Three out of the four Democratic candidates for Manhattan borough presidents met at a candidate forum at Pace University in Lower Manhattan this morning.
Chuck Schumer brandished a big metal pipe at the Google office this morning for an announcement about the Commerce Department stationing a patent specialist at Cornell's New York campus.
"You were wondering if I was going to beat somebody up," Schumer said as an aide handed him the stretch of copper pipe.
Schumer was joined in the third-floor office by the acting Secretary of Commerce, Rebecca Blank, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Councilmember Jessica Lappin for the announcement, which was billed as a public-private partnership to help create tech jobs in the city by bringing ideas to market faster.
"This office is transformative," Schumer said. "It takes the great research, and almost like Rapunzel, transforms it into jobs and new companies.
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)
On Tuesday evening, a rosy-cheeked 23-year-old Syracuse University grad student named Joseph Wood won first prize in a competition designed to spark conversation about how to transform the derelict stretch of East Side esplanade running from 60th Street to 125th Street into something more.(1)
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer today called for an end to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk tactic, saying it was an ineffective tactic that unfairly targets black and Latino men to the point that their families are "more worried about the interaction with the police" than with local drug dealers.(2)
City Councilman Robert Jackson of Harlem likes his chances of becoming the next Manhattan borough president.
A number of credible Democrats are considering entering the race, or have already declared: City Council members Jessica Lappin of the East Side and Gale Brewer of the West Side and Julie Menin, who chairs a community board in lower Manhattan and lives on the Upper West Side.
Here's an invitation to Assemblyman Herman (Denny) Farrell's 80th birthday party on Saturday, for which he's asking guests to make donations to Councilman Robert Jackson's campaign for borough president. Jackson's campaign sent an email earlier today reminding supporters of the event.
"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."
Movie producer Jane Rosenthal was dressed in all black, with a string of pearls drooping off her neck, as she stood in the middle of a Soho loft overlooking Prince Street. Behind her was a stone fireplace taller than her or any of the 300 guests there that night. Above her was a chandelier shaped like a flying woman with antlers for wings. The loft belonged to Henry Buhl, a photographer, philanthropist and former investment banker.
Silicon Island? Often-fractious Roosevelt Island is unanimous on one thing: They want a big tech campus built there
Roosevelt Island wants to have a research and engineering campus, very badly. And so a number of local officials joined councilmember Jessica Lappin, whose district includes the 2.5-mile long stretch of Roosevelt Island, in a press conference that was a pitch to schools like Stanford and Cornell universities.(3)