Machine pols and reformers alike are ensnared
On Sunday afternoon, seven mayoral hopefuls gathered for a forum co-hosted by the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY) and the Islamic Center at New York University. Community organizers hailed it as an historic moment. Nearly three weeks after the Boston bombings--and in the heat of the de ... More >>
Several of New York City's mayoral hopefuls released their tax returns or reported their 2012 income this week to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. Below is a quick breakdown of what the candidates made in 2012 by sector, though the figures for Sal Albanese, Anthony Weiner (who hasn't form ... More >>
Looks like we have another candidate to keep in mind come November. The New York Observer's Colin Campbell reports that multiple sources have told the publication that Comptroller John Liu will announce his bid for City Hall this Sunday. Like with Christine Quinn's official video released a few day ... More >>
A few weeks ago, Bob Scarmadella, the borough's GOP chairman and Lhota supporter, stepped down from his position. By doing so, this has raised the possibility for third party candidate Aldolfo Carrion's entry onto the Republican ballot. And then the Borough President endorsed Christine Quinn for May ... More >>
Perhaps MTA Chairman Joe Lhota is looking for the old "fare-hike bump." The MTA voted to accept Lhota's fare-hike proposal this morning, and Lhota announced his resignation as chairman -- generating speculation that he will run for the Republican nomination in the 2013 New York City mayoral race. ... More >>
Poor dead George Steinbrenner doesn't even have a grave to spin in yet, and already he's being raked over the coals for his past sins. First came Jim Dwyer's recounting of The Boss's legacy of egotism and abuse in today's Times, which recalls how Steinbrenner shook hands with Ed Koch on a l ... More >>
The city's campaign finance laws and matching fund program allow the public to see into a candidate's war chest as if it were made of glass. But as the unfolding story of the blurred line between the non-profit Working Families Party and the for-profit Data and Fields Services shows, those me ... More >>
Atlantic Development Group, the politically tied builder whose Soho offfices were the target of yesterday's raid by city and state investigators, came in for some tough talk last month from residents of a Bronx building who complained about no-heat and poor maintenance in a newly constructed complex ... More >>
Expectedly, Assemblyman Ruben Diaz Jr. won the special election for Bronx Borough President last night. What, you didn't hear? Even though it's a powerful office -- outgoing Bronx Beep and account padder Adolfo Carrion has risen to serve in the Obama Administration -- no one cares because everyone c ... More >>
photo (cc) Shelley Panzarella The long wait in the Bronx may be close to an ending: A WCBS radio news helicopter flew over Yankee Stadium (the real one) yesterday and snapped photos of the outfield turf starting to be peeled off and removed. Will an actual wrecking ball be soon to follow? If so, i ... More >>
As regular readers will have noticed, we are a little slow on the uptake sometimes, and didn't realize before now that new Bronx Beep Earl Brown (who replaced Adolfo Carrion, gone to join the Obama Administration) is actually a resident of Brooklyn, specifically Prospect Heights, the neighborhood th ... More >>
As you may have heard, Adolfo Carrion has been appointed by the Obama Administration to head the White House Office of Urban Affairs, which will leave the Bronx borough presidency vacant. Bronx pols are already scrambling for the seat. Our own John DeSio approached one of our most telegenic state se ... More >>
If yesterday's state assembly hearing on stadium funding focused on the big guns, today was for the hoi polloi. The city Industrial Development Agency is required to hold a public hearing before voting on new projects - in this case, $342 million in new tax-free bonds for the Yankees and Mets - so s ... More >>
By Julie Bolcer Politicians on the rise invariably need to renegotiate their relationships with core constituencies as they try to broaden their electoral appeal. In the midst of these courtships of new voters, the awkward routines of complicated footwork and sidestepping among long-term supporters ... More >>
Think you've got it tough? Try being queer in the Bronx.
Circling the bases: Documents reveal city paid the team's lobbyists and execsfor lobbying city and state officials
Yanks and Mets plans leave little room for public debate
All the holiday buntings, Christmas wreaths, and ringing Santa Claus bells up and down East 42nd Street this evening weren't enough to cheer up the grim negotiators who are trying to work out a new contract for 34,000 transit workers tonight. At 4 P.M. Thursday - with just eight hours to go until th ... More >>
The ethnic dimensions of Ferrer's 'defeat'
Freddy Ferrer and Al Sharpton went shopping Tuesday, leading a throng of onlookers into a Pathmark supermarket in the heart of Harlem, taking questions from the press and greeting shoppers and employees in the produce section. When someone suggested to Sharpton that he run for president in 2008, he ... More >>
Kerry blew it with Latino voters. Senator Clinton is determined not to.
Wild pitch: Why does George Steinbrenner want to tear down the house that Ruth built?
Bloomberg's deals blasted
Political ties won big government loans, but a Bronx plant still goes belly up
Making the Case for a United Latino Front
With a Budget That Will Define Him, Mayor Mike Pushes Pataki, Unions
The Big Term-Limits Primary Offers Some Surprises
Public Advocate Is the Best Choice
Inside the Civil Rights Power Struggle
Plots thicken as gardens head for auction block