We’ve got a Republican candidate for Mayor but she faces an uphill battle. Also facing challenges: the New York City subway system.
Stat of the Week: $10 – how much people in the small town of Wilson, NC pay each month for 50 mbps of internet service. By comparison, New Yorkers have to pay at least $50/month for that. Internet activist and law professor Susan Crawford is suing New York City to change that.
Republicans now have a candidate for Mayor–Nicole Malliotakis, an Assemblywoman representing parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn. She’ll be going against Mayor Bill de Blasio in November
How’d she become the nominee?
- First, Republican leaders barred Bo Dietl, the controversial former TV commentator and private investigator, from running in the primary since he failed to register as a Republican.
- Queens City Councilman Eric Ulrich and Gristedes supermarket owner John Catsimatidis chose not to run.
- Then, real estate executive Paul Massey dropped out, after raising (and spending) over $4 million on his campaign.
- Harlem reverend and ex-Jet Michael Faulkner also dropped down to run for Comptroller.
So far, Andrew Cuomo has managed to be lucky. He’s embraced the subway and MTA when there have been accomplishments like finally opening the Second Avenue Subway or putting new buses with wifi on the road. And when there have been issues with the subway or Long Island Railroad, he’s managed to avoid blame, instead accusing Amtrak of mismanagement. But his luck might be running out.
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Last week, a Nassau County jury indicted former Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto for corruption along with two former town commissioners. Venditto has been a powerful Republican leader until he stepped down after federal prosecutors charged him and County Executive Edward Mangano for taking bribes.
Meanwhile, Queens City Councilman Ruben Wills is on trial for stealing $30,000 in taxpayer dollars. His defense: he didn’t keep receipts and was careless but didn’t use the money inappropriately. Too bad prosecutors have receipts from Macy’s, Nordstrom’s and Home Depot. He also paid for his campaign with the money.
Erie County State Senator Rob Ortt (R) is in better shape, though. A judge dismissed the charges that he subverted campaign finance law, since Ortt didn’t personally sign or file the reports. However, a spokesperson for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared that the ruling didn’t change the fact that Ortt’s wife, Meghan, was paid for a no-show job.
• Firefighters and First Responders Get Help from State Legislature
The bills will now go to Gov. Cuomo for his signature or veto.
• Replacement for St. Vincent’s in the Village
Quote of the Week: “New York’s state treasury is swimming in excess cash.” – E.J. McMahon in the New York Post. He argues that Gov. Andrew Cuomo should use the money to fix the MTA.