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In a possible sign that the renewed controversy over his habit of raunchy online behavior may be jeopardizing his bid for mayor, Anthony Weiner's campaign manager quit over the weekend. The candidate tried to downplay Danny Kedem's departure yesterday, saying, "We've gotten more volunteers and more people coming over to help the campaign in the last several days than anytime since the campaign started."
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers seemed to imply yesterday that Bill and HIlary Clinton would like to see Weiner drop out of the race; she later clarified her words, saying, "All I meant to say is that I suspect that they, like many of us, would like to see the whole story go away."
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd puzzled over the candidate's wife, Huma Abedin, standing by her "eel-like" husband. "You must remember one thing," Dowd writes, "Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet." Weiner, Dowd muses, probably seemed like a prince in comparison to the men she grew up around.
Former Obama campaign advisor and Democratic strategist David Axelrod piled on, saying that Weiner was "wasting time and space" and that he would not be the next mayor of New York City. "Americans believe in second chances, but not third chances."
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Anthony Weiner said more dirt about his Internet sex life would come out during his mayoral campaign and boy was he right. This week the revelation that Weiner had the sort of online sexual relationships with women that led to his resignation even after he resigned from office forced the Weiner campaign into damage control. The revelations had a major impact in public opinion according to a Marist Pollthat showed his support dropping to 16 percent with his negatives at an all-time-high. Council Speaker Christine Quinn now leads the pack with 25 percent with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson at 14 percent. Weiner admitted on Thursday to having three explicit online relationships with women even after he resigned his seat in Congress. Weiner has said he will continue with his campaign.
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Forgotten Coney Island
Only a few blocks down from the amusement district, where the sounds of the frolicking beachgoers and carnival games have come back with renewed vigor after the seashore neighborhood's near-cataclysmic meeting with Hurricane Sandy, there is a different Coney Island that most tourists and beach goers don’t see.
This is the Coney Island that continues to struggle to return to normalcy nearly a year after Hurricane Sandy came ashore. The Coney Island where parks and playgrounds remain fenced off because of sinkholes or other damage done by last year’s storm.
“They say Coney Island is open for business. Sure, the entertainment district is, but no one talks about the parts of Coney Island where people actually live. They don’t talk about the neighborhoods,” said Ed Cosme, a resident who formed The People’s Coalition of Coney Island to raise awareness about the problems in the parts of the neighborhood that don’t normally draw tourists and bathers.
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As Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s tenure draws to a close, a coalition of environmental organizations is urging him to take action now to make the city more sustainable.
“Now is the time to lock in forward-thinking sustainability policies and prioritize the most critical projects for completion,” the New York League of Conservation Voters and other organizations say in Bloomberg-Countdown.pdf.
The goal of the 2013 New York City Sustainability Countdown is “to help focus the city’s efforts for the remained of 2013.”
The groups argue the city could take immediate steps in several key areas, including preparing for the impacts of climate change; addressing ongoing air quality issues; reducing and de-contaminating the waste stream; making buildings more energy efficient; and increasing mass transit options.
They note that their goals “are practical and achievable, and with the support of Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council, can be made realities by the year’s end.”
Assemblyman Micha Kellner is the latest Albany legislator to have sexual harassment charges made public. The New York Times reported today that Kellner sent a series of flirtatious messages to a junior female staffer over an Internet game of Scrabble.
Kellner told the woman during a late-night exchange that he hired her because she was "cute." "I wouldn't mind falling asleep with you but not remotely," he told his employee. Kellner is currently running for City Council in the 5th district.
The Times' reporting has resulted in the resignation of Assembly Lawyer Bill Collins, who failed to pass on the charges to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Kellner apologized for the behavior and said that it happened before he was married.
Over four years ago, for a few weeks while I was still single, I exchanged instant messages with a female member of my staff that were flirtatious. It was inappropriate. I was wrong and it was stupid. When I was told that my staffer felt the messages were unprofessional, I immediately stopped and regretted placing her in that position. I was sorry then and I am sorry now. ...
Over four years ago, for a few weeks while I was still single, I exchanged instant messages with a female member of my staff that were flirtatious. It was inappropriate. I was wrong and it was stupid. When I was told that my staffer felt the messages were unprofessional, I immediately stopped and regretted placing her in that position. I was sorry then and I am sorry now.