The news broke earlier this week that the latest planning process for the redevelopment of Governors’ Island has been scrapped, and the agency charged with the redevelopment of the island would start over. Again.
The latest plans called for a variety of uses, including hotels, condos, conference centers, and an amusement park. Mayor Bloomberg’s earlier plan called for moving the CUNY campuses there, and using the existing campuses for public schools. Mayor Giuliani’s plan called for a casino. The next failed plan, which will no doubt provide positive publicity (and that is the point isn’t it?), will be the fourth. Under the circumstances, you may be interested in what I suggested, while working at the Department of City Planning, when the first plan was being cooked up – moving the United Nations and all related embassies to the island. That proposal may be read after clicking “read more."
At the end of this article are the endorsements listed by Carl Andrews in his bid for the Congressional seat won by Yvette Clarke. We estimate that these endorsements must have been worth more than a million bucks. Not listed is the endorsement of Elliot Spitzer. Spitzer didn’t just endorse Carl. He published a personal letter on Carl’s website, requesting support for Carl.
And then in the last week , Carl mailed another personal letter from Spitzer urging voters to cast their ballot for Carl.(Carl may have had over 12 mailings in some sections)
In today's LunchBox, host Adam Green on: Hillary Clinton, Eliot Spitzer, the Democratic Convention, Sen Harry Reid, Sen Edward Kennedy, Cornell University's Global Village Project, Albany, Jeannine Pirro (pronounciation, Frenched), Andrew Cuomo, John Hall, Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown...and more
People like me who think Al Sharpton is more a creation of the media than an authentic leader of the African-American community were hopeful that Rev. Al’s truly pathetic vote totals when he ran for President would cause people to stop taking him seriously.
In that year, Sharpton lost the black majority District of Columbia primary to Howard Dean, finished 3rd with less than 10% in South Carolina where Blacks were 50% of the turnout and lost badly to “soul brother” John Kerry in both of Central Brooklyn’s Congressional districts.
Since the New York Observer has anointed me as an expert on New York Times endorsements, I feel compelled to point out what’s wrong with these comments in Tuesday’s New York.
First, not even New York City Democrats listen to what New York Times editorials tell them to do. The Times endorsed three candidates in closely contested races: David Yassky in a Brooklyn congressional race; Ken Diamondstone in a race to represent a Brooklyn district in the state Senate; and Mark Green in the race for attorney general. All three candidates — Yassky, Diamondstone, and Green — lost. The New York Observer ran a 2,000-word article last year claiming that "It's a given among the city's political classes that an endorsement from The Times in a race for City Council, the State Legislature or a judgeship is tantamount to election in affluent, Times-reading neighborhoods." Not anymore.
The netroots are bubbling, New York, and they've got their sights set on you.
To put it mildly, they're kinda sick of your "liberally" coasted self; and generally, find the values of many of your inhabitants - wealthy Democrats, in particular - antithetical to their own. And, to boot, they seem to think that you think that the world revolves around you and only you. Wha?
Yvette Clarke’s Congressional victory was definitely remarkable. After stumbling badly, she refused to surrender, and fought back to a well-deserved win. I was impressed by her gutsy performance on New York One coming immediately after the revelation that she had “forgotten” whether she graduated from college. The new Congresswoman showed no defensiveness, virtually dominating the show, and intimidating the three men.
This is an articulate, smart and quick woman who will do well in Congress. Hopefully, her mother’s flaws are not genetic. I cannot forget Una’s betrayal of her mentor and sponsor, Major Owens, her kissing up to Rudy Giuliani and her switch from Democrat to become a servant of Geroge Pataki when it served her financial interest.
"And Coppolla, jr. won the Senate seat in Buffalo. The Times saw a story here that wasn't. Look, however, for young Cop to be the second in his family to take the seat in a special and lose it in the next primary."
Posted by: Gatemouth | March 1, 2006 05:06 PM on The Politicker"Perhaps all of DDDB's superheroes: [Bill] Batson, Major Minor, The Black Barron, Diamondhead, and Super Cop can all meet together in Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude to offer a victory toast to Super Cop, who, in solitude, will likely be the only one holding a new elected office come January."
by Jenny Klion
One thing's for sure, the Durst Organization knows how to throw around its political capital. In 2006 alone, Co-President Douglas Durst spread over $131,000 into federal political coffers; 80% of which fell into the hands of Democrats.
Congressman Jerrold Nadler, for one, claimed $14,700 in donations from Durst - his largest contributor to date in the '05-'06 cycle. And West side Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and State Senator Tom Duane took in over $11,000 combined from Durst and relatives.
Question is, besides the usual, more obvious real estate plays, what else is in it for Durst? Turns out, potentially quite a few things...
People who know who I am, including, I suspect, Sean Patrick Maloney, know that I did not personally support him for A.G. My club endorsed him and he personally asked for my support twice, which I declined. I'm not going to go into the reasons why I didn't support him, but I swear that I never once did anything to hinder his run or prevent my club from going all out to help his campaign.
In today's LunchBox, host Adam Green on: Yvette Clarke, David Yassky, John Spencer, Andrew Cuomo, Mark Green, Ada Smith, the United Jewish Organization, Hillary Clinton, Tom Suozzi, Eliot Spitzer and ... Britney Spears.
The day after a Primary always have a few losing candidates, their supporters and gullible reporters talking about "demanding a recount".
Let's make it clear. There are no recounts in New York because there hasn't been an official count yet.
The results that are out there now are unofficial. They are called in by election inspectors after the polls closed Tuesday night. Numbers are not double checked and mistakes are always made. No absentee, affadavit or emergency ballots have been counted yet.
In the next week or two, the Board of Elections will conduct the official count by recording the numbers off the machines and counting the paper ballots.
American doesn’t love a loser, so today is not a day many people will be thanking Tom Suozzi for his work and his campaign. I was going to drop him a note, but I’m a blogger now, so what the hell, I’ll do it here.
Thank you for turning your back on the safe path of careerism, trading favors, waiting for the death or indictment of an incumbent, and occupying a seat. Instead you took on the corrupt and seemingly impregnable Nassau County Republican machine, made many of the hard short run decisions – higher taxes, reduced services, tougher labor negotiations – required to begin turning the situation around for the long run. Thanks even more for taking on the disgrace our state government, once one of the best in the nation, has become. That was even harder, because it required that you not only call out the other side, but also your own side and its supporters. It made a lot of enemies, which has cost you. But from my point of view, they include many of the right enemies. And thanks for running for Governor. You offered your service. The voters decided to choose otherwise. So be it. That isn’t anything for Tom Suozzi to feel bad about.
I had been planning to post an argument that we should move New York’s Primary date but today’s New York Sun shows that Chris Owens, Yvette Clarke, Jonathan Tasini and of all people Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver beat me to it.
Silver, in fact, has co-sponsored a bill to move the Primary to the 3rd Thursday in June.
The argument in that because the media has, and presumably will continue to focus so much on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks and there is now such much pressure on candidates never to campaign on September 11th, turnout in the Primary is depressed.
On today's somewhat late Lunch ... Box ... host Adam Green on 9/11 campaigning, Brooklyn's 11th Congressional race, Noach Dear, election night parties; also, Andrew Cuomo, Mark Green, Ken Diamondstone, Marty Connor, Eliot Sptizer, KT McFarland, Jonathan Tasini, Yvette Clarke, David Yassky, John Spencer ... and more.