Working Families Party

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    James S. Oddo, Debi Rose, Steven Matteo, and Vincent Ignizio Elected in Staten Island

    James S. Oddo was elected Staten Island Borough President after serving as Middle Staten Island's City Councilmember. Staten Island is home to city council districts 49 through 51. This year, all three seats were contested. Districts 49 and 51 had incumbents fighting to hold on to their seats, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Paid Sick Leave Passed, So Here's What You Should Know

    It's been a long time coming. After three years, New York City Council has finally passed veto-proof legislation guaranteeing paid sick days in businesses with more than 20 employees. Now (hopefully), restaurant workers afraid of losing their jobs won't come to work hacking up pathogens into soup. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2011

    UAW Endorses Occupy Wall Street; Massive March Planned Today

    This morning the UAW -- the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America -- issued an official endorsement of Occupy Wall Street, which they deem "a movement for economic and political justice." They've said they'll commit resources to the movement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Transport Workers Union Denied Injunction Against City's Use of Bus Drivers to Transport Arrested Protesters; Suit Not Dismissed

    Today the Transport Workers Union, which last week voted unanimously in support of Occupy Wall Street, went to court to fight against the city's use of city bus drivers to transport arrested protesters. Following the Brooklyn Bridge arrests on Saturday, the Union said the NYPD had commandeered numer ... More >>

  • 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

    September 23, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo, Carl Paladino, and Those Nutty Polls

    ​The day before Mike Bloomberg defeated Bill Thompson by 4.6 percent of the vote last November, Quinnipiac said the mayor would win by 12 points. Its poll the day before the 2005 election predicted Bloomberg would beat Fernando Ferrer by 38 points, twice his actual margin. The good news for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Pedro Espada Throwing Money Away -- at Protestors

    ​For those following it, there was a pretty good episode of the Pedro Espada Jr. reality show yesterday. First, there was the rascally Bronx senator's announced boycott of the special session in Albany, on the grounds that the meeting -- which finalized the state's four-months-late budget -- w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Scott Stringer, Working Families Circulate Petition Opposing Drilling That Could Poison New York's Drinking Water

    More refreshing without the natural gas drilling.​While oil drilling has made a sorry wreck of the Gulf coast, another kind of drilling could threaten New York's water supply.

  • News

    June 8, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo's Biggest Rival Won't Be the G.O.P.

    It's Shelly Silver and the old-school Dems in his race to Governor

  • News

    June 1, 2010

    Black Parents vs. the Teachers' Union

    Union intransigence hits a low point

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo Gets an Attack Ad

    Here's your first anti-Andrew Cuomo ad of the pre-season, sponsored by New Yorkers for Growth, a pro-business group that got 10 grand from local GOP boss Ed Cox and who want you to know that Cuomo has gone easy on... the Working Families Party, whose corruption has led to out-of-court settlements ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Andrew Cuomo Bows Out of Paterson Probe, Clearing Roadblock to Run for Governor

    A lot of people have said that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo couldn't get in the governor's race, despite his high poll numbers in prospective match-ups, because of his responsibility over the Paterson probe. Well, that's no longer a factor: Cuomo has recused himself from the probe of the governor' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Twitpic by StWiltshire. The last full week of the election campaign was sorta fun -- as it should have been with Mayor Bloomberg spending $37,000 an hour on it. And it worked: the big papers endorsed him, as did another Democrat, and polls showed him way out of Bill Thompson's reach. We still su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    Debi Rose Campaign Joins Us in Accusing Mitchell Of Actually Running

    Remember when we said that the Randy Mastro suit against the Working Families Party, charging they gave the Debi Rose campaign improper favors via Data and Field Services undercharges, might precipitate an attempt to revive the campaign of Ken Mitchell? Mitchell was defeated by Rose in the Democrati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    GOP Public Advocate Candidate Does ACORN Joke, Gets Press

    Since his run-off victory, Democratic public advocate nominee Bill de Blasio has been taking it slow and cautious, as may be wise in a race where Democrats are heavily favored. But his Republican challenger Alex Zablocki (pictured) isn't lying down for him. Zablocki, not a me-too party hack but a Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2009

    Conservatives Attack Republican in NY-23; Democrat Smiles

    Republicans usually have an advantage in New York's 23rd Congressional District, but in the campaign to replace Congressman John McHugh there, conservatives have gone all out to attack the Republican candidate, Dede Scozzafava. It's not that they're fond of Democrat Bill Owens (though, like most u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Candidates Make Last Push As Primary Looms

    ​ It's Primary Day. The candidates have been scrambling to make last minute subway pitches, spend their final dollars on radio and television ads, and send volunteers to push campaign literature in people's faces. So what does New York -- a city where so many people appear detached from local ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Primary Day Continues with Flag-Burning Flyer

    ​Primary Day looks like it's going pretty much as usual -- that is, quietly -- though Azi Paybarah has found this last-minute flyer calling Manhattan city council candidate Ydanis Rodriguez an "anti-American flag burner." Rodriguez, considered the front-runner, has seven opponents and none has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2009

    Primary Culler: Baez in Trouble in Bronx's 14th Council District

    ​If Maria Baez had her hands full with her reelection campaign to the city council in The Bronx's 14th District before, the New York Times made it worse for her today with a blistering article detailing her suspicious Puerto Rico "fundraising" activities, the peculiar pro-landlord bill she int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2009

    Primary Culler: Council Rematch in Staten Island -- But What Will Gowda Do?

    The main event in Staten Island's 49th Council District is a rematch between six-month incumbent Kenneth Mitchell versus challenger Debi Rose (pictured). In the February special election to replace new Congressman Michael McMahon, Rose lost to Mitchell by only 342 votes. You don't get that close and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Thompson Said to Be DC 37's Choice

    Looks like Bill Thompson's getting a break in his race of mayor: Liz Benjamin says he's rumored to have the DC 37 endorsement locked up. That's the city's largest municipal workers union, whose name came up last week when the city council, like the Mayor's office, followed their example by raising ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Bill de Blasio Thrown Off Ballot for Petition Error, Will Appeal

     There's a reason why political candidates take such care with their ballot petitions in New York; they are subject to notoriously arcane rules and can be easily challenged and denied. Councilmember Bill de Blasio, a strong contender for the office of Public Advocate, had his ballot application ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Rose Continues Quest to Be First Black Official on Staten Island

    As we like to point out, Staten Island is the only borough never to have elected a public official of color. But in the February special city council election to replace new Congressman Michael McMahon, Debi Rose came close, losing to Kenneth Mitchell by only 342 votes. The Democratic Primary for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    Dance troupe, Governor's Island. Boy, what a week. Gay Pride was effulgent as ever with three D.A. candidates voguing for the cameras, but marred by a gay-bashing on the Upper East Side. The authorities got involved and the cops went to work, and now it looks like there have been more such incide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2009

    Albany Coup in Review: Judge Tosses Case, Senate Continues Turmoil

    Long-suffering Acting Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. McNamara says, all right, smart guys, I've had it (this is not an exact quote) and has dismissed the Albany Democrats' case against the Espada coup. Capitol Confidential has the decision, which notes that there's no provision in the state const ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2009

    Coup de Villains: The Albany Takeover So Far

    Dear Leader: misty watercolor memories of Pedro Espada Jr. here. Malcolm Smith says he's still in charge, but he hasn't been able to achieve much over the past five months of Democratic rule in the state senate, and we doubt he has the resources to overturn the overthrow of his leadership today. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Cheek, in Review: 7 Days of Runnin' Scared

    President Obama came down on the credit card companies. They're still trying to hang the socialist and elitist raps on him, but they don't seem to be sticking. Mayor Bloomberg got mad as hell about the MTA fare hike -- but didn't bother to tell his friends in Albany. His "Puppets for Educational ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Barrett: If Murdoch and Zuckerman are Whining, is the State Budget Really So Bad?

    News flash! The state budget that's been so trashed in the tabloids does loads of good things you've heard next to nothing about. Whenever the rich are taxed, the only media contest in town is who will howl louder -- Rupert or Mort. Both are such class enemies of their own readers that, in a budget ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Post Bemoans New Taxes on "Joes," "Well-Offs," and "Single Guy"

    From the department of ICWUDT: the Post howls in outrage at the new state taxes to be suffered by three specific classes of New Yorkers: the "Average Joes," the "Well-Off Family," and the "Single Guy." They make their best case for the Joes, first by putting a picture of black people in their graph ... 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 26, 2009

    Poll: Cuomo right at Paterson's heels

    Governor Paterson tried to show he's listening today by cancelling one bad idea -- the tax-payer-financed junket he'd planned to the glitzy World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  But the poor guy can't catch a break:  A new poll has his would-be rival, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, just ... More >>

  • News

    January 21, 2009
  • Columns

    October 22, 2008

    Michael Bloomberg's Velvet Coup

    Is Mayor Mugabe an outrageous comparison?

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007
  • Blogs

    September 19, 2007

    Protesters Pop In On the Carlyle Group

    About two dozen protesters from ACORN/The Working Families party busted in on a private equity analyst conference at the Waldorf-Astoria this afternoon where Carlyle Group cofounder David Rubenstein was scheduled to speak. The demonstration was part of their campaign to raise awareness about the li ... More >>

  • News

    January 16, 2007

    Get On the Bus—and the Train and the Carpool

    Joining the anti-war surge on Washington? Plot your itinerary now.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2005

    Bloomie's Party Poopers

    No matter what happens at tomorrow's vote of the city's Working Families Party, Michael Bloomberg shouldn't count on its endorsement. Despite a report in today's Times that the mayor hoped to win its nomination, party insiders say the choice actually comes down to Democrat Fernando Ferrer, or "no e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2005

    Campaign 2005's About the Polls, Not the Poor

    "We all know what's going to happen in the mayoral election," said a Democratic operative to me this morning, and that's bad news for Freddy, Virginia, Giff, and Anthony. If you're a candidate, worse than any gaffe or flip-flop or poorly pitched policy is the moment when your own party loyalists beg ... 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

    Two Blows in Brooklyn Council Battle

    Good news came in twos on Thursday for City Council candidate Darlene Mealy, the transit worker who's battling William Boyland, Sr., for the Brownsville council seat that his term-limited daughter Tracy Boyland now holds. Good news, Part I: Assemblyman Nick Perry, who represents Brownsville and Ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2005

    We Now Join The Race In Progress

    The July 4 holiday has passed, the Olympic vote is over, and baseball's All Star break is here. That means that—finally—there's little else to talk about now but the New York City mayoral campaign. Of course, the campaign's been around for months (the candidates spent more than $13.6 mill ... More >>

  • News

    September 14, 2004

    The People's Prosecutor

    In an Albany primary, a candidate for D.A. attacks the Rockefeller drug laws—and wins

  • News

    October 28, 2003

    The Judge on Row E

    A Dissenting Jurist Challenges the Party Bosses

  • News

    October 28, 2003

    Vote Yes for Nonpartisan Elections

    Bloomberg's Proposal Is Better Than Our Sham System

  • Film

    October 28, 2003
  • Specials

    November 26, 2002
  • Specials

    November 12, 2002
  • News

    November 20, 2001

    To Play the King

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

  • Long Island Voice

    September 7, 1999
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