Simcha Felder

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    Another Tuesday, Another Election No One Will Vote In

    ​It's Tuesday, and these days in New York City, that means another special election. With runoff elections, resignations, and the occasional expulsion from a legal body, there have been quite a few in the past election season. Today's race is in the 44th City Council District, where Republica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    Gay Leaders React to John Liu's Appointment of Non-Supportive Simcha Felder

    Felder: His Quinn no-vote makes some gay leaders squirm​by T.J. Raphael Last week Wayne Barrett criticized newly elected Comptroller John Liu for his appointment of Deputy Comptroller Simcha Felder, a city councilman who had refused to support human rights and gay equality bills that Liu him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Barrett: John Liu Names a Deputy Comptroller, Simcha Felder, Who Has Some Explaining To Do About His Views on Christine Quinn's Lesbianism

    Given Simcha Felder's non-votes on Quinn, is he the best choice for deputy comptroller?​John Liu's announcement last week that he was appointing Brooklyn city councilman Simcha Felder to the post of deputy comptroller has stirred no controversy. Yet Felder is so out of step with Liu on gay and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Simcha Felder Leaves Council, Will Serve as John Liu's Deputy

    ​City councilmember Simcha Felder is resigning to join new comptroller John Liu's office as Liu's deputy. The Times describes Felder as "a close ally" of Mayor Bloomberg who "flirted with the idea of working for the Bloomberg administration," so it may seem strange that Felder would team with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Council Gives Veto-Proof Vote to Parking Meter "Grace Period"

    Despite threats of a mayoral veto, the city council approved a five-minute parking ticket grace period in some circumstances. As their vote was 47 to 2, it is expected they will override the mayor's veto. Daniel Garodnick of Manhattan and Tony Avella of Queens voted no. Maria Baez, as is her custo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Election Shake Up, Continued

    ​By Grace Smith At the start of her historic third term as council member, Christine Quinn will seek re-election to speaker. But the council she'll be trying to sway will look substantially different. Two days ago, Wayne Barrett pointed out another likely historic council moment for January 2 ... 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

    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

    August 4, 2009

    Times: Mayor's Office Put Felder's Name on $1.5 Million Payout -- But Felder Says He Didn't Request It

    It looks like the Mayor's been playing around with city finances. The Times reports today that Bloomberg's office forwarded $1.5 million in discretionary funds to a couple of nice-sounding non-profits -- Agudath Israel of America Community Services and Ohel Children's Home and Family Services . This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Press Finally Notices Tony Avella, Portrays Him as Madman

    Councilmember and mayoral candidate Tony Avella is finally getting some press attention, albeit of the dismissive look-at-this-nut variety. "Mr. Avella knows where he wants to take the city," says the Times, "and that place is back in time." Ha! Look at the funny man, not marching bravely into our s ... 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 >>

  • Columns

    March 11, 2009

    Bloomberg's Double Deal

    As term-limits fight raged, a hush-hush $1.2 million campaign

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    October 23, 2008
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    October 22, 2008

    Vallone Sr. Joins Son in Endorsing Endless Incumbency

    Just after his councilmember son delivered his agonized endorsement of Bloomberg's term-limits overthrow -- or maybe just before, if you consider the press time -- former council speaker Peter F. Vallone comes out for term limits repeal in today's Queens Gazette. Vallone pere argues that Ron Laud ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2008

    Post Reveals Term-Limits "Slush Fund"

    You have to hand it to the New York Post -- though they endorsed Bloomberg's third term, they know a good crooked-deal story when they see one, and reported Sunday on the city councilmembers who had been enriched by the Mayor's "slush fund." Though that discretionary honey-pot had been capped when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2008

    Bloomy "Grubby," Says Parker; Mayor's Fine, Say Clergy; "No More Questions," Says Mystery Man

    Fresh from trouncing two council opponents in last month's Democratic primary, Brooklyn state senator Kevin Parker is fired up and not taking it any more. Parker has been a regular at recent City Hall press conferences of foes of Mayor Bloomberg's proposal to overturn term limits. Here's a sample ... 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 8, 2008

    Last-Minute Primary Bon Mots from Parker, Schnorrer

    The primary's tomorrow, so let's go ahead and give Line of The Primary Campaign to State Senator Kevin Parker, who tells the New York Sun that his opponents, City Council Members Simcha Felder and Kendall Stewart, "represent ambition without accomplishment." He also calls them "two guys who are abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007
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    November 20, 2007

    Fight For Your Right to Feed Pigeons

    The backlash against Councilman Simcha Felder's proposal to create a $1,000 fine for feeding pigeons continues to grow. Pigeon defenders have started a new blog, People for Pigeons, to counter misinformation being spread about pigeons and will host a rally for pigeon rights on the step of City Hall ... 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 >>

  • News

    January 17, 2006

    Council Priorities

    The new City Council Speaker doles out some surprising assignments

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2005

    Mike's Big Night

    In 2001, the cozy B.B. King Club on West 42nd Street was adequate for rookie candidate Michael Bloomberg's election night crowd. Last night, Bloomberg's spare-no-expense campaign booked the city's biggest meeting venue east of the Javits Center-- the vast Metropolitan Ballroom at the Sheraton New Yo ... 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 >>

  • NYC Life

    February 3, 2004
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    January 6, 2004
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    September 9, 2003

    Fleeing America

    Post–9-11, Thousands of New York's Pakistanis Leave the U.S. Under Pressure

  • NYC Life

    June 10, 2003
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    June 18, 2002

    A Killing Without Guns

    Militant Rabbi Scores Press but No Troops