Now Al Sharpton, too, is getting vocal about the lack of diversity in the leadership in the State Senate, joining a growing number of black and Latino officials in Albany.(1)
Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he wants to find a "consensus" on new gun control laws that could pass the Republican-controlled State Senate and Democratically-controlled State Assembly. Democratic lawmakers who spoke at a press conference outside City Hall this afternoon seem unsure if that's possible, blaming Republicans and well-financed opponents.
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."
State Senator Gustavo Rivera thinks today's decision by the Obama administration to alter its deporation policy is a big deal, however the politics turn out.
Accompanying the Times' lengthy story this morning about Michael Bloomberg's push to get New Yorkers to slim down was a photograph of a few people exercising in the park. One person seen in the photo, but not identified in the caption or the story, was Gustavo Rivera, a Democratic state senator from the Bronx.
Yesterday, freshman State Senator Gustavo Rivera endorsed a challenger to 21-term congressman Charles Rangel. Meanwhile, Rivera got a challenger of his own.(2)
A state senator from the Bronx endorsed one of Rep. Charles Rangel's rivals today, joining the short list of local Democratic officeholders officially opposing the re-election of the dean of the New York delegation.
State Senator Gustavo Rivera said today that Adriano Espaillat would bring "passion and energy to congress."
"I look forward to campaigning for Adriano, particularly in the Bronx, to get him elected as our next Congressman," Rivera said, in a statement.
State Senator Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx told me he only had one regret about attending President Obama's big fund-raiser at the Apollo Theater last night.
"The only bad thing about coming here tonight is that I didn't get a chance to chuckle some more at the ridiculous stuff that the Republicans are pushing," Rivera told me, when I caught him on his way out of the theater.
On Thursday night, the Reverend Al Green did everything he could to rile up the crowd at the Apollo Theater, and then President Obama did almost everything he could to quiet them down.
The man who arrived at Amalgamated Housing Cooperative in the Bronx last week to speak to 15 residents who had gathered to meet him looked like a police detective or an athlete gone to seed: tall, broad-shouldered and fleshy, with a shaved head, a neat goatee, and wire-rimmed glasses.