State Senator David Storobin, who was elected this year to represent a heavily Jewish district in Brooklyn, recently publicized a photo of him visiting Israel's border with Syria.(2)
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.
Reuters summed up the race for the newly drawn congressional seat in Queens as a Get Out the Vote fight between three major Democratic candidates with largely similar stances on major issues: Assemblywoman Grace Meng, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley.
Retiring congressman Gary Ackerman: "I think the people have gotten dumber." [Josh Tyrangiel]
"The speaker's pattern of maintaining dialogue with both senior administration officials and their most prominent critics is a shift from her earlier days o the Council, when she was far more often on the outs, first with Mayor Rudy Giuliani and then Michael Bloomberg." [Paul Schindler](2)
Michael Bloomberg was overhead saying he thinks Mitt Romney would run the country better than Barack Obama, but that he can't endorse him because their difference on social issues are too great. [Michael Barbaro]
Liz Crowley hit Rory Lancman for saying he backed independent redistricting but also saying he drew his own Assembly lines. [Colin Campbell](1)
The three main Democratic candidates for an open congressional seat in Queens are arguing about how to fund Social Security in a way that ensures 100 percent of current benefits for seniors and future retirees over the long term.
I'll be sitting on a panel moderating a debate among the Democratic congressional candidates in NY-6 at the Juniper Park Civic Association this Thursday. And on June 21, I'll be moderating another forum with the candidates, in Forest Hills.(1)
An actual policy difference between two of the candidates in the race for an open congressional seat in Queens: City Councilwoman Liz Crowley said at a debate last night that she opposed raising taxes in order to fund Social Security.
City Coucilwoman Elizabeth Crowley made the delectability argument, during an interview on NY1 last night about her congressional race:
"I think that's what sets me apart from my two opponents. I've been proven to beat Republicans in general elections in the past. I'm a New York City Council member that is the fist Democrat and the first female to represent the 30th council district."
A negative report about the business practices of Walmart, combined with fierce opposition from organized labor to Walmart's longstanding attempts to open up an outlet in New York, have produced what amounts to a contest among Democratic candidates to denounce the corporation in the most memorable possible terms.
1199 SEIU, the largest union in New York, announced it is putting its support behind Representatives Charlie Rangel of Harlem and Nydia Velazquez of Brooklyn, two incumbents facing strong primary challenges.
Rangel fended of a crowded field of competitors two years while he was being investigated for ethics violations in the House. But his district has been redrawn to become less African-American and majority Hispanic, and he looks to be facing stiffer competition than last time, with a challenge from Dominican-American State Senator Adriano Espaillat.
Jeff Gottlieb, the Board of Elections employee who jumped into the race for an open congressional seat in Queens, is declining to run for the seat himself. But he made way for a replacement, which he's entitled to do at this stage of the petitioning process.