The Mayor And The IDC

Back in January, much was reported about a possible rift between Queens County Democrats and the Mayor during Speaker and committee negotiations. Has the Mayor drawn another line in the sand? On Tuesday, Bill de Blasio threw his support behind  Independent Democratic Conference members State Sens. Tony Avella and Jeff Klein in their reelection bids. […]

Bring Civic Virtue Back To Queens

To The Editor: An open letter to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz: Last week, I was in the audience at Queens Community Board 9 and heard you speak about how the election of Bill de Blasio represented a “change” towards greater responsiveness to communities’ needs, which you said reverberated to all elected officials, including yourself. […]

Slow Start For Bill

It looks like the City budget process will get started a little later than usual this year. With Mayor Bill de Blasio slow to name his full staff, it has pushed back an important process, called “putting the City’s budget together.” At a recent Community Board 8 meeting, Councilman Rory Lancman said the Mayor asked […]

A Grand Old Time

By all accounts, Melinda Katz‘s inauguration as Borough President was a successful event that filled the LeFrak Concert Hall at Queens College. Close to 200 people were reportedly turned away to the hottest ticket in town, with appearances from Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. While everyone in […]

Time For A Change

It’s a new year, with new elected officials taking over, but government voicemails and letterhead say otherwise. According to the message when QConf called State Sen. Jose Peralta’s office late last week for comment on a story, his staff is currently away on holiday break. Over in Flushing, Community Board 7 sent out its agenda […]

Breaking News: Dante Shovels

It’s as if the world was on hold until Dante de Blasio woke up Friday morning to shovel the snow in front of the family’s Park Slope home. Schools were closed, thanks to his father, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and newly appointed Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, so what does Dante have to do? The Mayor […]

We Need A Balance

The City Council came together yesterday after a sharp divide over the last few weeks to throw its support behind Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, making her the first Latina Speaker in the City’s history. We look forward to what she has planned as the legislative body’s new leader, and we hope she stands firm in the […]

Mark-Viverito Named New Speaker

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief Bill de Blasio stated a preference for City Council Speaker from the beginning, and on Wednesday, the new Mayor got his wish. While de Blasio was in Albany on Wednesday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, the City Council unanimously supported Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan/the Bronx) as she […]

The Plot Thickens

Since we first reported that City Councilmembers were being promised prominent committee chair positions in order to vote a particular way on the Council Speaker race, more news continues to bubble. *While Mayor Bill de Blasio‘s preferred candidate, Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, continues to tout her victory, rival Dan Garodnik has kept up a “wait-and-see” approach. […]

Hoping For More Change

As the ball dropped earlier this week signifying the start of the New Year, it brought to an end a year that reshaped the landscape of the Borough and the City, and the promise of even more change looms over the horizon for 2014. The New Year is a time to reflect and learn from […]