Photo Gallery: de Blasio On Migrant Children

Mayor Bill de Blasio visited a Harlem social services agency that has custody of more than 200 children recently separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s new policy on migrants seeking asylum.  de Blasio met with staff of Cayuga Centers inside their Harlem office and then held a press conference on the sidewalk, condemning the Trump administration policy and vowing to oppose it.

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Photo Gallery: Cuomo At Evander Childs

Governor Andrew Cuomo rolled through Evander Childs High School in the Bronx as part of a series of rallies seeking to generate support for a “red flag” law.  A “red flag” law would aim to allow teachers, health professionals and others to report potentially dangerous persons for confinement and treatment with the goal of avoiding mass shootings.

Cuomo arrived at the rally on a school bus, traveling from an earlier rally on Long Island.  He was joined by several elected officials, including Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Public Advocate and attorney general candidate Tish James, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Rep. Eliot Engel and Council Members Andy King and Ritchie Torres.

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Photo Gallery: Teachout Rollout

Zephyr Teachout publicly launched her campaign for the Democratic nomination for attorney general with a press conference outside Trump Tower.  Teachout, a Fordham Law School professor and a 2014 candidate for governor, cast her campaign as centered on litigating a variety of cases against Donald Trump and his administration, going so far as trying to limit questions at this press conference to those anti-Trump efforts.

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Photo Gallery: Conservative Party Convention

The Conservative Party of New York recently selected its 2018 designated candidates for statewide office, mirroring the Republican Party with its choices of Marc Molinaro, Julie Killian, Keith Wofford and Jonathan Trichter for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller, respectively.

There was no debate and virtually no dissent as the Conservative Party selected three Republicans and a Democrat, with a bellowed “no!” to the nomination of Killian the only sign of disagreement from the 50 state committee members.

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Photo Gallery: WFP Convention

The New York Working Families Party completed its rejection of Andrew Cuomo, nominating Cynthia Nixon for governor and Jumaane Williams for lieutenant governor at its recent convention.  The WFP had endorsed Nixon and Williams in April, but those endorsements did not actually place them on the ballot as candidates.  The party held a two-part session at Harlem’s First Corinthian Baptist Church, with a formal nominating meeting in an upstairs room followed by a rally and candidate speeches in the church’s main hall.

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Photo Gallery: James AG Kickoff

New York City Public Advocate kicked off her campaign for New York State attorney general with a Brooklyn rally and brief press conference.  Appearing with about 100 supporters Wednesday James declared that she’s seeking the Democratic nomination for attorney general, but she is not seeking to be appointed by the state legislature to the roughly six month balance of former attorney general Eric Schneiderman’s term.  James has also said that she’s not seeking the Working Families Party nomination for attorney general, reportedly under pressure from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Alicandro Launches

Republican Manny Alicandro launched his campaign for attorney general last week, appearing on Wall Street in front of Federal Hall.  Alicandro’s appearance was low wattage, without a backdrop of supporters and a limited showing of party leaders with one Republican county chair, Mike Rendino of the Bronx, and two Conservative Party chairman, Tom Long of Queens and Gerard Kassar of Brooklyn joining him.

The race was transformed hours later as incumbent attorney general Eric Schneiderman suddenly resigned, shortly after The New Yorker reported on multiple allegations of assault by Schneiderman against romantic partners.  Schneiderman had been widely viewed as virtually certain to be reelected to a third term, and the Republican Party had found little interest from potential candidates.   At his launch Alicandro appeared to likely be the only candidate for the Republican and Conservative Party nominations, but additional prospective candidates have surfaced in the wake of Schneiderman’s resignation. Continue reading Alicandro Launches

Photo Gallery: Nixon at Cannabis Rally

Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon appeared at a Union Square rally following the Pro-Cannabis Parade last Saturday, urging full legalization of marijuana.  Speaking to about 1,000 people Nixon cast her support as primarily driven by racial disparity in marijuana arrests, declaring that “I want to do it first and foremost because it’s a racial justice issue.”

Legalization has moved close to, if not quite right inside, the political mainstream in recent years.  It’s still somewhat outside that mainstream with  New York elected officials however, and that distance was reflected in the paucity of electeds and candidates appearing at this rally.  Although the rally was fairly heavy on gubernatorial candidates, with Nixon, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Reform Party hopeful Joel Giambra appearing, neither Andrew Cuomo or Marc Molinaro appeared or have voiced support for full legalization.  Assembly Member Dick Gottfried, who proudly touted his 1975 bill that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana, and Council Member and candidate for lieutenant governor Jumaane Williams also spoke.

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Working Families Party For Nixon, Williams

The Working Families Party endorsed Cynthia Nixon for governor and Jumaane Williams for lieutenant governor, rejecting its 2014 path of political accommodation and instead supporting Nixon and Williams over Governor Andrew Cuomo and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.  The 2014 endorsements were contentious, with a pragmatic view of the utility of supporting Cuomo’s reelection overcoming the ideological kinship many in the party had with Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu.  Several large unions have left the WFP since then however, with 32BJ and CWA withdrawing just ahead of the Nixon endorsement.

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Democratic Rural Conference 2018

The Democratic Rural Conference drew nearly all of New York State’s major Democratic elected officials to its 2018 annual meeting, with Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, NYS Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand leading the elected attendees.  Rep. Paul Tonko, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, NYS Senator Michael Gianaris, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and NYC Council Member and candidate for lieutenant governor Jumaane Williams also attended.  The DRC is composed of Democrats from small counties who for the past 20 years have worked jointly to increase their impact in state politics.

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