Damn, August already — and we haven’t paid our rent or looked at the local candidates much besides the mayoral prospects. Here’s a fast look at what contenders for three big spots have been up to lately:
Manhattan D.A.: Richard Aborn appeared with former NYPD Commissioner and current LAPD Chief Bill Bratton at City Hall today to unveil a “detailed proposal to improve the use of technology in the DA’s office and increase accountability and oversight analysis” called PreventStat (like CompStat, get it?). Cy Vance is trying to get past that Spitzer fundraiser thing, but over the weekend did an interview on WPIX’s News Closeup and spent time in Harlem at the Paradise Baptist Church and the Harlem Salvation Army Charity Basketball Game for Special Needs Children. Leslie Crocker Snyder won the support of Al Sharpton confreres Sanford Rubenstein and Michael Hardy, and sent out some literature which Liz Benjamin questioned.
Public Advocate: Poll-leader Mark Green is staying out of candidate forums (he attended one last week). Eric Gioia got the Uniformed Fire Officers Association endorsement. Bill de Blasio teamed with Vance and Aborn to promote changes to the Civilian Complaint Review Board. Norm Siegel gets props in today’s Brooklyn Paper for calling the stoop-drinking prosecution of Kimber VanRy “Out-effing-ragous.” GOP contender Alex Zablocki won the plaudits of the Brooklyn Barrister Blog.
Comptroller: David Yassky got the backing of the New York League of Conservation Voters and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Freddie Ferrer backs David Weprin. Melinda Katz got no end of grief from Queens Crap. John Liu‘s been quiet, but he has the SEIU 1199 endorsement to coast on. Photo (cc) mynamemattersnot.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 4, 2009