5:25 pm Apr. 26, 2012
Congress is in session this week, but Rep. Charlie Rangel is not there.
The Stonewall Democrats hosted congressional candidates last night in Chelsea. Rangel wasn't there, either.
But Rangel is scheduled to appear on NY1 tonight, where he'll likely be asked about a report the station aired recently about Rangel missing (at least) 103 votes during a two-month stretch due to a back injury. Spokespeople for Rangel have said he is working with constituents in the district and they have strongly denied the implication that the 81-year-old congressman has slacked off on his congressional duties.
Campaign spokesman Bob Liff told Andrew Hawkins that "Rangel has been in the office this week — he’s there now — and is working."
Rory Lancman said raising taxes would preserve Social Security benefits and keep administrative offices from closing. [Steve Mosco]
Lancman said spending cuts weren't needed to offset money going to SSA "if we stopped obsessing about the deficit and cutting spending, and spent more time growing and stimulating the economy." [Michael Gannon]
More on Jeff Gottlieb and Stephen Green discontinuing their campaigns. [Ross Barkan]
A local publisher whose business partner is advising Grace Meng's campaign wrote, "The question remains whether the 40 year old disclosures [about Jeff Gottlieb] and [Rory] Lancman’s claim of being the real Jew in the race will have any impact on the outcome of this one." [Michael Schenkler]
"I will go to Washington and ensure that marriage equality becomes national law," Adriano Espaillat told Stonewall Democrats. [Youtube]
An El Diario columnist refers to Marco Rubio and Espaillat and warns, "Do not vote for a Latino candidate or a woman just for being Latino or woman…" [Dolores Prida]
Democrat Matt Alexander's campaign manager departed, possibly a sign of how strong Democrat Sean Patrick Maloney's campaign has become. [Liz Benjamin]
Maloney's latest endorsement is from 32BJ. [Celeste Katz]
Brooklyn Borough President
Candidate Carlo Scissura seems to be out of the race, taking a new job with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. [Celeste Katz]
David Storobin, who just ran for the seat, and Nacham Caller met to discuss how to avoid a Republican primary. No resolution yet. [Colin Campbell]
Silver's campaign finance bill doesn't close the loophole on donations from corporate subsidies, or housekeeping accounts. [Nick Reisman]
Senate Democratic staffer Paul Rivera won't be getting that $50,000 after all. [Ken Lovett]
In column on the Huffington Post about financial stability, the mayor emphasizes the need for financial literacy. [Michael Bloomberg]
Anticipating a loud, contentious meeting over closing 26 schools, Walcott reserved tonight's meeting space until 9 a.m. But two major education groups are skipping the event, so maybe it won't be so bad. [Geoff Decker]
Espaillat at Stonewall Democrats. [Adriano4Congress]
Eva Longoria pitches for Latinos for Barack Obama. [BarackObama.com]