Miguel Martinez

  • 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 >>

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    December 11, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​Kennedy Airport. Twitpic via sawyerlex. War on Christmas season swung into full effect. In a holiday spirit, the Staten Island D.A. tried shame on shoplifters. A GOP Congressman moved to read a pro-Christmas resolution into the House record. Andrea Peyser denounced the godless Bloomingdales ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Facing Prison, Miguel Martinez Is Very Sorry. But It's Not All His Fault.

    ​Ex-city councilman Miguel Martinez has written a wrenching and apologetic letter to government probation officials saying that he cried himself to sleep the night after he pleaded guilty last July to pocketing some $106,000. "How and why I threw away such a fulfilling job is as unbelievable t ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    The Many Scams of Angel-Eyes Martinez

    And he seemed like such a sweet lad. Miguel Martinez, 39, sat in the front row of the City Council these last few years saying little and bearing the look of the angelic. Alas, it wasn't so. As he admitted today, what was really running through Martinez's mind was not the pressing problems of h ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Councilmember Martinez Resigns in Slush-Fund Scandal

    The city council's slush fund -- money earmarked for no purpose but the discretionary use of its members -- has gone largely under the radar since its discovery last year, and its desultory investigation has had many targets. Now councilmember Miguel Martinez has resigned over it. Liz Benjamin repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    D.A. Candidate Aborn is Seven Up

    Seven additional Manhattan elected officials declared themselves this morning for Richard Aborn, the anti-gun advocate whose dark-horse campaign to succeed Robert Morgenthau as District Attorney is picking up momentum. The added backers brings Aborn's political endorsements to 14, by his count. So f ... 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

    October 23, 2008

    Liveblogging the Term Limits Vote Part III -- (UPDATE: Bill Passes)

    Barron continues: "Years ago 76 percent of this council was white," and after term limits it was 50 percent, which shows that term limits works. Another guy (sorry) says his constituents want potholes fixed, term limits is "the last thing on their minds." Vincent Gentile regrets that there hadn't be ... More >>

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    June 15, 2006
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    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • 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

    June 13, 2005

    Mayoral Runners Make Ethnic Appeals

    Who speaks for New York City's 2.1 million Latinos? That's subject to a debate in the mayoral race, one that's played out over the past few days on the steps of City Hall and up Fifth Avenue. On Saturday, Manhattan Borough President Virginia Fields took to the steps of City Hall to unveil "Latinos ... More >>

  • News

    September 2, 2003

    A Paucity of Choices

    Few Challengers, and Fewer Issues, in Council Races

  • NYC Life

    October 15, 2002
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    March 12, 2002

    Uptown Shuffle

    Buildings Crumble, Owners Dance

  • News

    April 25, 2000

    Turf Battles

    Washington Heights Politicos Square Off Over 2001 Council Bid