The cost of education in New York City, to the city, has gone up by $1 billion over the last fiscal year.(1)
James, who like one of her rivals, State Senator Daniel Squadron, is from Brooklyn. In the party's endorsement meeting, James got 25 votes, Squadron got 6, and Cathy Guerriero, an education professor at Columbia's Teachers College, got 1 vote, and former deputy public advocate Reshma Saujani did not receive any, according to a James campaign source.
Anthony Weiner and Howard Wolfson are not done fighting. [Reid Pillifant]
Headline: "Defending Silver, Cuomo says sexual harassment is a societal problem" [Dana Rubinstein]
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn reprises her role as an activist. [Dana Rubinstein]
Councilman Oliver Koppell withdrew his taxi legislation after advocates withdrew their support for it. [Dana Rubinstein]
State Senator Daniel Squadron's consultants predict he could have more than $1 million than his competitors in the public advocate's race to help him reach voters heading into the September primary, according to a campaign memo they are circulating to supporters.
"I am a man of few characters, so I'm going to keep this very, very brief," said Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, at a fund-raising party for public advocate Reshma Saujani on Wednesday night.
During her brief time in politics, Reshma Saujani has reinvented herself pretty radically.(2)
The problem with reporting on local candidates' fund-raising before their complete filings are available is that reporters usually have to rely on numbers provided by the candidates themselves.
Consultant Cindy Darrison donated money to State Senator Daniel Squadron's rivals in the public advocate's race after he fired her in a phone call he made while she sat shiva for her father's passing. Darrison fired off two emails venting her frustration with the Democratic lawmaker, which were forwarded to me.(2)
Noah Gotbaum's bid for public advocate got off to a poor start after his step-mother, herself a former public advocate, endorsed one of his rivals.
Five Democratic candidates for public advocate got together for the first time at an event last week in Queens, at a forum held in a room above a funeral parlor.(1)
Bill Thompson opposes NYCHA's plan to lease unused space and playground for luxury housing development. [Hunter Walker]
Headline: "Bikes Lanes Must Have Community Support: De Blasio" [Aaron Short]
Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani's campaign confirmed they edited her wikipedia page, which was "wiped" clean of some info about her work in the hedge fund industry. [Chris Bragg]
Saujani raises nearly half a million for public advocate's race; Squadron follows, with James yet to file
Reshma Saujani, who made headlines as a congressional candidate in 2010, raised just under half a million dollars during the latest six months in her campaign to become the city's public advocate.(18)
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be featured at a fund-raiser for Public Advocate candidate Reshma Saujani, according to this fund-raising invitation.
In an email accompanying the invitation, Saujani refers to Gilibrand as a "trailblazer" and notes they both worked to try electing Hillary Clinton "our nation's first female president. Now, looking ahead to 2013, our journey continues."
Two prospective candidates for public advocate say they will not accept money or support from StudentsFirstNY, the organization created to advance Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education agenda after he leaves office.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has never really held the office of Public Advocate in high regard, and once described an idea by the current public advocate as "the stupidest one" he's heard in a while.
Bloomberg's eldest daughter, Emma Bloomberg, looks more favorably at the office. Her only donation to made in the last six months was to Reshma Saujani, who used to work in the public advocate's office and is running for the position next year.
Emma Bloomberg donated $250 to Reshma for New York on June 28, according to state finance records.