City & State Presents: The Notebook

Written by Chris Bragg on . Posted in Posts.

A note on "The Notebook" from City & State reporter, Chris Bragg: 

"Welcome to The Notebook, the campaign and politics blog of City & State. We’ll be updating throughout each day with analysis, breaking news and the same type of insider-oriented coverage you’ve seen on our website and in print."


2013 Mayoral Race

John Liu’s fundraising has taken a dive because of his campaign finance troubles, but he still raised more than $500,000.

Liu spent $190,000 on legal fees.

His campaign spending is way up, generally.

Bill Thompson rakes in $650,000.

Scott Stringer: $500,000.

Bill de Blasio: more than $1 million.


Olanike Alabi is running for Hakeem Jeffries’ Assembly seat. DL Walter Mosley is the likely opponent — and will likely have Jeffries’ support.

In a race we previewed in August, Frank Seddio confirmed he is running for Lew Fidler’s Council seat.

Asian-American civic groups want their own districts in Brooklyn. (h/t Azi Paybarah)

State Senate

The four Senate Republicans who voted for the gay marriage bill are raising big money.

Democrat Ricardo Montano outpaces Republican Sen. Owen Johnson’s fundraising – though it all came through loans and transfers from his county legislator account.

The IDC PAC pulled in $224,000.


Gov. Cuomo spent $45,000 on polling in advance of several key victories.

Cuomo has put $14 million more in the bank, showing that he could raise the big dollars to be president.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli touted $330,000 in fundraising.

Nassau DA Kathleen Rice raised a lot – but for what?

Eliot Spitzer gave Queens Councilman Mark Weprin $1,000 [See third from top]

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