In announcing her support for a modified version of the original "paid sick time" bill, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for the first time described the economic indicators that will be used by city officials to determine whether the new requirement is fully implemented after its April 2014 start date.(1)
If you get past the references to slicing off genitalia and the "sound-proofing" of her City Hall office, the Times story about Christine Quinn helps illustrates the power that comes with being the City Council Speaker.
"How does a Republican win for mayor? How does a black Republican run and win, for mayor?"
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.
One day before his campaign treasurer was scheduled to appear in court and face federal fraud and obstruction charges, City Comptroller and presumptive mayoral candidate John Liu told a cheering crowd of more than 200 supporters in Harlem that he is "going all the way. I'm not going to stop until we get there."
In his first public appearance in nearly two months, Rep. Charles Rangel said at a town hall meeting with constituents that the state senator running against him is "pretty strong," and that "this is an exciting beginning." He spoke while seated in a swivel chair.(1)
Rep. Charles Rangel did not attend the candidate forum held by the Barack Obama Democratic Club last night on 155th Street. But Inez Dickens, a councilwoman and Democratic district leader from Harlem, spoke on his behalf.
If, for some reason, 81-year-old Rep. Charles Rangel, whose back pain has forced him to miss votes in the House, withdraws from his campaign for what would be his 22nd term in office, here are the seven people who'll pick a replacement candidate:(3)
"There was no debate, absolutely no debate whatsoever," said the county chairman, Assemblman Keith Wright. The resolution passed "by acclamation. It was unanimous."
Passing the resolution means "New York County believes in living wage."
The political director of one union strongly backing the city's "living wage" legislation said they can still tweak the bill and regain the support of City Councilwoman Inez Dickens of Harlem.
Dickens, an influential member of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus and longtime fixture in Democratic politics, announced in an op-ed this morning she's withdrawing her support for the bill, out of fear that it will have an adverse impact on female- and minority-owned businesses.
The debate over the proposed "living wage" legislation, which would require private companies to pay higher wages to employees at locations developed with the help of public subsidies, isn't just happening inside the New York City Council.
Daily News columnist Juan Gonzalez describes it as the latest fight to lift low-wage workers out of the cycle of poverty, and a continuation of a battle set off by the Bronx Borough President who opposed the mayor's plan at Kingsbridge Armory.