Betsy Gotbaum

  • News

    September 4, 2013

    Daniel Squadron Is The Loneliest Candidate

    He's running for public advocate (it's the race without a sex scandal)

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2009

    Election Day 2009: 6 Losers to Watch!

    It's Election Day and, this being New York, no surprises are expected. As Runnin' Scared has no influence to peddle, we can afford to be brutally honest about this. The Mayor's reelection is treated as a foregone conclusion and, down-ticket, the Democrats are expected to romp (except in Staten Islan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    De Blasio, Zablocki, Socialist Debate for Dozens

    ​No one else seems to be doing it, so let's see what 26-year-old Alex Zablocki (pictured) -- Tea Party person and Republican candidate for Public Advocate -- has been up to. He debated Democrat Bill de Blasio and Socialist Maura Deluca Monday, which didn't get much attention: In fact, Downtown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2009

    Bloomie's Batting Average Called Into Question by Thompson

    ​By Lucy Jordan and Grace Smith City Comptroller Bill Thompson yesterday released an audit criticizing the Department of Small Business Services for its lousy record of awarding contracts to businesses owned by women and minorities. At a press conference outside City Hall, Thompson said tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Primary Culler: Green Leads in Public Advocate Race, But Can He Dodge a Runoff?

    ​Mark Green was the first New York City public advocate -- a sort of Mayoral VP and public busybody -- and, after a two-term interregnum by Betsy Gotbaum, he looks good to become the third. But it's not such a sure thing as it once looked. When Green announced for the race he actually scared ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    Stung for His $1.5M, Thompson Wants Investigation of $1.5M (and More) Bloomberg Gave to Non-Profits

    Bill Thompson, the Democratic mayoral front-runner, needed to raise a quarter mil to qualify for federal matching funds at a six-to-one ratio. He didn't make it, says the New York City Campaign Finance Board. So he missed out on around $1.5 million. (His people are confident he'll qualify at the nex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Gotbaum Hits Cuts to Her Office As "Payback from Speaker Quinn"

    Because the Mayor talks about "belt tightening" and "sacrifice" when he cuts the budget, and you never hear from the civil servants who get those cuts in the neck, you might get the impression that they heroically and uncomplainingly shoulder their burden like good soldiers. Therefore it is both r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Manhattan D.A. Endorsements: McCall for Vance, Koch for Snyder

    In endorsements for the Manhattan D.A.'s race, as we noted before, it's been all about Richard Aborn. But the other candidates are starting to grab some big names, too. Cyrus Vance Jr. has just added former state comptroller and gubernatorial candidate Carl McCall to his roster, which includes David ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Free Burgers for Cabbies at Ben & Jack's Today

    We didn't know Taxi Appreciation Day was a Thing -- we never see cards for it at the Hallmark store -- but it apparently is celebrated yearly on various days in various jurisdictions. For example, the Mayor of Toronto declared one on June 9, 2003; Syracuse had one by mayoral proclamation last June 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Early D.A. Endorsements: Cops, Clubs, Pols, and Judge Judy

    At PolitickerNY, Azi Paybarah sees Manhattan D.A. candidate Richard Aborn pursuing an "Early-Endorsement Strategy." His office certainly sends out plenty such notices: in the past few weeks we've been alerted to his endorsements by the Broadway Democrats and the Gramercy Stuyvesant Independent Democ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2009

    Quick Hits

    Well, it is a nice shot, but $329,000 is a little over our standard freelance rate. Best of luck, Luis Caldera. Great medical PR headline of the day: "Overeating to blame for U.S. obesity epidemic." The face transplant lady still loves her husband, who shot her face off. Brownsville Recreation C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    President Obama came down on the credit card companies. They're still trying to hang the socialist and elitist raps on him, but they don't seem to be sticking. Mayor Bloomberg got mad as hell about the MTA fare hike -- but didn't bother to tell his friends in Albany. His "Puppets for Educational ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    DA Candidates Debate; Vance Has Gotbaum, Edge

    We're getting close enough to elections that local political clubs are sizing up candidates. We covered a VID club meet-and-grill earlier, at which Manhattan DA candidate Leslie Crocker Snyder defended her evolution on the death penalty. The subject came up again at last night's debate among the can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    Most Public Advocate Candidates Not Sweating Mark Green

    Mark Green is getting a surprisingly friendly reception to the Public Advocate's race. The current PA, Betsy Gotbaum, who will not compete in this year's race, responds, "It doesn't surprise me that the field of strong candidates for the Public Advocate's race continues to grow. I believe that is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Staten Island's Molinari to Sue Over Term Limits

    Everybody wants to get in on the act. First, lawsuits were announced against Bloomberg's term-limits overturn by a group of schoolteachers and by Councilmembers Tish James and Bill de Blasio; then Malcolm Smith said the State Senate would consider a bill requiring term limits be put to a referendum; ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    Stringer Won't Run for Advocate, Seeks Re-Election as Beep

    The Times reports Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has decided against a run for Public Advocate, which office Betsy Gotbaum will vacate next year, and content himself with another race for Beep. That leaves the PA field open for John Liu and Bill de Blasio, two prominent opponents of Bloo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2008

    Two Term-Limits Rebels Run for Gotbaum's Seat

    Betsy Gotbaum has announced that she won't run for reelection as Public Advocate, and Bill de Blasio has joined John Liu in the race to succeed her in 2009, says the Gowanus Lounge. It's noteworthy that both candidates were very staunch opponents of the Mayor's term limits overthrow: Liu called it " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008
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    September 25, 2008

    Willets Plan Approved But Opponents Hang In

    Despite yesterday's approval of the City Planning Commission, the Mayor, and the local community board, the plan to redevelop Willets Point retains significant opposition, and both the New York Sun and the New York Daily News report an ongoing struggle to defeat it. The Willets Point Industry and R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2008

    Bill Opening Workplaces to Bikes is a Lock, Says Sponsor

    It may seem like it's all Clinton Global Initiative here at Runnin' Scared, but we're also keenly interested in bicycles. Councilmember David Yassky says this time for sure he's going to get his "Bikes In Buildings" Bill passed in the City Council. The bill would require commercial property owners ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    Midday Mashup: Shooting, Stabbing, Suing, Etc.

    Mayor Bloomberg's lawsuits against out-of-state gun owners may have inspired East Villager Calvin Gibson, who was shot by a schizophrenic man at Avenue D and East 7th Street in July. Gibson blames Craigslist in part for enabling the sale of a gun to his assailant, and is suing the website for $10 mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007
  • News

    November 20, 2007

    Death Takes a Holiday

    On Thanksgiving eve, a community mourns alone for yet another victim of a police shooting

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007
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    October 5, 2007

    Phoenix Cops Release Gotbaum Airport Footage

    Phoenix police released this surveillance camera footage showing officers arresting Carol Gotbaum at Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport. Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum's son Noah frantically called the Phoenix police department after his wife was arrested and pleaded with authorities to treat his wife wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2007
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    October 1, 2007

    Mystery Surrounds Gotbaum Airport Death

    A bizarre and mysterious tragedy struck the family of Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum this weekend as her step daughter-in-law was found dead in a holding cell at a Phoenix airport. Carol Gotbaum, a 45-year-old mother of three was found unconscious, her handcuffed hands near her throat, in a holding ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2007

    Public Advocate Gotbaum Calls For Phoenix Death Probe

    Carol Gotbaum Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum called for an investigation Monday into her step daughter-in-law's mysterious death in a Phoenix airport holding cell on Friday and asked the Maricopa County medical examiner to delay an autopsy by 24 hours so the Gotbaum family can have someone present d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2007

    Tenants and Landlord Hit Pinnacle of a Dispute

    By Maria Luisa Tucker A long-running dispute between one of New York's biggest landlords and its tenants has reached a boiling point. The much-despised Pinnacle Group, which owns 420 apartment buildings throughout the city, has elicited a rising number of complaints over the past couple years. In M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2006

    Campaign Cash: '09 No Shows

    City Councilman Tony Avella made the papers this week by being the only person so far to file with the city Campaign Finance Board as a 2009 mayoral candidate. Of course, Avella's $10,805 isn't really the only mayoral money on the table: Possible contenders like Comptroller William Thompson ($519,0 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2005
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    September 7, 2005

    It's Raining Endorsements

    With six days to go, the time to choose sides in September 13 primary is running out, and campaigns are rattling off their new backers. The Communication Workers of America on Wednesday got behind Fernando Ferrer, the New York Observer and a group of Williamsburg rabbis said they want Gifford Miller ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2005

    Campaigns Get Clubbed

    In its latest batch of campaign finance filings, the Gifford Miller campaign disclosed a check for $5,000 to the Guy Brewer Democratic club for "petition office." Combined with an earlier $1,000 disbursement to the Wesley Democratic Club for "campaign workers," Miller appears to top all other candid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2005

    Joe Hynes & the Crash Family Cash

    Hynes cuts it up with Domestic Violence Commish Jimenez, Hizzoner the mayor, and Selma Hayek. (Credit: Brooklyn DA's office) Brooklyn District Attorney Joe Hynes may be the only candidate to have prosecuted a member of the wealthy Chehebar family, which owns a chain of clothing stores, but he's har ... More >>

  • News

    August 30, 2005

    Save This Office

    If Betsy Gotbaum wins another term, we may lose our only advocate

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2005

    Is Gotbaum Master of Her Domain?

    Public Advocate candidates dispute what's eminent and imminent in the Atlantic Yards deal What's worse, feigning ignorance or being ignorant? That is the question raised by the latest attack by public advocate candidates Andrew Rasiej and Norman Siegel on the woman they each want to unseat, incumbe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2005
  • Specials

    August 16, 2005
  • News

    August 2, 2005

    Finding Your Voice

    Candidates for Public Advocate clash over job description

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2005

    School's Out. Food's Where?

    Advocates want city schools to do more to get poor kids to eat free food When summer moves into its hazy days, the school year ends. But hunger doesn't. That's why there's a vacation companion to the standard school meals system, called the Summer Meals program. Last year more than 130,000 New York ... More >>

  • Music

    November 23, 2004

    Law and Order

    Will a constitutional challenge finally end the cabaret law?

  • Specials

    July 20, 2004
  • News

    March 23, 2004

    The Puppet Chancellor

    Joel Klein claimed that the axed 'social promotion' dissenters resigned. This was a lie.

  • News

    October 28, 2003

    Vote Yes for Nonpartisan Elections

    Bloomberg's Proposal Is Better Than Our Sham System

  • News

    September 9, 2003

    For the Children—Klein Should Resign

    Where Was the UFT? And the Principals’ Union?

  • News

    December 10, 2002

    Merit Mike Makes Hard Choices

    Bloomy Champions Services, Rejects No-Tax-Hike Orthodoxy

  • News

    October 2, 2001

    Who’ll Advocate for the Public?

    A Dramatic Contrast in Candidates

  • News

    August 28, 2001

    Landlords Vote With Bucks

    Where the Real Estate Dollars Are Going

  • News

    August 14, 2001

    Imagining the Public Advocate

    Five Visions for a Young Office

  • Specials

    April 24, 2001
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