Elections Category Blog entries categorized under Elections http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/categories/listings/elections Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:19:11 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Lawyer Tries To Win Lopez's Old Seat http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/11/lawyer-tries-again-to-win-lopezs-old-seat http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/11/lawyer-tries-again-to-win-lopezs-old-seat Lawyer Jason Otaño is giving it a second go. Otaño has officially announced his bid to fill the state Assembly seat vacated by scandal-plagued former Assemblyman Vito Lopez.

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It is the second time in the past two years that Otaño has run for a seat that has traditionally been held by former Assemblyman Vito Lopez and his allies.

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Otaño unsuccessfully challenged Sen. Martin Dilan for his seat last summer.

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The recurring theme of his announcement was restoring integrity and respect in Albany.

“Having a government that we can trust in should not be a luxury; it’s a right for all of us,” Otaño said. “I will work tirelessly to bring back the public trust that has been broken.”

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Borough President Marty Markowitz and Councilwoman Diana Reyna have endorsed Otaño.

“The bottom line is that he will bring a refreshing voice on behalf of his constituents,” Markowitz said. “Which will be necessary in that community after years of the domination of an individual.”

Otaño worked as general counsel for Markowitz.

Lopez resigned his seat last month, hours before the Assembly was set to vote on expelling him because of a slew of sexual harassment claims against him.

Otaño was the only person at the event to mention Lopez by name.

“We cannot and will not allow the repugnant behavior of those like Vito Lopez or the sleazy grimy politics of his obsolete machine to define our communities,” he said.

Along with bringing trust back to New York State government, Otaño pledged to fight for jobs, housing and education.

This will be a crowded race with Charvey Gonzalez (an aide to Dilan) and Maritza Davila (a Democratic district leader) also running for the seat.

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lastephe207@gmail.com (Latima Stephens) Elections Tue, 11 Jun 2013 21:51:38 +0000
Quinn Gets Endorsement From NOW-NYC http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/11/quinn-gets-endorsement-from-now-nyc http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/11/quinn-gets-endorsement-from-now-nyc "What I can tell you is we’re going to have a woman mayor," City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn declared with confidence at City Hall yesterday.

She was, of course, speaking about herself, as she recognized the endorsement of the local chapter of the National Organization for Women.

"If you look at my record and what I've done on issues that matter to all New Yorkers, and issues that matter particular to women, I don’t think anyone else in the race has the same kind of record that I do," Quinn, who is running for the Democratic nomination, said.

With less than 100 days to the primary election, mayoral candidates have been announcing endorsements almost daily. The endorsement from NOW-NYC is important for Quinn, since she has been criticized in the past for holding up the passage of a paid sick leave law that was supported by prominent women activists.

Quinn managed to hammer out a deal on the bill in March, and the Council passed it 45-to-3 in spite of the mayor's promise to veto it (he did last week).

Quinn and NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio ran down the list of the work the Council has undertaken on issues important to women under the speaker's leadership: establishing penalties for drivers involved in sex trafficking; passing laws protecting access to a reproductive health centers; and supporting the growth of women- and minority-owned businesses.

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:43:26 +0000
Thompson, A Backer Of NYPD IG Proposal, Gets Detectives' Union Support http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/06/thompson-a-backer-of-nypd-ig-proposal-gets-detectives-union-support http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/06/06/thompson-a-backer-of-nypd-ig-proposal-gets-detectives-union-support A union representing police detectives opposes legislation that would create an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department.

But their opposition to the proposal hasn’t stopped the union from endorsing Democrat Bill Thompson for mayor — who has said he supports the idea.

Michael Palladino, chief of the Detectives' Endowment Association, was asked by a reporter yesterday at a rally for Thompson whether the candidate’s support of the inspector general legislation weighed into the union’s decision to endorse him. “Obviously it didn’t,” Palladino replied.

Palladino is also the chairman of the Uniformed Workers of New York, which held the campaign rally to show their support for Thompson.

Thompson reiterated his support of the proposal for an independent police inspector general, as well as a modified form of stop-and-frisk.

"Stop-and-frisk — and I've said this before and I'll say it again — is a useful policing tool that's been misused and abused,” Thompson said as heads bobbed in agreement behind him.

“When you get away from the constitutional way it was determined that it should be used, then its wrong and it’s a mistake. I think if you ask a number of those in law enforcement here individuals you’ll hear that also.”

The coalition technically announced its support for the candidate last week, but came out yesterday to publicly vouch for Thompson’s positions on public safety.

In a prepared statement, Palladino praised Thompson, who has promised to add 2,000 officers to the police force.

"Bill Thompson is ready to lead our city and protect New Yorkers from day one,” he said in the statement.

The UUWNY represents more than 125,000 city and state workers across 20 unions from the city’s police, fire, sanitation, corrections and court service work forces.

The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, one of the city’s most influential police unions, has yet to endorse a candidate in the race.

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Thu, 06 Jun 2013 15:41:20 +0000
Marist #NYC2013 Poll: Quinn Still Leads, Weiner Not Far Behind http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/28/marist-nyc2013-poll-quinn-still-leads-weiner-not-far-behind http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/28/marist-nyc2013-poll-quinn-still-leads-weiner-not-far-behind Former Congressman Anthony Weiner's entry into the mayoral race ate into City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's lead among likely Democratic voters, a new poll shows.

A Marist College poll released today showed that despite a 4 percentage point drop from April, Quinn still has a command across the Democratic spectrum: liberals, conservatives and moderates. She also came out in front across most of the boroughs, save for Brooklyn. However, where Quinn falls short is in loyalty among voters, proving that the race is still hers to lose.

Of those who said that they support Quinn, almost three out of four Democratic respondents said that they somewhat support her or might vote differently come the September primary. That's good news to the whole slate of candidates, potentially even more so for Weiner.

Weiner actually enjoyed the highest bump after he announced his candidacy last week, up 4 percentage points to 19 from his 15 percent in April. Despite Quinn's drop in the poll to 24 percent from last month's 26 percent, he still trailed the speaker by five points.

Weiner did have a lead on Quinn in his home borough of Brooklyn, although Public Advocate Bill de Blasio isn't too far behind. Fresh off a spate of labor endorsements, De Blasio inched up 1 percentage point among Democrats citywide. He also barely edges out former Comptroller Bill Thompson — who remains steady at 11 percent.

Meanwhile, current Comptroller John Liu took a sizable tumble into the single digits: 8 percent from his earlier 12 percent. The pack is rounded off with former Councilman Sal Albanese and the conservative Rev. Eric Salgado receiving 1 percent or less.

The overall spread lines up pretty well with last week's Quinnipiac poll, which also showed Quinn and Weiner leading the race.

It's not all bad news for the candidates lagging in the race, though. Of the 1,001 New Yorkers polled by Marist, 23 percent haven't quite made up their minds yet.

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Tue, 28 May 2013 18:26:19 +0000
Looking Back: Weiner's 2005 Endorsements #NYC2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/23/looking-back-weiners-2005-endorsements-nyc2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/elections/2013/05/23/looking-back-weiners-2005-endorsements-nyc2013 Anthony Weiner says he's going to run his mayoral campaign like he did during his first run for the office back in 2005: "light on endorsements and big bucks, but heavy on new plans for the city."

He does have nearly $5 million for his campaign and a booklet of 64 policy ideas, which draws from a similar document he distributed in 2009 outlining a bid for mayor that never happened.

A quick look back in the Gotham Gazette archives reveals that he did get a handful of endorsements the last time he ran — including from unions, elected officials and newspapers.

It's unclear whether he can win them over again.

His late entry in the race — and his tarnished reputation — may spoil his chances.

The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which said in 2005 that it was endorsing Weiner for having "stood up to Wal-Mart and helped stop that low-anti-worker retailer from opening in Rego Park, Queens" this time around went with rival Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn. It made its decision back in January.

Also endorsing Weiner in 2005: the Uniformed Firefighters Association and District 15 of the Machinists Union, AFL-CIO. Neither union immediately responded to messages about the mayor's race.

State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz of the 81st district in the Bronx was among the few politicians who endorsed Weiner in 2005. "When the mayor turned his back on our community and tried to put a mammoth water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park, Anthony Weiner stood with us and fought back," Dinowitz said at the time.

Dinowitz didn't immediately return a phone call from the Gotham Gazette earlier today.

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) Elections Thu, 23 May 2013 18:31:20 +0000