Some critics of the city's stop-and-frisk program are cheering the U.S. Department of Justice's statement of interest conditionally supporting an outside monitor to oversee the New York Police Department.
This afternoon, State Senator Adriano Espaillat held an event in the state office building on Adam Clayton Boulevard in Harlem, just a few floors below the office of Rep. Charlie Rangel, who he tried to unseat last year.
Ramadan is one of about eight candidates running to replace Robert Jackson, who is term-limited and running for Manhattan Borough President.
A big part of the electoral calculus behind Adolfo Carrion's party-crossing run for mayor involves overcoming the city's inherent Democratic advantage by attracting Latino voters to the Republican line.
It would be an unprecedented accomplishment, according to Luis Miranda, a Democratic consultant to Bill Thompson and a walking encyclopedia of northern Manhattan and Latino politics in New York.
"I can't think of an instance where an African-American or Latino switched parties and has gotten a large chunk of the vote," Miranda told me yesterday.
"It wold seem to me that a great deal of this is brought upon by Democrats...in the New York State Senate," Rangel said. The "last time there was this type of discussion, everyone ended up in jail."
"At my poll site, people had to wait two and a half hours to vote. In the cold. And they were doing that at 6 o'clock this morning."
Here's a campaign flier from State Senator Adriano Espaillat attacking his Democratic primary challenger and fellow Dominican lawmaker, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares for endorsing Rep. Charlie Rangel for re-election in the newly drawn, majority-Latino congressional seat in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.
The flier says "When Guillermo Linares had the chance to help send the first Latino from Northern Manhattan to congress…He chose instead to betray us."
Espaillat is not done settling scores with some of his Democratic colleagues.
This morning, he announced he was endorsing Mark Gjonaj, who is challenging one of his Democratic colleagues in the state Assembly, Naomi Rivera, who publicly backed Rangel in the primary race.
"Nobody has worked harder or delivered more than Mark Gjonaj," Espaillat said in a statement.
In the aftermath of the problem-ridden vote tally following state Sen. Adriano Espaillat's bid to unseat Rep. Charlie Rangel, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today described the Board of Elections as "incompetent" and "worse than the gang that couldn't shoot straight."
State Senator Adriano Espaillat conceded his congressional race to Rep. Charlie Rangel today, but he refused to say whether it had been an "honest election."(2)
State Senator Adriano Espaillat will concede the race to Rep. Charlie Rangel today, following a vote-count by the New York City Board of Elections that has the 21-term congressman winning by 990 votes.
Rep. Charlie Rangel's lead has grown to 1,158 votes over his leading challenger, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, even as new questions were raised about the impartiality of the election officials overseeing the count.(1)
Here's a little bit more from Representative Charlie Rangel's lawyer, Arthur Greig, who today accused State Senator Adriano Espaillat of orchestrating a legal challenge to the recent primary results as a way of ginning up favorable press coverage before Espaillat ultimately runs for re-election.
The recently approved New York City budget deal which passed the City Council 50-1 includes $17.2 million in revenue from garbage-collection that hasn't yet been approved by city lawmakers, according to the Wall Street Journal.