It has has been mentioned in other posts here and elsewhere that Gifford Miller tends to encourage his supporters (and often his employees) to join local clubs in an effort to stack them in his favor. This is hardly a new tactic, but usually it produces better results.
Because it appears that Giff just lost another one.
Though they have yet to offically release the numbers yet, it seems that the ballots cast by Democracy for New York City members show a solid majority for Anthony Weiner and another club packing failure for Gifford Miller. Weiner won the NDM ballot over Miller by more than two to one and I hear that the DFNYC numbers are looking much the same.
It seems that NYC progressives just don't like Giff no matter how much he tries reach out. Some rather informal polling also reveals that many DFNYC members were kind of insulted that Gifford would assume that he would be their choice. That kind of rejection has gotta hurt. read more »
You are invited to a very special and informative NDM General Meeting this coming Monday, June 13th, 7:30 PM, at the New Tank, located at 208 West 37th Street (between 9th and 10th).
The 2005 campaign is upon us, with petitioning for the various races now underway. Weâ€™ll spend the first, shorter part of the meeting addressing petitioning â€“ with the goal of turning you into a more effective advocate for the candidates you support. There are great candidates in this race who really need your help â€“ please come out to support them.
Then, weâ€™ll address a huge issue that is rising on the cityâ€™s radar screen. If you thought the West Side stadium was a bad idea, youâ€™ll be interested to hear about Atlantic Yards: the Forest City Ratner project in downtown Brooklyn to build a basketball arena on MTA rail yards, take private property by eminent domain and throw people out of homes and businesses in order to build 30- and 40-story apartment and office towers in a low-rise neighborhood. By the way, youâ€™re paying for it, to the tune of $2.1 billion in public funding.
Weâ€™ve invited the following speakers to help us understand this issue better:
City Councilwoman Letitia James, a leading opponent of Atlantic Yards
Chris Owens, Candidate for Congress
Reverend Clinton Miller, Brown Memorial Baptist Church
Norman Titus, Candidate for City Council
Please join us for this informative evening. While youâ€™re there, you can take action immediately: weâ€™ll have letter-writing supplies handy, plus contact info and talking points on Atlantic Yards, on the current debate about voting machines in New York, and, last not least, the Downing Street Memo. Itâ€™s going to be a very full and exciting evening of progressive activism, and we look forward to seeing you there. read more »
I can't understand how the token boooth clerk Tuesday night did not leave his plexiglass shelter to come to the aid of a woman being raped. He knew what was happening to her and even reported seeing her abudction. But he was afraid to break the rules in his employee manual - rules that forbid him from leaving his locked cave.
Thank God some of the readers at the Gothamist, think differently although the posts devolved at times into union debates. Only a male dominated union would praise one of its own for following the rules, rather than acting to defend a woman as she was being raped. read more »
I have become pretty active in Brooklyn politics and have started to get to know some of our politicians and candidates. Now, anyone who knows Brooklyn knows that there is a corrupt Dem machine here. That is a problem that we need to deal with. But, having said that, I am noticing that many of NYC's candidates are very good. In fact, in some cases it is a shame that two good people are running against eachother.
First there is the mayor's race. At first I thought none of the Dem candidates is good. But as I have gotten to know them I find I like all of them for different reasons. All of them are better than Bloomberg and I find myself having a hard time choosing which I will vote for. I think I would be happy with any of them.
The race that makes me most congnizant of the surfeit of good candidates is a 2006 Congressional race. I have liked and supported Chris Owens in his bid for Congress. Now I learn that David Yassky (my City Councilman) is also running for that seat. Both are excellent people and both would make excellent congresscritters. I still lean towards Chris, but what I really wish is I could support BOTH of them. Too bad they are running for the same office in 2006 (Note: Yassky is running for reelection to City Council this year and for Congress next year). In many other parts of the nation it would be hard to find ONE candidate as good as these guys.
Brooklyn DA: the incumbent, Hynes, isn't bad. He has done great things on crime and has indicted the head of the corrupt Brooklyn Dem party. The main complaint against him is that he seems to have passed his prime some time ago (he has been Brooklyn DA for some 14+ years). Mark Peters is favored by some reform minded Brooklynites, though so far he has rubbed me the wrong way. Still, he probably is a good candidate. Better than these two, in my opinion, is Paul Wooten who has greatly impressed me as, in essence, the ideal DA. He knows the mechanics right and left, is reform minded without even realizing it and is VERY focused on civil rights and consumer rights, something Hynes has been a bit weak on. The only bad candidate for DA that I know if is Sampson who is endorsed by the corrupt Dem machine. So although I will work for Paul Wooten, I still have to realize that there are several good candidates. read more »
An AP News Report came out today reporting the fighting in the New York State Republican party over the decision as to whether or not to give an Executive Committee seat to the Log Cabin Republicans, a group representing gay members of the GOP.
One member of the New York State Senate, Serphin Maltese, who is also the Executive Director of the Conservative Party of New York State, was particularly outspoken in his opposition to allowing to group of gay Republicans to serve in a leadership capacity.
The fact that there are anti-gay Republicans in New York State is not the problem, that is to be expected.
The problem is that Serphin Maltese, and many other Republicans are being given a free pass by the Democratic party in election after election in New York State.
New York State has approximately 8 million registered Democrats, while Republicans have slightly less than 6 million. In Maltese's district, the 15th New York Senate District, in Queens, Democrats outnumber Republicans 77,000 to 34,00o. Despite this enourmous disparity, the Democratic party has not even run a candidate in the 15th in the last 4 elections! read more »