NYC Politics from another wannabe pundit.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Worshippers? Gotta Have 'Em. Small Business? Not so much.

City Councilwoman Madeline Provenzano is getting her 15 minutes of "Pay to Pray" time, but when it comes to small business owners, forget it. While local merchants complain of the flood of traffic agents preying on their Sunday shoppers, Provenzano rejects their claims.
The Bronx Times wanted to know what she thought of the local BIDs' protests. Provenzano's response: "My problem is with metered parking in front of religious institutions. It shows a disregard for people worshipping."

Ah, politics as usual. Maybe we should propose a catch-phrase for Freddy's next botched press release: uh, "Pay to Pay."

I can see the headlines now...

Line of the Week: Hillary Hype

"She’s Bill without the party in his pants."

Hillary Gets Hot, But For Democrats She’s Lose-Lose by Tish Durkin

Durkin may think the Hillary hype's out of hand, but she sure adds to the debate by penning this front-page piece.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

There's a race for Mayor?

Check out this excerpt from the Crain's Politics column by Anne Michaud. An analysis of the anglers for Speaker-dom, the field is a complicated one, as outer-borough candidates (read: the machines will play big here) compete for the same starting turf.

Maneuvering for council speaker

The race for City Council speaker is playing in the background as council members announce their endorsements for mayor. Councilman Bill de Blasio’s endorsement of Freddy Ferrer last week is a bet that Ferrer will win and help de Blasio, D-Brooklyn, become the speaker. The problem with that strategy is that Ferrer is receiving support from other speaker wannabes. Councilman Lew Fidler, D-Brooklyn, has endorsed Ferrer, and Joel Rivera, D-Bronx, is likely to endorse him soon.

Three Queens Democrats in the running for speaker—Leroy Comrie, David Weprin and Melinda Katz—haven’t tipped their hands yet on mayoral endorsements. Councilwoman Christine Quinn, D-Manhattan, another speaker contender, is expected to endorse City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, D-Manhattan, who is a close ally.

Here They Come...

Monday, March 07, 2005

Head for the Exit

Who wants another Koch?
In this Observer article, we get way, way too close to reliving the schtick. Chuck is one thing, but we're over Ed.

It's worth noting (this is a blog, after all, where not much isn't worthy of noting) that if this Congressman goes head to head with any one of the other hopefuls, we've got a race on our hands, a la Green v. Ferrer 2001. Think about it:

- Ferrer versus Weiner: he plays the old [Mark] Green card, which Ferrer has not proven he'd be able to beat with his rehashed message.
- Miller versus Weiner: Weiner's a hell of a lot more interesting and palatable, and we all know New Yorkers need character in their heads of city.
- Fields versus Weiner: moving on...

Then again, Ferrer's at the top of the heap. The question is, will New York Dems and Bloomberg-haters (there ain't too many of em, and we can include activist group ACORN in the lukewarm-on-Bloomie-and-seeing-the-writing-on-the-wall set) bond together to pick the most electable? Probably not, but if they do, Freddy's got some work to do ("Top Dem: Look Out, Freddy").

Strategy Leak, Round II

After Mayoral hopeful and Council Leader Giff Miller's campaign made waves early with a leak on opposition strategy, we have another embarassing beans-spill from front-runner Freddy Ferrer's team in a rare Page Six moment for the usually above-the-fray-as-well-as-city-politics daily.

Is this good for Ferrer, who seems to be playing the "any press is good press" (see Pay to Pray) edict?