Category: New York City

David Greenfield
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South Brooklyn Shakeup

New York City Councilman David Greenfield shocked observers on Monday by announcing that he would retire from the Council to lead the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. The two-term Councilman from Midwood and Borough Park was widely-recognized as the leading Orthodox Jew in New York City elected office. The chair of the Council's powerful Land…

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Good to be the Guv

The rent might be too damn high for many New Yorkers but not for Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Instead, he's been able to benefit from the so-called "LLC Loophole" to get rent-free office space in Midtown. SL Green, one of the largest landlords in New York, gave Cuomo's campaign office space (valued at approximately $2,640 per…

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Hiram Monserrate when still a State Senator.
New YorkNew York CityQuick Hits

Why not give a corrupt abuser another shot?

Apparently, that's what some Queens Democrats are saying. After Corona/East Elmhurst Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland announced her retirement, her predecessor Hiram Monserrate jumped into the race. Monserrate has only one small, niggling issue: his criminal record. In December 2008, after winning a State Senate seat but before he was sworn in, Monserrate attacked his then-girlfriend, slashing her…

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Sheldon Silver
FeaturedNew YorkNew York CityState Assembly

Foiled! Silver Gets Off

Last week, former State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Lower Manhattan) escaped justice when a federal appeals panel overturned his conviction for accepting bribes and money-laundering. Who is Sheldon Silver? For over two decades as the leader of the State Assembly's strong Democratic majority, Sheldon Silver established himself as one of New York's most powerful Democrats.…

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New York City

Who’s Running in The 2017 NYC Primary Elections?

Party Designating petitions were filed at the NYC Board of Elections on Thursday and it is time for my annual report on this year’s likely upcoming Primary contests in the City. Up until now, I’ve posted this report on the Room 8 site but now that no longer exists, Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein at ShakingNews has generously…

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Airbnb is having some trouble in NYC.
New YorkNew York City

Not the Best Way to Make Friends

Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration made it a priority to crack down on illegal Airbnb hosts. But now landlords are complaining. They say that when they call investigators on tenants who converted apartments into illegal Airbnb spot, the city Department of Buildings fines the landlord instead. The city insists that landlords are responsible for not…

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Ruben Wills is on trial.
Long IslandNew YorkNew York CityState SenateWestern New York

Corruption Watch: Nassau Republicans Indicted, NYC Councilman on Trial, Senator Gets Off

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…

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