developments–would be far less esoteric and far more boring! Read More
A coalition of Latino and Asian advocacy groups have released a proposal for the City Council’s consideration as they begin the decennial process of redrawing district boundaries for next year’s elections. The ‘Unity Map’ is of note because it can establish a baseline of maximizing minority representations and keeping communities of interest together. Indeed, when the New York State Legislature deadlocked over the the congressional redistricting lines, the courts intervened and implemented a map mirroring the Unity proposal.
Of course, the City Council, which is overwhelmingly Democratic and likely will aim for an uncontroversial incumbent-protection gerrymander that keeps almost everybody running for reelection happy, is unlikely to deadlock. Nevertheless, the map proposal that does emerge can be criticized by good government groups more effectively–for what it’s worth–when an alternative proposal is also out there. Read More
Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith went on Inside City Hall last night to answer a barrage of questions ranging from his rocky tenure as Majority Leader to a federal investigation into a non-profit he funded, all in the context of his credibility of his hypothetical run for mayor as a Republican candidate in 2013. Despite all of the potential points of criticism, Mr. Smith seemed confident he could make his case.
“Even my first three terms in the Senate I was cross-endorsed by the Republican Party, I even had the Independent line, so it’s not something that’s unusual,” Mr. Smith said, while emphasizing that he’s merely in a “listening tour” and has not made a decision. Read More
The City Council’s redistricting commission is meeting to hear public input in Queens this evening, and before they do, groups are pushing them to avoid splitting their communities.
One of those groups is SEVA, which is specifically calling for a district that keeps the neighborhoods of Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park intact, as they both contain a significant South Asian and Indo-Caribbean population. And to make that call, they’ve enlisted Himanshu “Heems” Suri, one of the members of the rap group Das Racist, to lobby for their cause. Read More
Yesterday morning, Quinnipiac Polling Institute released its latest polling numbers for the leading contenders of the 2013 mayoral race. While it’s still early and multi-candidate primary elections are notoriously hard to poll, the numbers did show Council Speaker Christine Quinn in a rather strong starting position and her opponents struggling with relative support and name recognition. Subsequently, various consultants weighed in on why that might be, but one of Ms. Quinn’s theoretical rivals also did so personally in an interview on Inside City Hall.
“Listen, these polls are what they are,” Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer countered when his 4% citywide standing was raised. “At the end of the day, the poll that counts is going to be the one late next year when we vote for who the next mayor is and the other citywide offices are.” Read More