Tuesday, February 5, 2013

NYC Politics: Have Campaign Consultants Shut Down New Ideas

Campaign 2013

NYP Call For A Battle of Ideas in the Mayor's Race
A two-party town(NYP) Democrats outnumber Republicans 6-to-1 in Gotham. So why would anyone fight for the GOP nomination for mayor? Two reasons: First, New Yorkers haven’t elected a mayor running on the Democratic line since David Dinkins in 1989 (and we know how that turned out). By contrast, two of the city’s last three substantive mayors — Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg — won as Republicans. So far, the Democrats have limited their “boldness” to saying which achievements of their predecessors (low crime, mayoral control of schools, etc.) they’re willing to maintain. The Republican challenge is to force the debate into how New York should move to the next level of reform.

Today's Pols Never Say Anything That Has Not Been Written By Campaign Consultants
Ed Koch Never Dodged Questions - (ABC News) What Mayoral Candidate Tells You What He or She Thinks?

Brooklyn DA hopeful Ken Thompson returns $5k campaign d(NYDN)Brooklyn District Attorney hopeful Ken Thompson is among a handful of local pols who took campaign cash from a top private prison company official that was fined by state regulators.

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn on how she would have fared against ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani in 1992: “I would have kicked his ass.”

It looks like Bronx Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson will indeed run for the seat held by outgoing City Councilwoman Helen Foster, as she registered a campaign committee for the bid yesterday.

The GOP chairs in NYC can’t agree on a consensus candidate for mayor, and seem resigned to the fact that there will be a primary this fall.

mapNew City Council Lines Announced(NYO)
Mark-Viverito’s plight, and other redistricting insights (CrainsNY)

Campaign 2013

Another Hospital to Close 
Where Are the Pols Protesting?
One Cannot Stop Wondering if the Large Hospitals Anticipating Be Cuts From Washington Are Behind All These Hospitals Closings
Exclusive: Long Island College Hospital top official will push for Closing (NYDN) Long Island College Hospital is a goner if its top official gets his way. SUNY Downstate Medical Center president Dr. John Williams will recommend at a meeting Thursday of state officials the Cobble Hill meeting Cobble Hill hospital shut doors