The House Judiciary Committee has yet to hold a hearing on guns, but Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is cautiously optimistic about the prospect of getting a background check bill through Congress.
'Deal with it': New York Democrats (with business and labor) call for immigration reform without conditions
Before a City Council hearing on immigration reform this afternoon, a coalition of labor leaders, Democrats, and one New York business representative called on Congress to pass a reform bill without some of the preconditions currently being demanded by Republicans in Washington.
Among the many guests at Rep. Hakeem Jeffries' local inauguration last night was Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who disregarded the assigned seating arrangement and took a spot in the second row with his girlfriend, Angela Battaglia.
Lopez is a naturally conspicuous man, with a hulking frame, and was made more so by a bright red sweater underneath his blazer, and the fact that he is currently facing a slew of sexual harassment charges that led a number of his erstwhile allies—including Jeffries, more or less—to call for his resignation.(1)
At the local swearing-in ceremony for Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Sunday night, Sen. Chuck Schumer was so effusive in his praise of Jeffries, and so sincere in lamenting that he lived two blocks outside of Jeffries' Brooklyn district, that Schumer's own representative in Congress piped up from the crowd.
Hakeem Jeffries isn't a congressman yet, but he's already making lots of friends in Washington.
The Brooklyn assemblyman has raised more than $1.3 million for his congressional race to date, but he's not hoarding much it for future challenges.
With just over a week until Election Day, when he's expected to win handily in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, Jeffries has spent his cash on hand down to just $55,000, according to his most recent filing this week with the Federal Election Commission.
Earlier this year, Brooklyn assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries toppled the longtime incumbent Ed Towns, and won the Democratic nomination in what's expected to be an easy coast to Congress in early November.
Kenneth Thompson, the defense attorney who represented the hotel housekeeper who accused Dominique-Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault last year, is considering a primary challenge to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes in 2013.
Thompson has represented a number of high-profile clients since he served as a prosecutor in New York's Eastern District in the mid-1990s, when he first made a name for himself by delivering the opening statements in the Abner Louima case.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn opens her home to the New York Times Sunday Magazine. [Edward Lewine]
"what do the other 2013ers think about the often fawning coverage by @nytimes of @ChriscQuinn?" [@AndyJayHawk]
On Thursday night, Hakeem Jeffries won another round against outgoing congressman Ed Towns, when Jeffries' protege, Walter Mosley, took 63 percent of the vote in a primary battle for the right to replace Jeffries in the Assembly.
"I look forward to going to Albany and working with my sister in City Hall and my brother in Congress, the progressive trifecta," said Mosley, flanked by Jeffries and Councilwoman Letitia James, at a crowded victory party at the Cornerstone restaurant in Fort Greene. "Something that you can take to the bank, and get paid any time!"(2)
When Adriano Espaillat ran for Congress against Rep. Charles Rangel in June, representing the most credible challenge to Rangel in recent memory, the Times chose not to endorse him, writing that "he would have to reach out to a wider constituency of African-Americans, whites and Asians."
After the governor, both United States senators, two members of Congress, and all five candidates for mayor had called for Assemblyman Vito Lopez to resign from his legislative and party positions, the assemblyman and presumptive congressman Hakeem Jeffries added his voice to the chorus, sort of.
Walter Mosley's candidacy provided an opportunity for Charles Barron's backers to get right with Hakeem Jeffries.
But today, District Council 37 opted not to make amends, choosing to endorse one of Mosley's opponents, Olanike Alabi, who previously served as an aide to the head of health care union 1199 SEIU.
Councilman Charles Barron said he's already seeing incoming congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who he lost to in Tuesday's primary, carving out a legislative agenda in order to pay back political supporters.
According to the preliminary returns from the city Board of Elections, Barron's primary opponent, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, won every Assembly district in the new eighth congressional district yesterday, including the one represented by Barron's wife, Inez.
Though the New York Times imprematur can be crucial in competitive local Democratic primaries, it doesn't appear to have played a meaningful role in any of yesterday's congressional races, in which three of the paper's five chosen candidates won.