Mayoral candidate Maya Wiley held a press conference and voter meet & greet on the Upper West Side Thursday evening. Wiley criticized rival candidate Eric Adams over recent reporting on Adams’ possible failures to properly account for real estate investments and for failing to release his tax returns.
After the press conference Wiley greeted supporters and passersby, receiving warm responses from about 15-20 people.
Council Member Helen Rosenthal, a Wiley supporter and local council member, attended the press conference at 96th and Broadway. Mark Green, the 2001 Democratic mayoral nominee and former public advocate who has endorsed Wiley, also attended the press conference. Neither Rosenthal or Green spoke during the press conference.
Our Neighbor’s Civic Association of Ozone Park hosted a Queens borough president candidate forum, drawing Jim Quinn, Donovan Richards, Elizabeth Crowley, Costa Constantinides and Anthony Miranda to one of the final forums before the March 24th special election was cancelled (and later rescheduled for June 23rd). Civic association President Joe Caruana moderated the forum.
The Bayswater Civic Association hosted a Queens borough president candidate forum, with Costa Constantinides, Jim Quinn, Anthony Miranda and Elizabeth Crowley appearing before an audience of approximately 50 people. The forum was moderated by Eugene Falik, with remarks by Bayswater Civic Association President Enid Glabman.
The 21st St. Pat’s For All parade marched up Skillman Avenue, drawing thousands of participants and spectators on a sunny March Sunday. The St. Pat’s For All parade was founded by Brendan Fay in response to the long exclusion of LGBTQ groups from the large Manhattan parade. That exclusion ended in 2016 but the St. Pat’s For All parade continues as a vibrant Irish celebration drawing enthusiastic involvement from the LGBTQ community and the Jackson Heights and Woodside neighborhoods that host the parade.
Christ Church International hosted a Queens borough president candidate forum, drawing Costa Constantinides, Anthony Miranda and Elizabeth Crowley to Jamaica on a Saturday night. The forum was co-sponsored by Faith In New York, with FINY executive director Crystal Walthall moderating. The forum also featured remarks from Christ Church International Bishop Joseph N. Williams.
Assembly Member Catalina Cruz expressed her support for Council Member Donovan Richards in the Queens borough president special election, joining Richards for a Corona press conference. Cruz described herself and Richards as close friends, noting that Richards supported her in her 2018 primary against a candidate backed by the Queens Democratic Party.
As they waited for the press conference to begin Cruz and Richards face timed with Cruz’s mother, as captured in the photo below. After seeing the photo Cruz later tweeted “[h]e calls her mi madre. She calls him mi hijo. We are more than colleagues, we’ve become family.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio enlisted rock star Billy Idol in the City’s effort at reducing motor vehicle idling, with Idol joining the mayor for a City Hall Plaza rally and press conference featuring the tag line “Billy Never Idles.”
The Rockaway Youth Task Force sponsored a Queens borough president candidate forum that featured four candidates. Anthony Miranda, Costa Constantinides, Donovan Richards and Elizabeth Crowley attended the forum at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arverne, appearing before a full house of approximately 200 people.
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.
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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.