Joseph Addabbo

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    January 14, 2013

    Sick of Delay, Rockaways Residents Invite Politicians to Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

    The weather was cold, damp and raw in the Rockaways on Saturday morning, as more than a hundred residents gathered on the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 112th Street, anxious to start marching. But there was a hitch. "113th Street, 114th Street, 115th Street, 116th Street, the police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Carl Kruger, Two Other Dems Now Reportedly Support Gay Marriage

    Three more votes have reportedly been secured for gay marriage legislation working its way through the New York Senate, including Brooklyn Democrat Carl Kruger, who was formerly staunchly anti-gay but was recently outed. Three Democratic senators who voted "no" last time — Joseph Addabbo Jr. ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011

    Finally, a List of Who You Have to Blow in the New York State Senate to Get Gay Marriage

    Paul Schindler of Gay City News has put together a great scorecard of how everyone stands on gay marriage in the state Senate, which is where the issue will be decided. Senator Tom Duane's bill needs 32 votes. Currently, 26 Democrats and zero Republicans publicly support it. Those Log Cabin Republ ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2011

    NYC's Computer-System Cash-Dump Disaster

    New York City threw away a mountain of cash over a new computer system. Now, finally, someone is going to pay.

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    State Senate Votes Down Gay Marriage Bill, 38-24

    ​The New York Senate voted down the Marriage Equality Bill, on a roll call vote of 24 to 38. The vote was taken after two hours of debate, ending with an impassioned plea by Senator Duane, during which time sniffling and crying could clearly be heard in the Senate gallery. The roll call vot ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    This Is, Apparently, Who We Have To Blow

    ​ ...or rather, blow away, in the next election. Ladies and gentlemen, the 'No' votes...

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    November 4, 2009

    Ulrich Turns Seven Months of Incumbency to His Advantage

    By Amanda Sakuma ​City Council member Eric Ulrich of Queens' 32nd district proved he's no longer "just a kid," reclaiming not only his seat in yesterday's election, but also his title as the council's youngest member. The 24-year-old Republican won even though 60 percent of registered voters ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    $85 Million in Albany Member Items Disbursed for Parrot Adoption, Self-Esteem, Etc.

    The state senate laid out its new member items, and it's hilarious or grim reading depending on whether you read it as a student of human nature, or as a taxpayer. Jimmy Vielkind has the list. The $85 million feedbag of discretionary items for senators' constituents includes $2 million for Pedro Es ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Mitchell-Rose Special Election Recount Goes Very Slowly

    Shoot. We were all excited because today is recount day in the February 24 special election to replace new congressman Michael McMahon on the city council, in which Debi Rose and Kenneth Mitchell were thisclose. It's like opening up a fresh box of brand new democracy! But now the Advance tells us th ... More >>

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    February 25, 2009

    Special Election Near-Tied, Goes Into Overtime (Updated)

    We told you your vote could make a difference: in one of three special elections held last night to fill vacated city council seats, Debi Rose (pictured) at this writing trails Kenneth Mitchell by just 34 votes -- 4,130 votes to 4,096 -- in the Brooklyn/Staten Island 39th CD race to replace state se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    Special Elections, Paper Ballots Today

    Today's Brooklyn/Staten Island special city council election, to fill the vacated seat of Michael McMahon, has two late changes: first, the addition of John Tabacco to the ballot, as his candidacy was finally reinstated yesterday; and second, no voting machines -- they couldn't be altered in time to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Special Elections Tomorrow; Endorsements Roll In

    It's off-season politically, but tomorrow's special elections and the recent appointment of the Bronx borough president to the Obama Administration have stirred some endorsement activity. Debi Rose (pictured), who stands for Michael McMahon's vacated Brooklyn/Staten Island city council seat in tom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    Quick Hits

    The annual Valentine's Day mass wedding takes place tomorrow at the top of the Empire State Building. This year the event includes its first same-sex couple. Charles G. Hogg, the groundhog who bit Mayor Bloomberg on Groundhog Day, is appearing at the Staten Island Zoo this weekend, in ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2009

    Candidates Removed, Endorsed in 3 Council Races

    The field competing for Michael McMahon's old city council seat, which he left to go to Congress, has grown smaller. Petition challenges have knocked off Thomas Curitore, Anthony Cosentino, and Rajiv Gowda, reports the Staten Island Advance. The board of elections will rule on John Tabacco's petitio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Habemus Corruptio! Senates Dems' Deal Settled

    We know we've said this before, but it looks as if, on the morning of the actual vote, the Democrats of the state senate have pulled together a deal that will get everyone, including the rebellious Gang of Three, on board for Malcolm Smith to be elected to majority leader. The New York Times break ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Council Contender's Campaign Truck Kills Boy, 9

    Friday we told you there were two Republicans running in the special election to fill the city council seat vacated by state senator Joe Addabbo. (The Democrats contending for the seat are Lew Simon, Frank Gulluscio, Geraldine Chapey, and Glenn DiResto.) This was mainly relevant because Addabbo's Q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Still More Elections Coming Soon

    We're not done with electoral politics yet. The last round of elections left a couple of positions vacant, and special elections are pending (uncalled yet, but expected in February). When Michael McMahon was elected to Congress, he left his city council seat open, and seven candidates -- -- or i ... More >>

  • News

    November 26, 2008

    City Jails Chief Gets Off With Only a Few Sentences

    Council members barely question Martin Horn on the deadly teen jail at Rikers

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    Downticket: Mixed Results, But Loony Refs Are Fading

    Our local results are starting to come in. Looks like Councilman Anthony Como, a Republican who voted to keep term limits, may be getting them for himself. As usual, the Assembly and State Senate races are showing a lot of 90-percent-plus victories. Joe Addabbo just beat Serphin Maltese in an almost ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2008

    Council Term Limits Breakdown: The "I Don't Knows" Have It

    The Times has a fun and educational interactive map that shows where city councilmembers come down on term limits. Especially fun is the map widget that reveals only the districts where members are due to term-limit out if the new legislation is not passed; we note that several of these members ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Protest, Bloggers Keep Heat on Willets Point Plan

    NY Metro reports a City Hall protest of the Willets Point redevelopment plan yesterday at which attendees "banged pots and pans." Brad Lander of the Pratt Center for Community Development told Metro the plan "seems to be killing 1,500 non-Wall Street jobs for an outdated vanity project that’s not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2008

    Primary: Silver Stays, Connor Out, Espada Beats Gonzalez, More

    Major endorsements, rape stories, and the alleged machinations of "Roy Odroso" couldn't put Paul Newell over the top. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver held the Democratic nomination in the 64th District with 68 percent of Tuesday's primary vote versus Newell's 23 and Luke Henry's 9. Other challenger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2008

    Weekend Peek-In: Pre-Primary Report (Updated)

    Kevin Powell, whose challenge for Ed Towns' Congressional seat is covered in the current Voice, unveiled a lengthy policy statement on Friday. It proposes legislation that would give high school students "paid internships that will earn them college credits and income," reduce the impact of negative ... More >>

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    August 28, 2008

    NYC RFD: Tragedies, Politics, Yankees

    Yesterday armed robbers killed El-Hajj Kareem Shabazz in the video store he owned in Brownsville, reports the New York Daily News. Friends and relatives recall him as generous to all, including underfunded customers. "The really stupid thing," said Shabazz' imam, Umar Jordan, "is... if these people ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2008

    Addabbo Gets a Boost, Still Lags in Funds

    Queens election-watcher David M. Quintana reports that Joseph Addabbo got the endorsement of the DC 37 Retirees (membership > 50,000) for the 15th District State Senate seat. He doesn't need it for the primary -- his only opponent for the nomination, Albert Baldeo, who almost won this seat in 2006, ... More >>

  • News

    November 7, 2006

    Serph's Up

    Friendly Democrats forget muscle, fumble state senate again

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    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

    March 30, 2004

    East Flatbush Dustup

    Asbestos-Infested School is Exhibit A in Maintenance Battle Between Union and Educrats

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    June 24, 2003
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    September 3, 2002
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    January 9, 2001

    2001: An Election Odyssey

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