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Congressman"s dream job complicates City Council speaker"s race

The City Council speakership isn't the only leadership perch the Queens Democratic boss has on his mind. Rep. Joseph Crowley—now the chairman of the minority Democratic delegation, which is... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkNov 15th, 2017

Who won the race for City Council speaker? None of your businesses

So much for the business candidate. When the deal reportedly came together Wednesday to make Corey Johnson the next City Council speaker, Small Business Committee Chairman Robert Cornegy Jr. was in... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkDec 21st, 2017

Favorable treatment at issue in race for City Council speaker

Real estate machers, industry trade groups, city contractors and unions could win a receptive ear in the City Council—thanks to the high-powered consultants retained by the politicians looking... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkDec 3rd, 2017

Hotel workers ask: Crush Airbnb

More than any other union, the Hotel Trades Council got the new City Council speaker his job. Now it wants the council to drastically cut into the business of its enemy, Airbnb. The labor group,... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkFeb 6th, 2018

As subway goes down the tubes, business sits on its hands

The new City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, implored the city’s business community last week to get behind congestion pricing and save the transit system. This is all backward. It should have... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkFeb 4th, 2018

Council speaker gives ultimatum to state on congestion pricing, MTA reform

The new City Council speaker made his first public outreach to the private sector Tuesday—and implored it to lobby for subway-funding fees on vehicles entering Manhattan. Speaker Corey Johnson... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkJan 31st, 2018

Democratic machine pulled in real estate cash while deciding council speakership

Real estate firms pumped money into the Queens County Democratic machine in the run-up to the organization's pick of the new City Council speaker. Recent disclosures with the state Board of... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkJan 23rd, 2018

City Council elevates some business-friendly members

The City Council placed several members receptive to business interests in key positions of power Thursday. New Speaker Corey Johnson picked out a number of his centrist, establishment colleagues to... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkJan 12th, 2018

Real Estate industry ready to work with new city council speaker Corey Johnson

The newly-elected City Council speaker Corey Johnson won’t be shying away from real estate issues. Johnson, 35, was elected in an overwhelming majority by his peers January 3 to lead the governmental body. He follows outgoing speaker M.....»»

Category: realestateSource: realestateweeklyJan 10th, 2018

Real estate execs made $63,000 investment in new City Council speaker

Several high-powered real estate firms invested heavily in the political fortunes of Greenwich Village Democrat Corey Johnson, who emerged Wednesday as the apparent next speaker of the City... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkDec 21st, 2017

Council votes on flurry of real estate and construction bills

The City Council was set to pass a flurry of housing-related bills today in its final session of the year, which is the last opportunity for term-limited members, such as Speaker Melissa... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkDec 19th, 2017

Street-vendor legislation is dead

A City Council bill that would expand the curbside-cooking industry has run out of gas, despite Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's attempts to whip up support before the timer rings on her term. The... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkDec 18th, 2017

Battle brews over Marx Brothers Playground in path of AvalonBay tower

Groucho Marx once said that politics is the art of looking for trouble. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have found it in a playground named for the... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkDec 13th, 2017

Trump"s Hometown Politician Borrowed From His Playbook: Limit Press Freedom

The New York City Council Speaker abruptly limited access to the press and public to an area in the east wing of City Hall on Monday, spurring immediate backlash by the city press corps......»»

Category: topSource: newsweekDec 5th, 2017

Bold climate-change actions the next City Council speaker must take

Climate change is one of the most urgent threats facing New Yorkers. Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy brought massive storm surges and flooding and exposed deep inequities in our city’s... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkDec 3rd, 2017

City Council members of yesteryear to convene again

Some 50 former members of the City Council will descend on their old haunt after the current edition meets Thursday, Crain's has learned. An invitation from Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito's office... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkNov 14th, 2017

Teachers union ally bashes council speaker candidates over charter ties

A teachers union-backed advocacy group is trying to derail two contenders for City Council speaker because they accepted campaign contributions from charter school interests. The Alliance for... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkNov 6th, 2017

Congestion pricing, retail rent reform backed by speaker candidates

All eight candidates for City Council speaker cheered plans to charge vehicles entering the Manhattan business district and to keep commercial landlords from jacking up rents. Their comments, at a... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkNov 2nd, 2017

Council speaker candidates vow to get tougher with the mayor

The eight city councilmen running to succeed Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito vowed to further democratize the body—and some said they would be tougher with the mayor. The speaker... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkNov 1st, 2017

Crooked de Blasio donor also gave to congressman, council speaker candidate and Trump

The deep-pocketed felon who testified Thursday about how his cash bought him access to Mayor Bill de Blasio has spread his wealth around to only a few other political players—but they include a... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkOct 28th, 2017

Controversial project fractures Manhattan council race

The fate of a vacant former school auctioned off two decades ago has divided the Democrats seeking an open City Council seat in Manhattan. In 1998, the Giuliani administration sold the almost... To view the full story, click the title link......»»

Category: blogSource: crainsnewyorkSep 11th, 2017