Mendola grabs support of Sopranos alumni, Golden

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Comptroller on August 7, 2009 | No Comments

Republican Comptroller candidate Joe Mendola just announced he has secured the backing of Sopranos actors Vinny Pastore and Robert Funaro along with state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) in his bid to replace Bill Thompson. Craig Eaton, chair of the Brooklyn Republican party, also backed Mendola, saying  “things have to be turned around in the City, [...]

DC 37 goes to Liu

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Comptroller on July 8, 2009 | No Comments

John Liu’s bid for comptroller received the backing of District Council 37 today, the largest municipal worker union in New York state, his campaign said. The endorsement is a big win for Liu, as the union has more than 125,000 members and 50,000 retirees in New York City alone.  Lillian Roberts, the executive director of [...]

Koch backs Katz from hospital bed

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Comptroller on July 8, 2009 | No Comments

Former Mayor Ed Koch, who is recovering from quadruple bypass surgery in a hospital in Manhattan, apparently used his spare time this afternoon to throw his weight behind City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills), who is running in a congested race for comptroller. Katz issued this statement following the endorsement: “I am both grateful and [...]

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Liu rejects Yassky’s claim of political gamesmanship in Transportation Committee

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Comptroller on July 7, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) flatly rejected claims by fellow comptroller candidate David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) that he has held up a bill sponsored by the Brooklyn councilman to stymie political gain. Yassky has asserted that the Bicycle Access to Buildings Bill, a measure he sponsored that would require office buildings to let tenants store bikes [...]

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Katz gets backing of Bronx Beep, Vallone Sr.

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Comptroller on June 23, 2009 | No Comments

City Councilwoman and Comptroller hopeful Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) picked up endorsements from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and former Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr., her campaign announced Tuesday. “The city is lucky to have so many qualified candidates running for citywide office this year, but there is no one more qualified than Melinda [...]

GOP comptroller candidate rips public advocate cuts

Posted by Stephen Stirling in City Comptroller, Public Advocate on June 22, 2009 | No Comments

Joe Mendola, a Republican candidate for city comptroller, blasted the City Council for approving large cuts to the office of Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum last week, calling the decision “a grave error.” Funding for Gotbaum’s office will be cut by about 40 percent after the City Council reached a budget deal last week — a [...]