Measuring Corporate Welfare for Amazon + The Race for City Council Speaker

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Local News


  • January’s Council Speaker race is wide open; The New York Times suggests Manhattan’s Mark Levine and Corey Johnson are frontrunners and gives insight into the politics of selecting one of the most powerful legislative positions in the city.
  • Left-leaning journalist Ross Barkan has announced a surprise run for Republican Marty Golden’s State Senate seat (District 22, southern Brooklyn). Barkan is likely to meet former Bay Ridge Democrats VP Andrew Gournades in a 2018 Democratic primary.
  • Yoni Hikind has announced a major fundraising haul in this November’s race for the 44th City Council district (Borough Park), while his Democratic opponent Kalman Yeger was caught fabricating endorsements from local elected officials.
  • Christopher Marte, who came within 222 votes of defeating incumbent Council Member Margaret Chin (District 1, Lower Manhattan) in last month’s Democratic primary, will run against her on the Independence Party line in November.
  • State Senator Michael Gianaris (Queens), head of the Democratic State Senate Campaign Committee,  met with a woman identified as a counsel to Governor Cuomo about a potential challenge to Jeff Klein (Bronx), the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) in a primary next year.
  • Michael Grimm, a former Republican Congressman who served 8 months in prison after being convicted of tax evasion, is planning to challenge Dan Donovan for his old 11th district seat (Staten Island, southwest Brooklyn) in next year’s Republican primary, and has earned Steve Bannon’s endorsement. There are seven Democrats who have so far announced their intention to compete in the Democratic primary.
  • Mayoral candidate Mike Tolkin is on a hunger strike in front of City Hall, which he is calling “going homeless,” in response to being shut out of a NY1 mayoral debate.

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