19th Council District: Throw Another Hat in the Ring

Tom Cooke

Tom Cooke

The race for City Council in the 19th CD is really heating up. Tom Cooke will be officially adding his name to an already crowded field of qualified candidates. He joins Jerry Iannece, Paul Vallone, Steve Behar & Debra Markell who are all seeking the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Tony Avella. John Frank is also expected to soon announce his entry into what promises to be an interesting contest.

As of this date there are no declared Republicans. This is one district in which Republicans have consistently been able to run competitive races.

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Mark Green Announces Candidacy For Public Advocate

From NY1

Democrat Mark Green, the city’s first public advocate, has told NY1 he will once again run for the office.

Green held the position from 1994 to 2001.

He says his experience is necessary during these tough times.

“Given the extraordinary economic crisis, it’s especially urgent that the person who’s the next public advocate,” said Green, “the number two citywide office holder, the investigator of city services, be a person who’s shown that he or she can get results and have innovative ideas, has a track record, and understands how to make New York a cutting edge, 21st century city.”

Mark Green Announces Candidacy For Public Advocate

Mark Green Announces Candidacy For Public Advocate

In 2001, Green was the Democratic nominee for mayor, but lost to Michael Bloomberg. He has also had unsuccessful runs for Congress, Senate, and state attorney general.

Green is also a former member of our NY1 Wise Guys, airing every Tuesday night on the “Road to City Hall.”

Green’s likely Democratic opponents include City Councilmen Bill de Blasio, Eric Gioia, and John Liu, along with civil rights attorney Norman Siegel.

Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum is eligible to run for re-election this year. But after strongly opposing the term limits extension- Gotbaum said she would not run for a third term.

The Nanny (Fran Drescher) for New York Senator

From U.S. News & World Report

The Nanny (Fran Drescher) for New York Senator
February 06, 2009 04:50 PM ET

By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Fran Drescher seems to have a thing for jobs that last six years. First it was The Nanny, the sitcom that ran from 1993 to 1999 and, through reruns, continues to win her fame and fortune. And if the Queens cackler gets her way, her next job could also come with a six-year term: Senator from New York. While she lost out to former Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand for the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, President Obama’s new secretary of state, the Nanny tells Whispers that she isn’t giving up her goal. “It is something that I am very seriously contemplating.”

Cancer Schmancer

Cancer Schmancer

Gillibrand is formidable. She’s a good fundraiser, and her moderate politics makes her an upstate fave for the 2010 special election. But Drescher isn’t worried. “I could set up very quickly if I throw my hat in the ring,” she says. “I feel like I can generate an interesting, and even a crossover, mix of people who would come to my support.” She received encouragement from Democratic lawmakers and donors as recently as Obama’s inauguration, when she was the house guest of Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Her pals have advised that she can hold off announcing. “I may have a little bit of time,” she tells us, “because of my celebrity component and ability to raise large amounts of money more easily.” And her New York-ness, notably her nasally laugh, is a plus, she says. “I get New York.” In the meantime, the cancer survivor who started the Cancer Schmancer Movement to urge women to be tested for cancer has been asked by the Obama team to stay on as an international women’s healthcare envoy, a position she held under George W. Bush.

Padavan Says He Emerges Stronger From Tough Race

From PolitickerNY

Padavan Says He Emerges Stronger From Tough Race
By Jimmy Vielkind

ALBANY—Even after Jim Gennaro conceded defeat in his bid to unseat State Senator Frank Padavan, the two are still bickering.

Padavan put out a statement last night  decrying Gennaro’s “negative attacks” and saying he was vindicated by a re-count showing he won by 578 votes. This morning, the Gennaro camp put out a statement (in full below) saying the Padavan camp “worked tirelessly to prevent legitimate votes cast by students and people with disabilities from being counted.”

I called Padavan to ask him for his thoughts at the end of a long, hard-fought and narrowly won campaign.

Frank Padavan

Frank Padavan

“We could go on and on in that kind of dialogue forever and not really end up anywhere,” he said. “I’m not going to get caught up in that kind of nonsense again. He tried, in a variety of ways, particularly in literature and fliers, to distort. I told him to his face that he was lying.”

Padavan’s Republican colleagues have been anxiously awaiting his arrival in the State Senate, where he will provide their conference a 30th vote (as opposed to 32 Democrats). Padavan said his first priority would be “everybody’s priority, and that’s dealing with the budget.”

In light of the bitter campaign – which Padavan said was worse than he had ever experienced – I asked if he would run again. He didn’t hesitate to say yes, and thought the race showed strength, not vulnerability.

“He spent over twice as much money as I spent, the registration is three to one in his favor, and president Obama received 70 percent of the vote in this Senate district. So despite all of those advantages, he lost,” Padavan said. “That shows, I think, a very strong position in terms of our work for the last 36 years.”

Gennaro for New York campaign spokesman Mike Barfield made the following statement today: “From election night and at every step of the recount, Frank Padavan and his Republican cronies have worked tirelessly to prevent legitimate votes cast by students and people with disabilities from being counted. “Each time Padavan and the Republican lawyers tried to prevent votes from being counted they were rebuffed and in the end thousands of valid ballots Padavan objected to were counted. “His latest statement is as out of touch with the realities of the recount as his ultra-Republican voting record is with the people of Queens. This statement is the latest example of Frank Padavan’s style: saying one thing in the district, but acting completely differently elsewhere. “Jim Gennaro ran an issue-based campaign and received more than 49% of the vote in this election. Jim has never been afraid to speak out about critical issues, whether it’s protecting New York City’s water supply or exposing Frank Padavan’s 23 votes against women’s health and safety. Now that the recount is settled, and the votes have been counted, Frank Padavan should stop the senseless political attacks and work with Sen. Smith and the new Democratic majority to address the critical issues facing New Yorkers.”

Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza: Deputy Majority Whip

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The Bay Terrace Cafe has learned that Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza has been appointed Deputy Majority Whip. This is a prestigious Assembly leadership position.

Congratulations Assemblywoman Carrozza!

Who are these people?

Tony Avella

Tony Avella

His name wasn’t mentioned but customers in the Cafe have no doubt that Tony Avella would be immediately recognizable to a large number of people.

Daily News

Pictures of Controller Thompson, Rep. Weiner hardly register with 100-plus potential voters

BY Joe Jackson, Benjamin Beim and Erin Einhorn
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Wednesday, February 4th 2009, 9:09 PM
Controller William Thompson Smith for News

Controller William Thompson
Rep. Anthony Weiner Noonan for News

Rep. Anthony Weiner

As if beating a popular, incumbent billionaire mayor weren’t hard enough, Democratic mayoral wanna-bes William Thompson and Anthony Weiner are facing another hurdle: The average New Yorker doesn’t recognize them.

Of more than 100 New Yorkers shown pictures of the two Democratic pols in downtown Brooklyn on Wednesday, most had no idea who they were.

Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson

“They look familiar. I’ve seen them, but I can’t remember their names,” said Dorothey Sanders, 49, a cook from Brownsville, typical of the randomly chosen people the Daily News interviewed.

Just 20 New Yorkers said they recognized City Controller Thompson.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Queens-Brooklyn), who finished second in the Democratic mayoral primary in 2005, did slightly better, with 29 able to identify him – but three people thought he was former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey.

Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found 54% of voters didn’t know enough about Weiner to form an opinion of him, while 69% said they didn’t know Thompson. In contrast, only 3% had no opinion of Bloomberg.

If they’re worried about their lack of star power seven months before the primary, neither candidate said so.

Read more………..

Congratulations to State Senator Frank Padavan

The Bay Terrace Cafe congratulates Frank Padavan on his reelection to the New York State Senate and wishes him continued success. Based on past performance there is no doubt that Senator Padavan will work tirelessly on behalf of all his constituents. We look forward to Senator Padavan visiting the Cafe.

Newsday.com
Padavan set to return to NY Senate

By MICHAEL VIRTANEN

Associated Press Writer

February 4, 2009

ALBANY, N.Y.

State Senator Frank Padavan wins reelection.

State Senator Frank Padavan wins reelection.

Incumbent State Sen. Frank Padavan, a Queens Republican, is expected to return as a victor to Albany next week following months of recounts and challenges in his race against Democrat James Gennaro, a New York City Council member.

Padavan says the net change in a review of 2,708 invalid ballots shows him winning by 578 votes instead of 580. A judge is scheduled to review recount results Thursday and is expected to allow the New York City Board of Elections to certify the results.

Padavan, who said he’s been staying up on issues from his district office, will be returning to a changed Senate, with Democrats holding a 32-30 majority, their first control of the chamber in 43 years.

“I feel like I’ve never been away,” he said, adding the job remains representing the people in the district.