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The One Lawyer Who No Longer Works for Liu

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From today’s City & State: Heard Around Town * Missing from the high-priced legal names in City Comptroller John Liu’s most recent off-cycle campaign filing? Martin Adelman, the attorney representing Liu’s indicted former campaign treasurer Jia Hou, whose retainer fees were previously being paid by the Liu campaign. Campaign finance experts wondered whether Liu had [&hellip
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Conspiracy Theory About Velazquez Race Turns Out To Be True

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

This morning, Room 8 blogger Gatemouth posted an article putting forth an intriguing conspiracy theory about the four-way Congressional race involving Rep. Nydia Velazquez. And it turns out to actually be true. Gatemouth posited that the candidacy of Dan O’Connor – a political newcomer who is one of the three people running against Velazquez – [&hellip
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Race, Ideology and County Politics at Play in Race for Next Council Speaker

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Breaking News

Picking a New York City Council speaker used to be fairly straightforward. County leaders of the five boroughs cut deals. Jobs were promised. Votes were wrangled. Arms twisted. But a couple of new elements in the race to replace term-limited Speaker Christine Quinn in 2014, involving ideology and race, are taking things into uncharted territory. [&hellip
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City & State: Heard Around Town, April 3

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

* With crowds flocking to Queens to play slots at the recently opened Resorts World New York casino, gambling activity at the nearby Empire City Casino in Yonkers has dropped off slightly. But Tim Rooney, Jr., Empire City’s general counsel, noted that while novelty and convenience were diverting some customers, a competing casino was always going to be [&hellip
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Liu’s Bank Shot

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Breaking News

From today’s Heard Around Town: * Just because City Comptroller John Liu‘s office voted against doing business with city banks last summer doesn’t mean they aren’t doing business with city banks. Liu’s representative on the city Banking Commission, an obscure body that oversees city bank accounts, voted against three dozen routine approvals last July to [&hellip
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City & State: At Congressional Campaign Kickoff, Dan Halloran Lays Out An Obama Referendum

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Politics

At his congressional campaign kickoff today, Queens Republican Councilman Dan Halloran made clear that he wants his campaign for an open northeast Queens seat to be a referendum on President Barack Obama. Repeatedly, Halloran said he would focus on three themes: high gas prices, Israel policy and 8 percent unemployment. And Halloran made clear, without [&hellip
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Bill O’Reilly’s Strange Days Are Over

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With Joe Carvin’s departure from the race for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination, top consultant Bill O’Reilly’s strange couple of days are over. O’Reilly confirmed that with Carvin out of the race, he is now back doing press for Rep. Bob Turner, whose campaign for Congress was helped enormously by O’Reilly’s press work. But when [&hellip
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Prominent Occupy Wall Street Activist and Hip Hop Artist Challenging Velazquez

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Arts & Film, Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit, Breaking News, News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit, Our Town Downtown, Politics

Photo by Jon Reznick   A well-known Occupy Wall Street activist, hip-hop artist and former district leader has decided to take the plunge back into New York’s electoral politics — by jumping into the suddenly crowded race to take on Brooklyn Rep. Nydia Velazquez. George Martinez, who is also adjunct professor of political science at Pace University and a [&hellip
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District Leader Prepping Challenge to Rhoda Jacobs

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Rodneyse Bichotte, a district leader in Brooklyn, is seriously considering a primary run against longtime Democratic Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs, according to Brooklyn sources, and recently registered a campaign committee for the seat. Jacobs, who was elected to the Assembly in 1978, represents a district that covers primarily Flatbush and Midwood. There is a heavy Caribbean [&hellip
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Threatening Letter Sent to NYC Council Members' Offices

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1-33b546cfe3 Stefan Ringel, the media relations director for Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, passed along this threatening letter that he says has been received today by at least three New York City Council members’ offices. After Williams’ office got the letter today, Ringel said that he also reached out to two other Council members’ offices — those [&hellip
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