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Gotham Votes 2013

Gotham Votes

Squadron Calls in a Beastie Boy

"Guess who’s going to pass the mic to Daniel this Monday," reads the emailed invite sent out to supporters of state Sen. Daniel Squadron who is running in the Democratic Primary for public advocate. “Join special guest Adam “Ad-Rock" Horovitz of the Beastie Boys for drinks, food, and music in support of Daniel and his campaign for Public Advocate this Monday, August 5th."

The campaign event will take place on August 5 at Bowery Station at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $100, “young professionals" pay $50 and “hosts" have to pay $500. 

Squadron might need the help from a culturual icon like Horovitz if the recent Young Democrats Straw Poll is any indication. Councilwoman Tish James won the poll with 46 percent of the vote in the four-way race for public advocate. Squadron only pulled in 16 percent. 

Read more: Squadron Calls in a Beastie Boy

Election Roundup: New Mayoral Race Poll; Brooklyn DA Race; Thompson Scrutinized


Anthony Weiner is no longer leading in the Democratic mayoral race, according to the latest poll. Following Weiner’s most recent sexting revelations, a new Wall Street Journal-NBC 4 New York-Marist poll shows Weiner’s frontrunner status dropping behind Council Speaker Christine Quinn.  (Oh, and as the tabloids reported, he also copped to having raunchy online conversations with three women even after he resigned from Congress in 2011).

Read more: Election Roundup: New Mayoral Race Poll; Brooklyn DA Race; Thompson Scrutinized

2 Queens BP Candidates Seize Forum For Their Bickering


At a forum in Queens organized to get candidates for borough president to say what they would do to address issues that senior citizens face, two candidates instead seized the event at several points to go after each other.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and state Senator Tony Avella — both Democrats — continued their back-and-forth from past borough president forums that has also leaked into the media.

The two often lost track of the moderator’s questions and diverged from the discussion on senior issues into attacking each others’ stances on stop-and-frisk and term-limits.

Read more: 2 Queens BP Candidates Seize Forum For Their Bickering

WeinerGate Revisited: The Morning After

While Anthony Weiner might have put the latest reveal about his internet trysts behind him, his rivals for Democratic mayoral nomination have not.

Adding to yesterday’s chorus of reaction, City Council Speaker and  fellow mayoral race frontrunner Christine Quinn never accused the scandal-plagued candidate of lying. Instead, she accused Weiner of having a “difficulty with the truth."

"The circus that Mr. Weiner has brought to the mayor’s race these last two months has been a disservice to New Yorkers who are looking for someone who has the judgment and maturity to lead this city and a record of actually delivering real results for them," she said at a news conference earlier today.

Read more: WeinerGate Revisited: The Morning After

Event Of The Day: Bronx Mayoral Forum

Top candidates for mayor are expected to attend a forum in the Bronx tonight to talk about higher education, healthcare, affordable housing and economic development.

Bronx Community College is hosting the event that is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

The host has confirmed that Democrats Anthony Weiner, Chris Quinn, Bill Thompson, John Liu, Bill de Blasio, Sal Albanese and Erick Salgado are expected to attend. Republicans Joe Lhota, John Catsimatidis and George McDonald; and Independent Adolfo Carrion are also expected to participate.

The event is scheduled to take place in the college’s Gould Memorial Library Auditorium, located on campus, at 2155 University Ave.

For more mayoral forums and other events visit Gotham Gazette’s calendar.

— Daniel Stein-Sayles

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