Time To Lead, Mr. Mayor

Just a few weeks ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio was riding a wave of popularity on the promise of change in the way the City was run. That wave has started to sputter, as poll numbers suggest. While Mayor de Blasio talked a good game while he was campaigning for the position, we feel he […]

Ulrich Good For Veterans

To The Editor: I offer my sincere congratulations to Councilmember Eric Ulrich on his new appointment as the Chairman to the Veterans Committee. It is not just a high profile position, but an opportunity to provide his vetted establishment as an already accomplished legislator to the veteran community throughout the City when it is needed […]

An Inauspicious Beginning

To The Editor: The people are best served when government operates with checks and balances. Mayor Bill de Blasio’s engineering the designation of Melissa Mark-Viverito as Speaker of the City Council tarnishes his reputation as a liberal and is an inauspicious beginning of his Mayoralty (“Mark-Viverito Named New Speaker,” Jan. 9-15, 2014).  Nor does it say […]

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 […]

Ending the Year Right

Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras had a fantastic 2013, both personally and professionally: the East Elmhurst council member who raised her profile with the battles over Willets Point and Flushing Meadows Corona Park also welcomed a new baby boy to her family hours after the polls closed for the September primary. As rumors persist that she will […]

Committee Chairs Found Under the Tree

It seems as though a certain new Mayor has been playing Santa Claus in order to get his preferred City Council Speaker. According to sources close to the situation, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has promised a number of committee leadership posts to City Council members in order to guarantee that Melissa Mark-Viverito is named Speaker […]

Mark-Viverito A Mistake

To The Editor: As a Vietnam Era Veteran who has been a resident of Queens for 36 years, and prior to that was born and raised in the Bronx, I can’t believe the NYC Council would choose Melissa Mark-Viverito as Council Speaker. A woman that refuses to pledge her allegiance to the country where so […]

Disappointment In Ulrich

To The Editor: I am extremely disappointed with Councilman Eric Ulrich’s support of Melissa Mark-Viverito as she runs for Council Speaker. The fact that he will support such an individual whom has displayed contempt for our national symbol and refused to pledge allegiance to our flag until she decided to run for Speaker is nothing […]

Speaker Seat Discussions Heat Up

Speaker Seat Discussions Heat Up

(Clockwise from left) James Vacca, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mark Weprin, Dan Garodnick, Jumaane Williams, Jimmy Van Bramer BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer For the first time in 20 years, a Democratic Mayor has the opportunity to play a leading role in selecting a new City Council Speaker. When Bill de Blasio takes office as Mayor in […]