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Local Pols Eye Tom Duane’s Seat

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

With Manhattan State Sen. Tom Duane announcing his retirement last night, rumors are already circulating about who will run for his coveted West Side seat — and petitioning begins on Tuesday. One name that has emerged already is that of Brad Hoylman, the senior vice president and general counsel for the Partnership for New York City, who had [&hellip
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Israel Remains Central Issue in Local Congressional Race

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

In the wake of last week’s New York Times article on the NY-06 race evolving into “Israelapalooza,” Assemblyman Rory Lancman’s supporters are attempting to raise money off Councilwoman Liz Crowley’s comment in the article that all the emphasis on Israel is a “distraction.”   The below fundraising pitch was sent out Friday afternoon by former [&hellip
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“There Is A Rat Among Us” And It Could Be Cuomo: Says State Senator Diaz

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

Bronx State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr.’s always entertaining “What You Should Know” column is especially enlightening this morning, as Diaz addresses a Daily News report that Senate Minority Leader John Sampson’s days as Democratic leader are numbered. In his latest musing, Diaz tries to guess at who the “rat” is within the Democratic conference that [&hellip
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“I Do Give a Damn About Obama Endorsement,” Says Congressional Hopeful Espaillat

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

Charlie Rangel may or may not care if he lands the endorsement of President Barack Obama in his heated five-way June congressional primary. But his top challenger, Manhattan State Sen. Adriano Espaillat, went out of his way to say at a press conference this afternoon that he would welcome the president’s backing. “I might just [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

2013 Mayoral Race A major developer who gave campaign contributions to Bill Thompson also benefitted greatly from Thompson’s stint chairing the Battery Park City Authority. Thompson was the only one of the major mayoral candidates who was not signed onto an op-ed backing the prevailing wage bill. U.S. Senate Mayor Ed Koch said that Bob [&hellip
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As Living Wage Comes to a Head, CB2 Chair Registers for Quinn’s Seat

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown

We wrote about this prospect in depth a few months ago, and now Brad Hoylman has take a step towards running for term-limited Speaker Christine Quinn’s seat, opening a campaign account to raise money for a run. Hoylman, who narrowly lost a Lower Manhattan Council race in 2001, is the well-known chairman of Community Board [&hellip
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Lancemen, in Blasting Wal-Mart, Indirectly Calls for Probe into Cuomo and Silver

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Breaking News

At a press conference yesterday, Democratic Assemblyman Rory Lancman, who is running for Congress in Queens, called on the Justice Department to “examine” politicians in New York “very, very closely” that have accepted donations from Wal-Mart. “We know they know of price of buying government favors in Mexico, and I think all of us are [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup: April 19, 2012

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

2013 Mayoral Race The candidates got a thumbs-down on their tech prowess. Might Kristin Davis run for mayor? Brooklyn Hakeem Jeffries may end up getting the endorsement of Andrew Cuomo. More on Simcha Felder’s state Senate plans. Manhattan Rangel and Espailliat are fighting over the endorsement decision of Oscar de la Renta. State Senate John [&hellip
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Campaign Roundup: April 18, 2012

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

2013 Mayoral Race Three of the NYC mayoral candidates spoke at an educational panel. U.S. Senate Wendy Long has a very high burn rate so far. Staten Island Mark Murphy is staffing up. Opponent Michael Grimm is having his petitions challenged for the Independence Party line. Brooklyn The retiring Ed Towns won’t use his petitions [&hellip
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The Sharpton Question

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

From today’s Heard Around Town: * With two congressional primaries taking place this year in two historically black New York City neighborhoods, many are asking, wither Rev. Al Sharpton? Will he endorse in the NY-13 race in Harlem or the NY-08 in Bed-Stuy? Some sources speculate that Sharpton could endorse Charles Barron, whose campaign is [&hellip
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