On Tuesday morning, erstwhile political combatants Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced that the Kingsbridge Armory would become, in its developers words, "the largest ice sports center on the planet."
“Who better than the man who named hip-hop?” Ortiz said, before clarifying that Bambaataa was the first to "identify" hip-hop as a cultural movement in an interview with The Village Voice in 1982. The origin of hip-hop, he added, is believed to have occurred on August 11, 1973, during a house party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the South Bronx that Bambaataa is thought to have attended.
That Councilman Larry Seabrook was convicted on nine federal counts of funneling taxpayer money to family and friends through a shady network of non-profit organizations is hardly a surprise.
Seabrook -- a former Assemblyman, State Senator and adjunct professor had a lengthy history of misusing public and campaign funds in ways that, at times were technically legal, but clearly in the public's interest. (The New York City Campaign Finance Board had to re-write some of their rules about matching funds because of Seabrook's tactics in 2005.)
Andy King, the 1199 SEIU health care advocate who lost a 2009 bid against City Councilman Larry Seabrook will run for the seat again, now that the long-time lawmaker was convicted of nine counts of corruption.
"I will be running again," King told me in a brief telephone interview this afternoon. He lost in 2009, in part because the union he's a member of opted to stay neutral, sparring Seabrook he full brunt of the union's hefty political muscle. King said he doesn't think the conviction will drastically affect his campaign strategy, except to move up the timing. He was already planning to run for the seat in 2013. Now, the election will be held on November 6 -- the date of this year's general election.
"I don't think it affects my campaign," King said. "My commitment to service has always been there."
A reporter-turned-Democratic operative who worked on Bill Thompson's 2009 mayoral campaign is joining the race to oust Naomi Rivera, a Democratic Assemblywoman in the Bronx who already is facing a well-financed challenger.
East Bronx Councilman Jimmy Vacca hopes that one day the M.T.A. will run commuter rail through the East Bronx to Westchester.
"Commuters traveling from the East Bronx to work in Westchester have no viable choice but to take their cars and sit in traffic on the Hutchinson River Parkway, which is backed up every day," said Vacca, the chair of the Council's transportation committee, during a hearing about mass transit in the outer boroughts.(6)
Yesterday, freshman State Senator Gustavo Rivera endorsed a challenger to 21-term congressman Charles Rangel. Meanwhile, Rivera got a challenger of his own.(2)
Assemblyman Rory Lancman is very interested in running for Congress, but like every aspiring candidate in New York at the moment, he's waiting to see how a federal judge will react to the vastly different redistricting proposals submitted by the Republican State Senate and Democratic Assembly.
In his state of the borough speech today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. touted business development projects Kingsbridge and the deal that lured the Queens-based FreshDirect company to the South Bronx as proof that he's stirring economic development and creating jobs in his borough. At one point in his speech, he even asked City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to stand and take a bow for her work on the Living Wage legislation.
The message Diaz was trying to convey was that his borough is open for business and already yielding results.(1)
Adolfo Carrion, the former White House director of urban affairs who spent eight years as Bronx borough president and four years in the City Council, has had a lot of time to think about New York City. The million dollars he has sitting in a campaign account, presumably, will have Democrats around New York eager to listen to him.(1)
Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, who left New York City to serve in the Obama administration, is back in town, and, during an interview on NY1's "Inside City Hall," he hinted at something electoral in his future.(1)
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. articulated what may very well be a sticking point in redrawing congressional districts for Rep. Charlie Rangel and others in the New York City delegation.
There's speculation that Rangel's district in upper Manhattan will extend north, all the way to Mount Vernon, in order to regain enough African-American voters to make it more likely that Rangel will get re-elected, and to make it easier, theoretically, for an African-American to succeed him.(1)
Bloomberg thinks Huntsman is 'very qualified,' takes polite issue with the Port Authority's accounting
Michael Bloomberg likes Jon Hunstman, but not enough to wade into the Republican primary and endorse him.
"I think he’s a very qualified guy," said the mayor during the question-and-answer portion of a press conference this morning in the Bronx. "This guy, President Obama chose him to be our ambassador to China and by all accounts, some of the senators I’ve talked to who had trips over there, they all gave him glowing marks as an ambassador. Whether he’s the right person to be the Republican nominee, I’ll leave up to the Republicans."