2013 Mayoral Race
Thursday, January 17, 2013
By Tim Clifford
SchoolBook's regular contributor, and English teacher, lays out the educational landscape in New York City, replete with competing candidates and unresolved issues that will define 2013, and beyond, for the city schools.
Monday, January 14, 2013
By Anna Sale
Former MTA chairman Joe Lhota says he plans to formally enter the mayor's race this week. Lhota resigned from the MTA at the end of last year to explore a campaign, and he told reporters in Manhattan today that he's ready to take the next step.
Friday, October 05, 2012
Next Friday is the last chance to switch your party affiliation in New York City for an election that's almost a year away.
Monday, September 17, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
Education is always a political issue in New York City. The public schools are run by the mayor, and the city has a strong and powerful teachers union. There are also a few other well-organized groups that are pushing for different education reforms. We've made a guide to who's who in schoolyard politics.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The field of candidates looking to run for mayor next year took the stage on Tuesday for the first time to as a group. The event was a conference on the current state and potential future of minority and women-owned businesses (MWBEs) in the city.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch is reportedly leaving the door open for a 2013 mayoral run.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Former Mayor Ed Koch is, in his typical outspoken style, upfront about his choice for mayor in 2013. He sized up the potential field — focusing on who he thinks can keep the city on track.
Friday, May 18, 2012
While they are duking it out with the city at the policy level, the public school unions are also hoping to kick it up on the political front, as part of a new coalition, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, that plans to weigh in on the 2013 mayoral race. The group was formed to counter StudentsFirstNY, which has said it will inject $10 million a year, raised from hedge fund managers and venture capitalists, into the race to press for more policies like those adopted under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has been an earlier leader in the polls for mayor. But a new Quinnipiac University survey finds Kelly behind the top three Democratic contenders in head-to-head match ups.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating among voters remains below 50 percent according to a new NY1-Marrist Poll. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who will likely run to replace Bloomberg next year, gained on her rivals, capturing the support of nearly a third of those polled.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
A new Quinnipiac University poll is out and you know what that means: a new 2013 mayoral candidate question.
According to the poll, Council Cpeaker Christine Quinn continues to be the favorite of those polled, with 25 percent saying if they had to pick a candidate today, she'd be it.
Before we get to the rest of the numbers, it's worth noting two things about the poll. One, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was not included as a potential candidate, unlike previous Quinnipiac surveys. And two, the continued troubles Comptroller John Liu has had over his campaign's fundraising practices.
Given both those, who appears to win from both situation? Former Comptroller Bill Thompson, followed by Speaker Quinn. Let's take a look at this poll's numbers, side-by-side the last poll in December.
To be fair, everyone did a little bit better. It will be interesting to see what the numbers look like when they drop Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz's name from the list.
Also in the poll voters were asked if they believed Comptroller Liu should resign. A plurality--44 percent--said no, even as the number that said yes climbed significantly to 33 percent.
“Who should move into City Hall when Mayor Bloomberg moves out? Council Speaker Christine Quinn tops the list of usual suspects and has an impressive job approval,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement. “After the drum-beat of negative news, Comptroller John Liu’s job approval numbers are tepid, but New Yorkers don’t think he should quit.”
The poll surveyed 964 New York City voters between March 6 and 11. Its margin of error is plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. Both land lines and cell phones were used.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
With reporting from WNYC's Bob Hennelly
UPDATE: New York City's comptroller says he plans to reassess whether to run for office in 2013 following the arrest of his campaign treasurer in a continuing probe of the Democrat's fundraising efforts.
Comptroller John Liu said, "We are going to sort through this stuff and figure out what the next course of action will be."
Liu, considered a potential candidate to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg, faced a throng of reporters Tuesday night, wanting to know if the arrest of a key player in his campaign had derailed his plans for 2013.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Add an official website to the list as proof: www.billthompsonformayor.com The former city comptroller and 2009 mayoral candidate unveiled his official 2013 website today. Unfortunately the site is giving a long error message when trying to be accessed so a picture of it isn't really possible--check out www.billthompsonformayor.com to see it when it's back up.
[ “According to the web master, so many people clicked in to view www.billthompsonformayor.com that the web site host could not handle the sheer volume. The site is live again," said Tom Butler, a Thompson spokesperson.]
“Over the next two years I hope to build a campaign of ideas and advance a long-overdue discussion on the challenges facing our great city,” Thompson said in a statement about the site.. “It's clear that we need compelling and innovative approaches to our most pressing concerns: jobs, education, public safety, affordability, transportation and more.”
So far Thompson is the only candidate besides Manhattan Media publisher Tom Allon to officially declare his intention. New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the current city comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer are all likely competitors for the seat as well.
Friday, January 20, 2012
The New York City press corps waited excitedly for embattled Comptroller John Liu’s latest campaign finance report. On top of a sort of a schadenfreude-like desire to see just how bad Liu got hurt by his fundraising scandal, reporters also anticipated the list of other bundlersthe Comptroller had been so reticent to reveal.
They were rewarded this week when the semi-annual filings came due on January 17. Within hours the world saw the list of intermediaries, who “bundle” multiple donations together on behalf of a candidate. The infamous Pan, who is accused of trying to help an FBI agent posing as a wealthy donor to skirt campaign finance laws, was there among them.
And so was Queens Assemblywoman Grace Meng.
Seeing Meng’s name might have surprised some observers; it was the understandable but ultimately unfair negative association the term “bundler” has received, especially when connected with the Liu campaign.
“The issue is not that he used intermediaries, because intermediaries are built into the law. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have forms to register and such,” said political consultant Michael Tobman, who has worked with Meng since her 2008 primary. “The issue is who called, how much pressure, what was said, and where were the calls made.”
All the potential 2013 Democratic candidates use intermediaries. Council Speaker Christine Quinn actually has more listed in her campaign filings than John Liu. Even so, Meng’s name appearing in Liu’s filing stood out.
For those who know Meng’s history, the real surprise was that she was helping Liu at all.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
With all the 2013 periodic filings in, WNYC's John Keefe has updated our map to show where candidates have been raising funds over the past year.
It's interesting to see the top tier candidates pulling big bucks from the Mill Basin/Marine Park section of Brooklyn--one of the borough's wealthier areas, and decidedly conservative. Only Liu has really avoided the area.
Also, it's fun to pull back and go upstate to see the fundraising drive of all the candidates marching up the Hudson River.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The city and state’s semi-annual campaign finance filings were due this week. In the city, the Mayoral candidates fiscal pictures were the primary focus. As Mirela Iverac reported for WNYC yesterday, City Council speaker Christine Quinn continued to dominate her potential rivals for the Democratic nod. The Speaker is now quickly approaching a point of inertia after becoming the first candidate to raise more than what the campaign finance spending limit during a primary would allow. Quinn’s haul over the last six months was more than $482,000.
But the real story here starts with John Liu, who observers were watching to see how much an impact the fundraising scandal has hurt his efforts. The answer, it seems, is significantly.