politics

Green’s Day?

03/24/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
With Betsy Gotbaum declining to seek re-election, there is no incumbent in this year’s heated race for public advocate. Or is there? Mark Green, the Democrat who narrowly lost the mayoral race in 2001 after two terms as public advocate, is looking for his old job back. In 1997, Green won more votes in his re-election bid in that job than did Mayor Rudy Giuliani in his.

Will Weiner Run?

03/04/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
It’s one of the top political questions in the city: Will Anthony Weiner run for mayor? The Queens-based congressman who made a respectable Democratic primary run in 2005, forcing a runoff only to cede the nomination to Fernando Ferrer, has often spoken about his intention to run again, but recent developments have sown doubts.

Change You Can Party About

01/14/2009
Assistant Managing Editor
The National Jewish Democratic Council will hold a series of events Sunday and Monday to mark the inauguration of Barack Obama, featuring former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta. N.Y. Minute offered NJDC Executive Director Ira Forman a chance to gloat after eight years heading up the Jewish opposition. Q: So, it must feel pretty good to be a Democrat now, with your party controlling the White House and Congress.

Smooth Sailing

07/15/2005
Staff Writer
As word of the carnage in London spread last Thursday, Anthony Weiner was faced with a quandary. Proceeding with his campaign schedule for the day would demonstrate what he would later call "the aplomb" of citizens of England, Israel and New York in the face of terrorism. But on such a dire day, was it proper to hold a press conference on post-Olympics planning and an endorsement photo op with Brooklyn elected officials?

Nadler Seeking Retraction On Israel Bashing

07/08/2005
Staff Writer
Insisting he wasn't present while a witness slammed Israel during recent Judiciary Committee hearings, Rep. Jerrold Nadler is demanding a retraction from the New York Post for a column that claimed he sat by idly. "Was Jerry Nadler afraid of being booed live on C-Span if he'd raised an objection?" Eric Fettman had pondered in a June 23 op-ed.

Speaker Trying To Make Noise

07/08/2005
Staff Writer
It's 7:30 on an ordinary morning on the campaign trail, and Gifford Miller is at the 18th Avenue F station in Borough Park doing ordinary things like handing out fliers, trying to spend a moment or two with passers-by as they rush to catch their train. Each time he's wished good luck, the speaker of the City Council replies "You're my luck." An aide remarks about what a good line that is. After a while, Miller does something out of the ordinary when he bursts into song: "Kol od balevav, pnima, nefesh yehudi homiya ..."

Ties That Bind

06/10/2005
Staff Writer
As the tables were cleared at Sunday's breakfast of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, Fernando Ferrer paused to chat with a pair of city Councilmen. Then, with barely a glance behind him, the former Bronx borough president and Democratic mayoral frontrunner said "OK, K-man, let's go." Minutes later, in a scene familiar to any observer of the campaign trail, Ferrer and Kalman Yeger were headed down the hotel stairs into Yeger's waiting minivan, off to march in the Salute to Israel parade and discussing the rest of the day's schedule.

McCall And The Sharpton Card

09/20/2002
Staff Writer
A year after he became a key factor in the race for mayor, the Rev. Al Sharpton is looming as a wild card as the race for governor heats up. Sharpton is supporting the Democrat H. Carl McCall, but has taken a low profile in the campaign, as no one has made an issue of that support. That could change closer to Election Day. "Jews are the only white community in play in this race," said one McCall insider. "If the election gets tight, this card is going to get played."

McCall States His Case

09/06/2002
Staff Writer
H. Carl McCall would do away with closed-door decision making in Albany if elected governor and work with members of Congress on a "New York strategy" for advocating policy on international issues, he told The Jewish Week. "I'm not going to approve policy issues or budget measures that have not been subject to legislative hearings and public scrutiny," said McCall, addressing the power of the governor, Senate majority leader and Assembly speaker to decide virtually all state business in secret.

Russians Plot Coup In Brighton Beach

08/16/2002
Staff Writer
After failing to elect a Russian-speaking candidate to the City Council last year, activists in the city's best-known immigrant neighborhood are now backing a non-emigre in a heated Assembly contest. Susan Lasher, whose husband, Howard, represented Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach and Coney Island in both the City Council and state Assembly, is taking on incumbent Adele Cohen in the Democratic primary Sept. 10.
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