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.


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.

Queens GOP Got Screwed by Mike

The Queens Republican Party has finally realized they were screwed by Mike. Maybe this time they’ll have enough backbone to let Bloomberg know he’s not welcome in the GOP.

It's Time to Fix the Elephant

It's Time to Fix the Elephant

From the NY Post



Last updated: 2:22 am
February 9, 2009
Posted: 1:50 am
February 9, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg’s on-and-off courtship of Republicans was on again yesterday, but they were not returning the love.

He greeted winning essayists at an Abraham Lincoln bicentennial dinner sponsored by the Queens Village Republican Club, but got a tepid response from members still stung by his 2007 defection from the party.

“He has a lot of issues that he has to address,” said Queens Republican Party Chairman Phil Ragusa. “And I don’t think the regular Republicans are ready to endorse.”

Bloomberg was a lifelong Democrat before running for mayor twice as a Republican, then becoming an independent.

Republicans are also unhappy over his decision to raise property taxes and to trash term limits in pursuit of four more years in City Hall.

Club members grumbled about his appearance days before the event.

“You can’t disinvite a mayor,” read one e-mail. “Anyway, he’s coming only for the nonpartisan essay-contest portion and then leaving, thank God.

He’ll get the message that he’s not welcome.”


From NY Daily News

40 years ago, snow caught Queens – and Lindsay – by surprise

BY Owen Moritz

Monday, February 9th 2009, 3:45 AM
Mayor John Lindsay touring Queens after the Blizzard of ’69. AP

Mayor John Lindsay touring Queens after the Blizzard of ’69.

The forecast was for flurries.

Just one day later, as New Yorkers dug out from 20 inches of snow, the reality set in: dozens killed, the borough of Queens crippled, the mayor buried beneath a blizzard of insults.



Forty years ago this week, New York City was pounded by the storm that nobody expected: 15 inches in Central Park and 5 more at Kennedy Airport, one of the worst on record.

Television meteorologists predicted only a chance of snow before the flakes began falling Feb. 9, 1969.

Instead, a ferocious storm blew in. Schools closed for three days, mail service disappeared and Queens was cut off from the other boroughs.

Forty-two people died, half of them in Queens. The snowstorm quickly became a political firestorm, with angry New Yorkers hurling insults like snowballs at beleaguered Mayor John Lindsay.

In Kew Gardens, Queens, the mayor was booed after exiting a city truck.

“You should be ashamed of yourself,” a woman yelled. “It’s disgusting.”

In Fresh Meadows, a woman called the mayor a bum. On Horace Harding Blvd., Lindsay entered a pharmacy to call City Hall. When he exited, 200 people taunted him with a Queens version of the Bronx cheer. Lindsay listened, ordering “all available manpower and apparatus” sent to the borough for snow removal. And later that winter, at the slightest forecast of snow, crews were called out on overtime.

The storm exposed the sorry state of the city’s snow-fighting equipment.

For decades later, residents still remember the wicked winter blast.

“We tried walking up a hill on Henley Road and you couldn’t walk,” Tony Buflione, 87, of Jamaica recalled this week. “You walked up 10 feet and fell back 20 feet.”

Related Daily News Article published in 1998…………

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


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!