David Weprin

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2014

    Barrons: Discretionary Funding Is A Tale of Two City Councils

    This week's feature story profiles Charles Barron, the polarizing politician from East New York. He was the 42nd District city councilman for 12 years, before getting termed-out at the end of 2013. His wife, Inez Barron, vacated her state Assembly seat after winning the election for Charles's seat, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Former Exec VP Joe Lhota Has Deep Ties to Madison Square Garden's 30-Year Tax Break

    In between his roles as Giuliani's "Rat Czar" and the MTA's chairman, mayoral candidate and Republican frontrunner Joe Lhota spent his days at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza. For five years, he was an executive vice president of Cablevision; then, in 2010, he was named the chief administrative officer at Madi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Grace Meng Raises $300,000 for Congressional Race; Says it Will Be a Historic Campaign

    Queens Assemblywoman Grace Meng, who would be New York's first Asian-American member of Congress, has raised $300,000 in ten days. Obviously, she's thrilled. "We are definitely excited. I think this is going to be a historical campaign that people all throughout New York and the country are lookin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    David Weprin: First Political Victim of Same-Sex Marriage Backlash?

    ​When we last saw Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, he was bawling tears in the Capitol in Albany, dismayed that the Senate had just passed the Marriage Equality Act. Judging from the above tweet, Brown has something to be quite gleeful about tonight: their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Ruben Diaz, Sr.: "I Praise the Lord" for Ability to Support Republican Bob Turner in NY -9

    C.S. Muncy​"Senator Reverend" Ruben Diaz, Sr., the sole Democratic Senator to vote against the Marriage Equality Act, has just announced that he's supporting Republican Bob Turner in tomorrow's special election in NY-9, which will fill the seat vacated by Anthony Weiner. Gee, we wonder...wha ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 24, 2011

    Koch v. Obama

    Upset at the president's Israel stance, ex-mayor wades into congressional race

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Bob Turner To Claim Liberal Party Endorsement, Worth To Be Determined

    ​The once-potent Liberal Party, which lost its ballot line in 2002, has decided to back Republican Bob Turner in the tightening race to replace Anthony Weiner in the 9th Congressional District, former party chairman Henry Stern told the Voice today. Stern, the former parks commissioner, is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Bob Turner, Congressional Candidate: No Palestinian Chicken Next to Goldblatt's Deli?

    One good nontroversy deserves another. Now that Anthony Weiner has abandoned his post representing New York's 9th Congressional District over rather silly reasons, and will soon be replaced by Democrat David Weprin or Republican Bob Turner, it seems fitting that the special election is being framed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Chris Quinn and the Slow Motion Return of the Slush Fund Scandal

    ​The latest round of two-years-out mayoral polls shouldn't be taken too seriously: They mostly track name recognition (so there's no need to lose sleep fretting about Mayor Markowitz), and in any case the preferences of the city at large don't have much to do with those of Democratic primary v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    David Weprin Chosen by Democrats to Run For Anthony Weiner's Seat in Congress

    ​Congressman Anthony Weiner's resignation from the U.S. House of Representatives for his sexting lies led to a local flurry of speculation about a successor, who will be picked in a special election on September 13. Today, the Queens Democratic County Organization selected Assemblyman David We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Anthony Weiner Wants to Help Choose His Successor

    ​When he's not shopping or practicing being a husband, Anthony Weiner is making calls about his old job as a Democratic congressman in New York City's 9th district, which he left after lying about his affinity for dirty messages. The New York Post reports that Weiner has been in touch with Que ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    David Weprin Wins Special Election; Others Held; Hiram Monserrate's Seat Up March 16

    ​In that special assembly election in Queens we almost missed, former city councilmember David Weprin took the seat held by his brother and his daddy before him, 62 percent of the vote versus Bob Friedrich's 38 percent. Weprin's faces an election-election in November. And look, there were ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    David Weprin vs. Bob Friedrich: Oh, Right, Special Election in Queens Today

    ​We almost forgot: there's a special election in the 24th Assembly District in Queens today. Heavily favored is David Weprin, the former councilmember who ran for the Democratic nomination for comptroller last year; this assembly seat was his brother Mark's before he took over Donald's seat o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Primary Culler: Comptroller's Race Fluid, But Liu Grabs a Lead

    ​The city comptroller race is tight: the lead's been changing a lot, and a poll earlier this month showed Melinda Katz, David Yassky and John Liu covering a five-point spread. The most recent survey shows Liu grabbing a huge lead. David Weprin trails, but even after substantial coverage and $1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2009

    Katz Takes Lead in Comptroller's Race

    We told you it was a bad idea to underestimate Melinda Katz. The latest WABC poll shows that she has taken the lead in the city comptroller's race over nearest competitor John Liu, 27 percent to 21 percent. And this time she's ahead of "Undecided," too. David Yassky, despite the Times' endorsement, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2009

    On the Stump: Citywide Candidates' Latest Doings

    ​Damn, August already -- and we haven't paid our rent or looked at the local candidates much besides the mayoral prospects. Here's a fast look at what contenders for three big spots have been up to lately: Manhattan D.A.: Richard Aborn appeared with former NYPD Commissioner and current LAPD C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Pols Stand With Sikhs Against MTA's Forced Branding of Turbans

    On Tuesday several city councilmembers signed a letter of protest against an MTA policy that requires Sikh workers to have the MTA logo sewn into their turbans. In 2005 the council filed but never enacted a bill that would prevent city agencies from making employees "comply with a uniform code tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    City Money Made EZ: Yassky Web Site Offers Answers

    Here's an early and useful dividend from the four-way race for the Democratic nomination for city comptroller: Candidate David Yassky, the Brooklyn city councilman who's been eager for an electoral promotion for several years now, today released his own Web site of city budget info. Yassky calls his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2009

    Hats In The Ring: Vance for D.A., Liu for Comptroller

    A couple of candidates for local office are stepping up this week: Cyrus Vance Jr. -- aka Cy Vance -- is announcing for Manhattan D.A. at City Hall as we write. He is expected to face Dan Castleman and Lesley Crocker Snyder, who starts the battle early by telling the Post, "While I was in New York ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 29, 2008

    Bloomberg's Term-Limits Coup: Heroes, Villains, and Wimps

    Brutal brawling in the first throwdown of the 2009 elections

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Liveblogging the Term Limits Vote Part II (Referendumania! Amendment Defeated)

    2:30: They're getting through the preliminary business fast. Well, at least we get to see what a vote on a land use motion looks like. Everyone votes aye except one joker who says, "No -- I'm just kidding, I'm practicing for later." Joel Rivera follows, saying, "I'm practicing for later -- yes!" 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Pol Calls Mayor "Drunk," Thompson Enlists Churches in Term Limits War

    Here's a contender for the quote of the day in the Great Term Limits War as it raged this afternoon outside City Hall: "Power is intoxicating, and he's drunk on it. It's time to get him to AA." That was Brooklyn state senator Eric Adams speaking of his Honor, the Mayor, during a press conference w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Morning Papers: Rich Guy Gets Cold Feet on Term Limits, NYers Expatriate for Money, Etc.

    There's no pleasing him: The New York Times reports that Ron Lauder, whose reversal on term limits helped pave the way for Bloomberg's third-term bid, worries that the City Council's planned overturn of term limits will be permanent, not the one-time shot he had endorsed to keep Bloomberg in office, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2008

    Manhattan DA: Sub-prime Double Standard is 'Un-American'

    A sign of the times: even Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has been caught up in the sub-prime mortgage crisis. During a press conference to announce a City Council resolution calling for changes in US bankruptcy law, the longtime DA said that his mortgage has been recently sold to Cou ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2008

    Congestion Pricing Questions

    Who's skeptical about the mayor's traffic plan? The companies bidding to run it.

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007
  • News

    October 2, 2007

    Lee Bollinger's Triumph

    Will President Ahmadinejad invite President Bollinger to speak in Tehran?

  • News

    December 26, 2006

    Kick Out the Jams

    Will a toll booth at the corner of 60th and Fifth solve midtown's traffic nightmare?

  • 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

    July 18, 2006

    Pricing the Pols: How Much for a Beep?

    It's likely that New York City might someday have a mayor who can't afford to turn down the $195,000 annual salary that municipal law awards for the job, which Mayor Bloomberg performs for only a dollar a year. Mayor Mike is clearly under-compensated. The question is: Would his full-salaried success ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2005

    Transit Countdown

    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 >>

  • News

    November 22, 2005

    Council Orgy

    Erasing term limits and contribution caps amid a speaker battle

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2005

    Friendly Fencing From Speaker Seekers

    Dubbing the system "flawed" and "a great failure of a great idea," the seven city council members competing for speaker berated the Campaign Finance Board system at a public debate last night, citing a lack of oversight and failure to "level the playing field." "The big loser last Tuesday wasn't Fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2005

    Speaker Squeaker

    Who will replace Giff Miller as speaker? David Weprin seems close . . . in this picture (City Council). Perception equals reality, at least in the behind-the-scenes race for City Council speaker. Since council members want to angle for all the goodies they can get for themselves and their districts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2005

    Council Races: Big Bucks for a Lonely Fight

    Barely a fortnight before the September 13th primary, things are looking pretty good for City Councilmember David Weprin of Queens. The son of a late New York State Assembly speaker and chair of the powerful Council Finance Committee has the Working Families Party endorsement, has raised more than $ ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2005

    The Hucksters

    The people who tried to sell you the world's most expensive stadium

  • News

    November 11, 2003

    Timothy's Cause

    A Dad's Crusade for Better Mental-Health Care

  • News

    April 1, 2003

    Bush's Voice of America

    Pro-War Media Conglomerate Tries to Take Over New York

  • News

    March 25, 2003

    New York's Bush League Democrats

    From Hillary on Down, Pro-War Pols Expect to Pay No Price

  • News

    July 30, 2002

    Bloomy's Bogus Budget

    The Mayor Gets Raves for Phony Fiscal Planning

  • News

    April 9, 2002

    Getting the Lead Out

    Will the City Council Finally Protect Kids From Toxic Paint?

  • News

    November 20, 2001

    To Play the King

    Brooklyn's Chance to Anoint the Next Council Speaker Is Slipping Through the Fault Lines

  • News

    October 2, 2001

    Still Counting

    The Big Term-Limits Primary Offers Some Surprises

  • News

    January 9, 2001

    2001: An Election Odyssey

    Races All Over the City Promise a ‘Mad, Mad’ Year