Oliver Koppell

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Assembly Member Micah Kellner: 'Taxi of Tomorrow' Is the 'Cathie Black' of Cabs (UPDATE)

    New York's Taxi of Tomorrow, said to be a big step up from the Crown Vic fleet circulating the city, might be so yesterday. That's because embattled mayoral candidate/ Comptroller John Liu, who has become very vocal on a variety of issues as his campaign progresses, will not ink the agreement unle ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    Council Members Ask Mayor To Include City College, Columbia in Engineering Plan

    In December, Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced his plans to partner with Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to build a two-million-square-foot applied science and engineering campus on Roosevelt Island. The new campus is part of Bloomberg's Applied Sciences NYC initiative ... More >>

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    June 22, 2011

    Drivers and Politicians Lobby Senate to Pass Livery Cab Bill

    Esther Zuckerman​A collation that included City Council members, yellow cab taxi drivers and the president of Livery Base Owners gathered on the steps of City Hall this afternoon to ask the State Senate to pass a bill that allows livery cab drivers to make pick-ups in the outer boroughs and th ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    Tyson Foods Founder Dead; More Food Recalls

    ​Donald J. Tyson, who built his father's chicken farm into Tyson Foods, died yesterday at the age of 80 from complications from cancer. [NY Times] Councilman Oliver Koppell has proposed that the city institute letter grades for supermarkets. [NY Post] More than 100 people have been sickene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    Eric Schneiderman and the Bogus Issue of AG "Independence"

    ​In the only hotly contested statewide primary race, the buzzword is "independence." The theory, propagated by those unlikely to get Andrew Cuomo's support to replace him as attorney general, is that an endorsement from the probable next governor would compromise a law enforcement official wh ... More >>

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    August 26, 2009

    Pol's Challenge Could Mean Trouble for "1st Non-Profit Election Consulting Firm"

    ​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 >>

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    August 7, 2009

    How Did This Labor-Friendly Councilman Lose the SEIU 1199 Endorsement?

    ​When SEIU 1199 rolled out their endorsements last week, they noticeably turned their backs on a handful of City Hall incumbents seeking a third term. To Bronx Councilman G. Oliver Koppell, who saw the health care workers' union endorsement slip away to challenger Tony Perez Cassino, their cho ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    ​ Twitpic by ethanvk. Well, our week was awful, but apparently we were in good company. Mayor Bloomberg came up with a wide-ranging, expensive transit plan including crosstown buses that would move slower than ever. He slapped back Bill Thompson's schools charges -- not convincingly to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    Council to Consider Mandatory "Bandit Barriers" for Banks

    In response to the increased number of bank robberies around these parts -- "jumping as much as 57% in the last year by some accounts," says the release -- councilmember Oliver Koppell will introduce legislation requiring banks to install bullet-proof "bandit barriers" that "meet a heightened standa ... More >>

  • 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 23, 2008

    Angry Crowd, Bloggers Yell at Bloomberg Over Term Limits

    Bloomberg left City Hall after the term limits vote and, as you will see, some of the citizens thereabouts were displeased with him. It was worse on the blogs. "Nobody panic," says the Time Out New York blog. "Until the city passes a law obliterating the democratic process, we all still have the ri ... More >>

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    February 28, 2008
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    November 8, 2007
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    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

    May 25, 2006

    Commish, Mayor Warned: 'Blood on Their Hands'

    Scoppetta cheering on the FDNY gridiron team in 2002. This photo clearly calls for a sports metaphor, so…Woodlawn residents are hoping to block the commissioner's blitz on Ladder 39. (FDNY) The crowd of well-dressed, mostly elderly citizens probably looked harmless to Fire Commissioner Nichola ... More >>

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    September 14, 2005

    Council Cliffhanger

    The mayoral primary wasn't the only race that went down to the wire yesterday: A mere 16 votes separate the top two finishers in the fight for City Council District 8, which covers East Harlem. Melissa Mark Viverito has 3,626 votes (25.41 percent) to Felipe Luciano's 3,610 (25.3 percent). Absentee b ... More >>

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    September 13, 2005

    Turnout in the Eye of the Beholder

    From its buzzing nerve center under the elevated tracks at Westchester Square, Fernando Ferrer's GOTV operation in the Bronx says it saw turnout at 2001 levels this morning. But a local city council campaign tells the opposite story: record low numbers of voters—around half the usual amount ... 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 >>

  • News

    August 16, 2005

    Hunting the Magic Number

    In council races around town, it's a tale of two cities

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    May 25, 2004

    The Angst of Chairman Velella

    Heard on a wire: money, contenders, and a nasty little so-and-so bug the big Bronx guy

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    March 23, 2004

    Deals on Wheels

    Bronx Democratic hacks learn to love frozen food for their frail senior citizens

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    November 11, 2003
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    July 22, 2003

    Spitzer's Spiel

    A.G. Backpedals on Schools, Dodges MTA Case

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    March 18, 2003
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    July 2, 2002
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    January 29, 2002

    The Boss Is Back

    Miller Lets Clubhouse Control Council, Shortchanges Merit and Minorities

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    October 2, 2001

    Still Counting

    The Big Term-Limits Primary Offers Some Surprises

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    September 4, 2001

    Green for Mayor

    Public Advocate Is the Best Choice

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    August 28, 2001

    Mother Dearest & the Courthouse Cabal

    A Public Advocate Candidate Has a Patronage Problem

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    January 9, 2001

    2001: An Election Odyssey

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

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    September 19, 2000

    Advantage: Hevesi

    City Comptroller Scores Big in Primary Races as Ferrer and Green Stumble

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    August 15, 2000

    A Bronx Tale

    The Incumbent Protection Society Musters Its Forces

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    August 1, 2000

    The Early Line

    The Guys Who Want Rudy Giuliani’s Job

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    June 20, 2000

    Once and Again

    Cited for 'Improprieties' in '95, Velella Ally Gets New Elections Post

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    November 3, 1998

    Absentee Al

    D'Amato Missed 966 Votes When He First Ran for Senate

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    June 9, 1998

    Becoming 'Dem-ato'

    Schumer Morphs Into Alfonse: Fires Assault Weapon at Green, and Praises His Own Miss

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    June 2, 1998

    The Wiseguy and the Wetlands

    A Brooklyn Waterfront Dream House Becomes the Target of an Environmental Probe