No one really expected Representative Nydia Velazquez to lose last night, in her first real primary challenge since being elected to Congress in 1992.(1)
On the corner of Henry and Rutgers Streets in Chinatown this morning, Representative Nydia Velazquez was practicing her limited Chinese.
"Ni hao! Ni hao!" she hollered at voters making their way toward the East Broadway stop on the F line, pressing them to take a palm card.(1)
Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillbrand, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Governor Andrew Cuomo all endorsed Velazquez in the primary, demonstrating that they would rather cross a local county leader than abandon a scandal-free, reliable Democratic colleague.(1)
In the first of what is reported to be a handful of congressional endorsements, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his support for incumbent Representative Nydia Velazquez this afternoon.(1)
Senator Chuck Schumer has recorded a robocall vouching for Nydia Velazquez's support for Israel.
Her meeting with Brooklyn's Democratic boss Vito Lopez had been a friendly one, as far as Nydia Velazquez knew.
It was 1992, the year she was first elected to Congress. Velazquez and Dennis Rivera, then the president of the health care workers union, 1199 SEIU, met with Lopez at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan to coordinate his support for her campaign.(3)
If Sunday's joint endorsement of Nydia Velazquez by the pro-Israel heavyweights Chuck Schumer, Shelly Silver and Jerry Nadler was intended to shore up the congresswoman's bona fides with the Jewish community, the point was mostly left implicit.
When Nydia Velazquez decided she needed a big show of support during her first tough primary in years, she called on Kirsten Gillibrand.
This morning, returning a favor from a few years ago, Gillibrand served as the headliner at a rainy endorsement press conference for Velazquez on the steps of City Hall.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has left for a trip to Israel with ten Council members.
The trip is being paid for the by Jewish Community Relations Council and does not include taxpayer funds, a source told me.(4)
At a press conference to announce two bills that would make city government more transparent, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn obfuscated.
To be precise, Quinn declined to take a position on a proposed reform of the state pension system or on a recent proposal by a councilman to create an inspector general for the NYPD.(1)
The two chairs of the Brooklyn delegation in the New York City Council stepped down from their positions this afternoon, according to multiple sources. Erik Dilan of Bushwick and Letitia James of Clinton Hill and Fort Greene announced their decision at a borough delegation meeting earlier today.(1)
'No timeline': Fallout from the Denise Gay incident is still on hold as the N.Y.P.D. continues its investigation
The N.Y.P.D. found itself dealing with multiple politically fraught crises earlier this month. There was the shooting spike over Labor Day weekend, the death of an unarmed man in Inwood and the arrest of City Councilman and top legislative aide at the West Indian American Day Parade. Then there was also the death of a Brooklyn grandmother, Denise Gay, who was hit by a stray bullet outside her home near the spot where police officers exchanged fire with an armed suspect.