The New Visions Democratic Club hosted a Queens Borough president candidate forum Monday night in Jackson Heights featuring five candidates. Council Member Costa Constantinides, former Council member Elizabeth Crowley, Anthony Miranda, Jim Quinn and Council Member Donovan Richards spent nearly two hours answering questions from moderator Ross Barkan and, briefly, from each other. An audience of approximately 100 people attended. The forum was co-sponsored by the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, the JFK Democratic Club and the South Asian Democratic Alliance.
The special election, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Melinda Katz upon her taking office as the Queens district attorney, is on March 24th with early voting beginning March 14th. The winner will serve through December 31, 2020, with the remaining year in the four year term to be filled in the November 2020 general election.
Liberal activist and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout endorsed congressional candidate Erica Vladimer in Vladimer’s race to defeat Rep. Carolyn Maloney, joining Vladimer for a Monday press conference outside Trump Tower. A Democrat, Maloney was first elected to Congress in 1992. Vladimer is one of several Democrats expected to challenge Maloney in a June primary.
Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Council Member Carlina Rivera and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams joined Council Member Diana Ayala for the annual Three Kings Day parade held Monday in Ayala’s East Harlem district. Marking the Feast of the Epiphany, the date that tradition holds Jesus was baptized and then visited by three wise men, or kings, the parade is sponsored by El Museo del Bario.
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Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new plan to “end long-term street homelessness in New York City over the next five years” with a presentation and press conference at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village. de Blasio was joined by more than a dozen religious and civic leaders, including Archbishop of New York Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Rev. Al Sharpton, pastor of the Christian Cultural Center Rev. A.R. Bernard, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Imam Dr. Tahir Kukaj of the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center, Jewish Community Relations Council executive director Michael Miller, Catholic Charities executive director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan and the Rev. Que English.
Mayor de Blasio was also joined by Deputy Mayor Raul Perea-Henze and Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks. After a presentation which included remarks by Rev. Sharpton, Rabbi Potasnik, Rev. Bernard and Cardinal Dolan, the Mayor held a lengthy press conference.
The annual commemoration of the crash of American Airlines Flight #587 was held Tuesday in Rockaway, with mourners gathering for a ceremony centered around a bell ringing and minute of silence marking the exact moment of the crash followed by a reading of the names of the 265 victims. The flight was headed from JFK to the Dominican Republic and the passengers were predominantly Dominican and Dominican-American. Five of the victims were Rockaway residents killed by the falling aircraft.
The cold wet windswept morning brought an added dose of misery to the attendees remembering the lost, with the temperature falling through the 40’s as a light rain fell. There were fewer attendees than recent years, due perhaps to both the weather and the gradual fading that passing years brings, but the memorial remains a deeply sad annual moment in the City’s civic life, resurfacing the attendees’ grief as they gather to focus on their lost family and friends and recall the shock of tragedy as the City struggled to recover from the September 11th attacks that had just occurred.
Like countless previous New York parades the 2019 Veterans Day Parade featured many New York elected officials, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. In a first, however, it also included an adjacent appearance by the U.S. president, as President Donald Trump spoke at the pre-parade ceremony in Madison Square Park. Trump departed immediately after the pre-parade ceremony, however, and did not attend or march in the parade. Mayor de Blasio attended the pre-parade ceremony, but Gov. Cuomo did not.
The 2019 Columbus Day Parade featured plenty of marching politicians, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Cuomo and de Blasio proudly display their Italian heritage and are regulars at the parade celebrating that heritage, but they continued their parade practice of studiously avoiding one another.
NYS Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy brought his anti-impeachment tour to Newburgh Thursday, holding a rally outside the office of Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. An enthusiastic supporter of President Trump, Langworthy launched a series of pro-Trump rallies around the state in a Staten Island appearance Monday, with a focus on appearing in congressional districts that Republicans believe they have a reasonable prospect of taking in 2020.
New York State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy kicked off his “stop the madness” tour Monday with a rally outside the Staten Island district office of Rep. Max Rose. Rose, a Democrat who defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Dan Donovan in 2018, recently voiced support for a House impeachment inquiry. While his district has more enrolled Democrats than Republicans it has frequently gone for Republicans. Langworthy says he’ll be touring the state to rally supporters in opposition to both an impeachment inquiry and impeachment of Donald Trump, all with an eye on potentially competitive House districts.
Langworthy was joined by Staten Island Republican Chairman Brendan Lantry, NYS Conservative Party Chairman Jerry Kassar and 30-40 supporters. No elected officials attended. The attendees and speakers were fervently pro-Trump and anti-Rose, with no apparent concerns for recent revelations of the president’s problematic conduct.
The County Committee of the Democratic Party of the County of New York held its biannual organizational meeting Thursday, electing its officers in a raucous 90 minutes amid hundreds of chanting and shouting county committee members. The highly structured organizational meeting was in reality rather disorganized, with a lengthy delay to the start and mid-meeting disputes as the organizers were pressed to follow the party’s rules.
A “donut mile,” a 1 mile race that included eating a donut before each quarter mile, was held in Red Hook in memory of a cyclist recently killed in a car crash. About 25 runners met at the track in Red Hook Park on September 25th for the oddball race honoring Jose Alzorriz, a runner and triathlete killed in a car crash while riding his bike in Midwood on August 11, 2019. Organizer Jonathan Cane reported the race had raised more than $3,000 for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue.