Manhattan could see their New York City Council delegation size reduced by one seat, and the Bronx, which has the smallest delegation, could pick up a seat.
Manhattan Republican Party chairman Daniel Isaacs can't wait to meet Adolfo Carrion, the former Obama administration official and previous Bronx Borough President who recently left the Democratic Party in order to run for mayor as an independent and Republican.
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."
Synergy edition: Espaillat and Miranda's 'Manhattan Times,' Gottlieb and Nussbaum's 'Queens Tribune'
State Senator Adriano Espaillat's campaign is reportedly being run by the Mirram Group, a consulting firm "headed by former Bronx Democratic Party boss Robert Rameriez."
Ramirez isn't quoted in the story and the Bronx Democratic Party is now run by Assemblyman Carl Heastie, who has no particular allegiance or loyalties to Ramirez. Another key consultant at the firm is Luis Miranda, who has consulted on each of Espaillat's previous campaigns.
If, for some reason, 81-year-old Rep. Charles Rangel, whose back pain has forced him to miss votes in the House, withdraws from his campaign for what would be his 22nd term in office, here are the seven people who'll pick a replacement candidate:(3)
Rep. Charles Rangel made news recently by saying he'll serve a full term in office if re-elected this year. It's news because he's 81 years old and is suffering from back pain that forced him into a hospital and caused him to miss votes in Congress. (It was also news when he said it two years ago, though for somewhat different reasons.)
Rangel's purpose here, aside from reassuring would-be supporters that he'll actually stick around if they elect to put him back in office, is to debunk the idea that he'll attempt to wire his succession by stepping down and creating a vacancy to be filled without voter input. (See: Manton, Tom.)
Yesterday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg summoned three sponsors of legislation that would make real his outer-borough-taxi plan to City Hall to discuss the prior week’s events.
In attendance were Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx, the primary sponsor of the bill, which would allow livery cars to legally pick up street hails in upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs, something livery cars have been doing illegally for years now. Two of Heastie's co-sponsors, Assemblymen Guillermo Linares and Karim Camara, representing Upper Manhattan and Crown Heights, also showed up.