City Council members Jumaane Williams and Dan Garodnick announced today they want the next mayor to change the city charter and give the City Council a more meaningful role in how the city budget is made.
Back when Scott Stringer was running for mayor, he was a certain thing: the generally well-regarded liberal without a firm base, significant establishment support, or a realistic way forward.
Here's City Council candidate Mark Levine, formally kicking off his campaign by emphasizing his desire for a racially diverse coalition.(1)
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has one prediction for the 2013 mayor's race: The next mayor will not be John Liu, the scandal-adjacent city comptroller who is expected to run for mayor, and who Stringer wants to replace.
Councilman Dan Garodnick will announce tomorrow he is dropping out of the city comptroller's race and seeking reelection to his East Side district, according to two sources who spoke with the two-term Democrat.
"Guess what. Ready? I decided to run for comptroller," said Scott Stringer, the Manhattan borough president, in an interview Sunday afternoon. "I'm not dropping down. I'm stepping up."(1)
J.C. Polanco, a Republican board commissioner from the Bronx, said "obviously" for people in "devastated" neighborhoods like in Rockaway and on Staten Island, "the last thing some of the people are thinking about is voting, but we have to have a plan in place."
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio dismissed news that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will hold a hearing on the much-discussed Paid Sick Leave bill, saying it is a "stalling" tactic and a "meeting to nowhere."
For the record, Chamber of Commerce leaders are unmoved by 'well-meaning' changes to a sick-leave bill
The amendments are "well-meaning" but "this does not change our position on the paid sick day proposal," says the letter, dated October 11.
Amid speculation Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer will get into the race, State Senator Liz Krueger endorsed fellow Manhattan Democrat Councilman Dan Garodnick for city comptroller. [Celeste Katz]
A $594,375 fine against Bill Thompson for illegal postering during the 2009 mayoral campaign was upheld, but can still be appealed in court. [David Seifman]
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio thinks organized labor should back Councilman Dan Garodnick's watered-down version of a Paid Sick Leave bill, which addresses some of the concerns of business owners about the burdens imposed by the original version.
Under the rules of the City Council, the lead sponsor of the legislation—along with seven supporters—can file a "Motion to Discharge" which, if passed by a majority in the Council, would allow the bill to be brought forward for a vote.
(In 2006, the rules were amended to actually make it easier to file a motion to discharge. At the time, Councilman Dan Garodnick said this and other rules changes "shifts power to individual members and gives them more of an ability to do their job for constituents.")
At this point, the lead sponsor of the bill, Gale Brewer of Manhattan, has not exercised that option.
Democratic State Senate candidate Brad Hoylman has locked up the support of nearly the entire Democratic establishment in his bid to succeed Tom Duane, and his opponent is trying to use that against him.(17)