Category Archives: Elections
LoHud: Six candidates are vying for three seats on the East Ramapo Board of Education, but few have spoken publicly about their goals and qualifications. Only two of the six, Robert Forrest and Margaret Tuck, responded to interview requests by The Journal News.
Forrest, Tuck and Eustache Clerveaux are running with the support of the Save Our Schools Coalition, a group of activists who advocate for the interests of East Ramapo’s 9,000 public-school students.
From Brooklyn Daily: Lopez protege Councilman Steve Levin stuck a fork in his relationship with the Assemblyman, saying that the report “shocked and saddened” him.
“The findings detail behavior that is disturbing, indefensible and constitutes a breach of the public trust,” said Levin. “Due to the circumstances, I think it is the best thing for everyone concerned that he voluntarily step down.”
Levin also condemned Lopez’s plan to run for city council.
First, the former city comptroller is doing well for himself, having earned $727,621 last year. Politics pays.
Second, he gave just $4,750 of that — less than 1 percent — to charity. To put it another way, of all the major Democratic candidates for mayor, Thompson raked in the most money but gave away the smallest portion to help the needy.
NYTimes reports: New York City’s largest union, Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union, has decided to throw its considerable political weight and grass-roots muscle behind Public Advocate Bill de Blasio in the contest for mayor.
The endorsement, which was approved on Friday and will be formally announced at a City Hall news conference on Monday, represents labor’s most significant move yet in what is shaping up as a wide-open Democratic primary.
NBC: Mitt Romney comments on the Obama administration’s handling of the trio of scandals. SEE VIDEOS:
NY1: Former Rep. Anthony Weiner is being coy about his political plans. But he told NY1 on Friday in the Gramercy section of Manhattan that New Yorkers will not have to wait long for an official announcement. “It’s going to be soon. It’s going to have to be soon,” Weiner said.
As far as political observers are concerned, Weiner has already decided to run for mayor. A source told NY1 Weiner hired a campaign manager and this week he was spotted shooting a campaign-style video outside his childhood home in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
NYC Elects: In pitch to NYC Jewish voters, some of the mayoral candidates did the most costless, but appreciative, act to tweet a greeting to the Jewish community celebrating the holiday of Shavu’ot.
NBC4 reports: Anthony Weiner was spotted shooting a campaign-style video on the stoop of his childhood home in Brooklyn Thursday as he weighs whether to run for mayor, NBC 4 New York reports exclusively.
The Democratic former congressman who resigned his seat two years ago amid a sexting scandal was wearing a shirt and tie and was seated on the steps next to his wife, Huma Abedin, as a camera crew and several other handlers looked on.
The Daily News reports: The city’s Muslim community is being courted in the mayoral race — and no candidate is doing it more aggressively than Democrat John Liu.
Liu made 36 appearances at Muslim-related events last year in his capacity as city controller, speaking at mosques and community centers, marching in a parade — even attending the wedding of a community leader’s daughter, according to copies of his official schedule obtained by the Daily News.
Barring some unforeseen thing, Weiner is running, for those (including myself) who still had questions about that notion.
— maggie haberman (@maggiepolitico) May 13, 2013
NYC Elects: The Democratic candidates fighting for the 2nd place in the runoff, have once again rolled out this week high ranking influential endorsements, while Christine Quinn, the front-runner, has lost the backing of three left-wing Manhattan political clubs whose leaders say she’s become too centrist as City Council speaker.
The Village Independent Democrats, located in the heart of Quinn’s Manhattan district, instead opted to back City Comptroller John Liu — the most liberal in the race.
NY Post reports: GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis — who claims he’s the billionaire who cares about all five boroughs — once boasted that he was a Manhattanite who felt “sorry for those people who aren’t.”
“There are two New Yorks — Manhattan and everything else,” the supermarket mogul and Upper East Side resident told Crain’s New York Business in a 1989 profile.
Jewish Press: Anthony Weiner can forget about any support from Hillary and Bill Clinton if he decides to run for mayor of New York City, the New York Post reported Monday. The main reason is Huma Abedin, Weiner’s Muslim wife who suffered disgrace shortly after their marriage when Weiner was caught using the Internet for online relationships with women.
NYC Elects reports: Following the latest social media problems within the Bill de Blasio campaign, with the resignation of two staffers who tweeted anti NYPD, racist and antisemitic tweets, the campaign is now cracking down on the remaining staffers.
According to information NYC Elects has gathered, a few weeks ago, Mr. de Blasio’s staffers at the Public Advocate’s office were asked to review their Twitter timelines and previous tweets to accommodate with the campaign’s need to overcome recent controversies and avoid such stories coming out in the future.
Los Angeles Times A new poll shows City Controller Wendy Greuel and City Councilman Eric Garcetti in a virtual dead heat in the campaign to be the next mayor of Los Angeles. The poll by the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles shows Greuel with 46% of likely voters and Garcetti with 45%, and 9% undecided, 12 days before the May 21 election.
NYC Elects reports: The first mass mailing of Joe Lhota’s mayoral campaign features a photo of him standing side by side with his former boss, Rudy Giuliani, taking command in lower Manhattan just days after 9/11, Celeste Katz reveals.
The mailer, sent to Republican primary voters this week, does not mention the 9/11 attacks or Mr. Lhota’s role during time, but the image clearly evokes that day.
The front picture features Giuliani and Lhota looking off in the distance, showing concern, with a flag, police and a Broadway street sign as a backdrop.
Maggie Haberman Reports in Politico: Sky-high approval ratings be damned — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is going on air next week with an ad that paints his Democratic rival Barbara Buono as a tax-hiker who is yoked to unpopular former governor Jon Corzine, POLITICO has learned.
The spot, which begins running Monday, is part of an $800,000 ad buy over the course of roughly a week, a source tracking the air wars in New Jersey told POLITICO. The source provided a script of the ad, which is an introductory spot about Buono, a long-serving state legislator who has been struggling mightily to gain traction in the race.
Maggie Haberman: For more than three decades, New York City residents have had mayors who did their best – with varying degrees of success – to keep their personal lives off limits. Ed Koch was famous for it. So was Mike Bloomberg. Even the disclosures about Rudy Giuliani’s life were mostly born of the private messes he’d tried to keep behind the curtain.
That model has been upended in the past few months, as New Yorkers, in something of a post-therapeutic moment, have been braced by jarringly detailed disclosures about the marriages of one Democratic mayoral hopeful (Public Advocate Bill de Blasio) and one likely candidate (former Rep. Anthony Weiner).
Election officials in Santa Clara County, California, confirm that Zuckerberg voted in 2008 and 2012 but is registered as having no party preference. Last year he held a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican. But officials familiar with Zuckerberg’s schedule say he plans to raise money for the Senate bid of Newark Mayor Cory Booker in the coming months.
Zuckerberg has done a town hall with President Obama and attended a dinner with the nation’s chief executive but also met with members of the House Republican leadership. His only disclosed political donations have gone to Facebook’s political action committee. -Washington Post-