Is City Council Speaker Christine Quinn Going National?

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Quinn Janos Marton, City & State‘s correspondent at the DNC Convention reports: Is Christine Quinn going national? Yesterday afternoon the New York City Council Speaker held a reception at the Halcyon Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, less than two blocks away from the convention center where the Democratic National Convention is being staged. The event, hosted [&hellip
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Party’s Over: How the Fall of Vito Lopez is Weakening Speaker Silver

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VitoLopez Less than two weeks ago, Assemblyman Vito Lopez and Speaker Sheldon Silver were among the two most powerful men in New York state politics. Now, a sexual harassment scandal that has dethroned the Brooklyn Democratic boss is weakening Silver, who has been untouchable in the Capitol for more than a decade. To read the full [&hellip
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Column: Disenfranchised Voters Deserve Better Than a Brush-Off

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Via City & State By Michael Benjamin My jaw dropped when I read this week about some 300 upstate voters inadvertently disenfranchised from the federal primary due to a mapping error. Unbelievable! For six weeks, no one had a clue or uttered a word about this voting-rights violation. That is, until Republican congressional candidate Matt Doheny entertained local media [&hellip
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Carl Paladino Calls on Speaker Silver to Resign

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Via City & State Former Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino has joined the slowly growing number of public figures calling on Sheldon Silver to resign as Assembly speaker. In an email to his supporters going out today, Paladino writes, “Silver acknowledged ‘a mistake was made.’ Was it an intentional mistake? The confidentiality clause, [Silver's] long history of making such ‘mistakes’ and the BS [&hellip
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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Claims He Asked Vito Lopez to Resign

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Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is now claiming he asked Assemblyman Vito Lopez to step down following accusations against him of sexual harassment in the workplace. These claims follow evidence in recent weeks Silver agreed to pay $100,000 to settle workplace harassment claims made against Lopez. Silver also stripped Lopez of his Assembly chairmanship, reports Gothamist.  [&hellip
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Women’s Organizations Call on Ethics Commission to Investigate Vito Lopez

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91910lopez Common Cause and National Organization of Women-New York City filed a complaint on Wednesday urging the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics to investigate embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s past conduct and look into whether his current and former staff had any knowledge of harassment. That includes Councilman Steve Levin, who served as Lopez’s chief of [&hellip
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Three-Way Race For Tom Duane’s Seat

Written by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth on . Posted in News West Side Spirit, Politics, West Side Spirit

high res hoylman  copy When state Sen. Tom Duane announced, to many people’s surprise, that he would retire after his current term ended, it opened an unexpected path for several hopeful candidates. There is now a three-way primary race under way for Duane’s seat representing the 27th Senate District, which covers a chunk of the Upper West Side as [&hellip
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Two Women Floated as Next Brooklyn Dem Chair If Lopez Is Ousted

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Annette Robinson Assemblyman Vito Lopez remains the Brooklyn Democratic Party Chairman for now, but if he is forced to relinquish that post, a number of candidates including Assemblywoman Annette Robinson or District Leader Jo Anne Simon are being floated as replacements, according to Democratic sources. Robinson remains well liked among party leaders, and could forge a number of alliances across the [&hellip
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Video: Theatrical Group of Anti-Fracking Protesters Interrupt Cuomo at Conference

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Via YouTube A reader passes along a video shot earlier this week at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New Ideas, New NY” policy conference of anti-fracking protesters interrupting the discussions. As Capital New York reported, “before the protest,[former New Mexico Governor Bill] Richardson had praised Cuomo, who has postponed a final decision on fracking while the state conducts an [&hellip
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Assemblyman Lopez Embroiled in Sexual Harassment Allegations

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SPOTLIGHT_TABLE_Lopez-215x300 From the Department of things we totally were not expecting comes this release from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Office, saying Assemblyman Vito Lopez, powerful chairman of the Assembly Housing Committee, will be removed as chair following allegations of sexual harassment against him. Silver’s letter to Lopez is included below. [bold emphases mine] “The bi-partisan Assembly [&hellip
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