Bronx Councilwoman Annabel Palma will not run for Congress, despite a flurry of recent media reports suggesting that she would challenge longtime Congressman José Serrano.
Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat representing a competitive North Country district targeted by Republicans this cycle, announced today that he will not seek re-election.
Mr. Owens, who won his seat in a special election just a few years ago, in 2009, revealed his intentions in a statement posted on his government website. Read More
Former Gov. David Paterson has ruled out for good a run at Congressman Charlie Rangel’s seat.
“I would like to make it clear that I have no intention of running for Congress in the 13th District, either now or in the future,” Mr. Paterson said in a statement issued this morning to address recent speculation. Read More
In a major boost for former Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s bid for the City Council, his main rival, Isaac Sasson, is withdrawing from the race.
Although Mr. Lancman has been endorsed by the Queens County Democratic organization and the overwhelming majority of labor unions, Mr. Sasson, a lottery winner with millions of dollars at his disposal, could have self-financed a serious campaign effort. Read More
State Senator José Peralta will end his campaign for Queens borough president and endorse former Councilwoman Melinda Katz, a source close to the Peralta campaign told Politicker Friday.
“Senator Peralta made an important contribution to the race for borough president as a tireless advocate for immigrant communities and local economic development and job growth,” said Rep. Joe Crowley, the chair of the Queens Democratic Party, in a statement. “Fortunately, he will continue fighting the good fight in the state Senate and wherever else his insight and determination are needed. I look forward to continuing to work with him on legislation and projects to help make our communities stronger.” Read More
Councilman Leroy Comrie, once considered a front-runner in the Queens borough presidents race, is “looking at every option,” he told Politicker this morning when asked if he’s planning to drop his bid.
“I’m not prepared to put that out publicly yet, I’m still working on it,” he said during the Memorial Day Parade in the Laurelton neighborhood of Queens. Read More
Queens Councilman James Gennaro is not rolling out the welcome mat for Anthony Weiner’s mayoral bid.
Indeed, Mr. Gennaro released a lengthy, 824-word statement slamming Mr. Weiner. In paragraph after paragraph, Mr. Gennaro brought up Mr. Weiner’s infamous Twitter scandal that led to his downfall two years ago, arguing the former congressman’s poor handling of the affair disqualified him from being anything but a distraction. Read More
A little over five months after he announced a “fusion candidacy” for mayor on the Liberal and Republican party lines, Tom Allon, CEO of the local newspaper chain Manhattan Media, is ending his bid for City Hall. Mr. Allon announced his decision in a statement that attributed the decision to his direct acquisition of Manhattan Media’s political news organization, City and State Media.
“When I decided to enter the mayoral race in July, 2011, I had a deep desire to lead this wonderful and unique city and to finally fix our crumbling public education system, the single greatest cause of New York City’s jobs crisis and increasing inequality in the five boroughs,” Mr. Allon said. Read More
A little over a week after announcing his intention to challenge State Senator Diane Savino next year, 21-year-old NYU junior named Saint Jermaine Endeley may drop his bid to take the 23rd District seat. Word of Mr. Enderley’s early departure from the race first appeared via a report on The Brooklyn Politics this afternoon that said “multiple sources familiar with the situation” expected Mr. Endeley to drop out of the race. Mr. Endeley subsequently told The Politicker he’s re-evaluating his decision to run. ”We don’t know if were going forward at this point,” Mr. Endeley said. “We’re not talking to the press at this time, we’ll have a statement tomorrow morning.”
Mr. Endeley’s young age wasn’t the only atypical aspect of his candidacy, the upstart senate hopeful describes himself as a “pro-business” democrat and has a “5-5-5 Plan” reminiscent of the policies of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. Read More