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Before I start, why does the Topic pull down on Room8 have "Brooklyn" but not "Bronx?" Seems like a big oversight. Now on to the diary...
To me one of the top races this year is the primary challenge to one of the number one most dysfunctional people in Albany now that Hiram Monserrate has been ousted: corrupt and reactionary Bronx hack Pedro Espada, jr. Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter has stepped up to the plate to try and get rid of Espada. Already Desiree Hunter has gotten the endorsements of Democracy for NYC, Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union, and Stonewall Democrats.
Since my post on CBID endorsements got SO much attention, I thought it a good idea to post some of the challenges to incumbents I am supporting this year. Many were chastizing me for being too focused on incumbents. Happens that CBID was mostly endorsing incumbents I consider good folks and have no qualms about supporting. But I certainly do support challenges to incumbents, both in primaries and in the general election, in some cases. I want to start with a challenge to obstructionist Republican Marty Golden in Brooklyn.
Scuttlebut has it that Diaz, Sr's state senate seat will be contested this fall. Unclear is whether the challenge will be in a Democratic primary or through a third party bid, or perhaps both. Also unclear is who the challenger(s) will be.
Now that the state Senate has calmed, what can be done to prevent another stalemate from shaking Albany? Our David King finds out.
David King reports:
State Senate Democrats may not have passed a lot of legislation but they have handed out millions of dollars to pet projects in their home districts. We look at who got what. David King reports: http://www.gothamgazette.com/article/Albany/20090727/204/2973
Last night (after the gridlock was broken) the NYS Senate voted to raise the NYC Sales tax by .5%, an almost 6% increase to the new rate of 8.875%.
The vote was 43 to 19 with many Republicans crossing the aisle to vote with the Democrats to raise the sales tax.
Sen. Ruben Diaz apparently got up on the Senate floor and beg the Republicans for almost an hour to join with him to defeat the tax hike. Democrats Sen.. Hiram Monerrate and Kevin Parker also voted against the tax hike.
So this was a bill the Republicans easily could have killed.
In my opinion this was a HUGE missed opportunity for them. After a month of chaos the 1st thing Republicans in the Senate do when the leadership is settled is join with the Democrats to raise taxes.
We at Common Cause/NY are fed up with the mess in Albany, so we’ve launched a campaign to tell our state senators to get back to work and Stick With It!
Nearly one thousand New Yorkers have already joined our campaign to send a message to their senators. We will be delivering these messages from outraged New Yorkers across the state in a way our senators won't forget: we’ll deliver a glue stick for each New Yorker who signs up, urging our senators to Stick With It!
At 12:01 this morning, the law that enshrined mayoral control of New York City’s public schools formally sunset, as the New York State Senate remained paralyzed by crisis. The old Board of Education was automatically resurrected, as were 32 community school boards, whose members are to be elected.
Whether or not this will stand, or if the State Senate will come back to order and re-issue some form of mayor control remains to be seen. However, what we’ve seen so far is not good: Bloomberg is making sure to keep himself and his corporate-world school’s chancellor, Joel Klein, firmly in control, with as little in the way of checks and balances as possible.
If every transparency effort is like a window pane, and you begin to layer them one on top of the other, how long until the process becomes too opaque … until the desired transparency gives way to fog?
Essentially, this is the question I posed in a letter to the Governor on state stimulus funding. Right now there is a whole menu of programs at various agencies and various levels of government. Just take a look at the online resources:
We have the Mayor’s Stimulus Tracker in New York City.
Community advocate and Hope and Change candidate, attorney at law Albert Baldeo, who is on the Democratic primary ballot for the 15th State Senatorial district for the primary to be held on September 9, 2008, has secured the prestigious endorsement of the 504 Democratic Club.The 504 Democratic Club, a five-borough organization that focuses on disability rights, voted to endorse Baldeo over his opponents, Councilman Joe Addabbo and Republican State Senator Serph Maltese. The 504 Democratic Club is a New York City-based coalition of Democrats working towards inclusion of people with disabilities in the political and social fabric of society. Club members hail from all five boroughs, reaching across every conceivable line to include a richly diverse group of people with disabilities, public officials, friends and family who support the concepts set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Club celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2003.Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates that all federally funded programs must be accessible to people with disabilities. It is the precursor of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “I was the Democratic nominee in 2006, and I am honored by their endorsement. My candidacy will give voters a chance once again to open the political process, continue the agenda that resonated so well with them since the last elections, and bring much needed change and resources to our communities. Voters have consistently demonstrated their preference for my candidacy, which is based on bringing improvements and progress to our entire district, and are fed up with recycled politicians, special interests and lobbyists”, said Baldeo. “I look forward to winning in November and bringing a Democratic majority to the State Senate, a mission we started years ago, when few thought it was possible. We are on a roll to win a historic victory for change”, proclaimed Baldeo. Baldeo came within 700 votes, or 1% of defeating the incumbent, Republican State Senator Serph Maltese, who has held the seat since 1988. After Baldeo’s groundbreaking effort, Maltese resigned his position as the Republican County chair to focus on preserving his tenuous seat.
I came across this blog which was revealing. Food for thought!
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE ALBERT BALDEO TO PETITION FOR & SEEK ADDITIONAL 3RD PARTY LINES IN 08 GENERAL ELECTIONS
The Baldeo for Senate Committee is pleased to announce that at a meeting of members and supporters held on Friday, November 2, 2007, the decision was made to file a third party nominating petition in addition to the Democratic Party designating petition on behalf of Albert Baldeo for the 15th State Senate district in 2008. Additionally, the Baldeo campaign has been encouraged by, and will continue to seek the nomination of the Working Families Party, the Independence Party and other third party lines for the General Election.
And we're off.
Election Day is underway and people are voting in the race for an open New York State Senate seat from Long Island.
Follow the election results tonight at the Nassau County Board of Elections.
This is an open thread. What are you hearing about the race?
What's Super Bowl Sunday like for a candidate with an election in 2 days? For Craig Johnson (D-WFP), running in the Feb 6 special election for an open NY State Senate seat means you find a way to keep campaigning all day long.Starting this morning, Johnson launched the "Moving New York Forward - 33 Stops in 33 Hours" tour. He's campaigning in every one of the 33 villages in the Seventh District from this morning until the election starts, hitting morning bagel stops and popular lunch hour spots and attending religious services and Super Bowl parties.
Governor Eliot Spitzer and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer will campaign with Craig Johnson at different stops during the day. Here's the Johnson campaign's Sunday Schedule: