Bronx Political Round Up, July 3

Mayor de Blasio Fundraises off Trump & Malliotakis

This week, Mayor de Blasio emailed supporters a fundraising appeal using President Donald Trump and presumptive Republican mayoral nominee Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis as his foils. Supporters are asked to “Chip in $3 to Mayor de Blasio’s re-election campaign … as a way of saying you will do your part to ensure Donald Trump and Nicole Malliotakis do not have a chance to take New York City backward.”

The email claimed that “shortly after his election, President Trump called the Chairman of the New York Republican Party [Ed Cox] with a simple directive: Beat Bill de Blasio.”

‘NOT SO FAST’ says Dem Challenger Albanese

But not so fast says Democrat Sal Albanese, an ex-councilman from Brooklyn who is challenging de Blasio in the September 12 Democratic primary. On Twitter, Albanese tweeted, “as predicted [de Blasio] is attempting to avoid me in primary by framing the campaign as DEB vs Malliotakis -Trump! NOT SO FAST”

 

  The following day Albanese warned that de Blasio’s “electoral strategy is pivot 2 Malliotakis whose record makes her unelectable in NYC & 2 desperately avoid my primary challenge.”  

Last month, Albanese was endorsed by the Reform Party.

Sen. Diaz Calls for Commuter Tax to Fund Subway Repairs

Senator Ruben Diaz wrote a What You Should You Know calling for the reinstatement of the commuter tax to help pay for MTA subway repairs. Diaz wrote, “people who don’t live in New York City and come here to work and shop, expect for us to host them so they can take advantage of our municipal services, which include our failing subway system” should pay their fair share.

“If we reinstate the Commuter Tax, people from Long Island, Westchester, and Upstate New York who come to New York and use our transportation system can help to pull their fair share of the burden,” he concluded.

The commuter tax was repealed in May 1999 in a desperate attempt by Democrats to win a state senate contest. The bid failed.

New Face Enters Crowded Council District 18 Fray

Eisley Constantine is the latest to register as a candidate for District 18. The NYC Campaign Finance Board lists Constantine as a non-participant (who missed the June 12 deadline to join the  $6-$1 donor matching funds program). 
Malliotakis Rallies with Concannon at Queens Diner

Republican New York City mayoral candidate, Nicole Malliotakis with City Council candidate, Joe Concannon. Credit: Joe For NY

Republican New York City mayoral candidate, Nicole Malliotakis with City Council candidate, Joe Concannon. Credit: Joe For NY

Republican New York City mayoral candidate, Nicole Malliotakis joined Queens City Council (CD23) candidate, Joe Concannon, Sunday morning at 10 am for a rally at Bagels & Co. at the corner of 188 Street and Union Turnpike.  All across New York City, the Republican Party is taking a stand for new moral leadership in New York City.

This Week in Endorsements

Twitter @AndyKingNYCBronx elected officials and leaders of the Bronx Democratic Party announced their support for Fidel Gomez for Civil Court Judge in the First Municipal Court District of Bronx County. If elected, Mr. Gomez become the first male of Dominican heritage to serve in the Bronx Civil Court.

City Council Members Rafael Salamanca, Annabel Palma, and Ritchie Torres (oddly referred to as representing the Bronx’s full Puerto Rican Council delegation) endorsed Diana Ayala in District 8 for the September 12 Democratic primary.

Not to be outdone, Comptroller Scott Stringer announced his support for Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez in his campaign to represent the 8th council district.

SEIU1199, 32BJ and Local 372 formally endorsed Councilman Andy King  as he seeks re-election in District 12 this coming September.

Best of Bronx Political Tweets

Councilman @AndyKingNYC #shooting4peace with kids and young adults in the Bronx pic.twitter.com/gciBgBbiK7

 

 

   

 

Where in the World is Michael Blake?

In Southeast Queens for a #DemsResist DNC event hosted by Rep. Greg Meeks. Get ready for July 15th at ResistSummer.com.

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 Where The Pols Are, July 4th Weekend Edition

Saturday, July 1 – Monday, July 3, 2017

Governor Cuomo is in the New York City area.

Mayor de Blasio will be in New York City. There are no public events scheduled.

Comptroller Scott Stringer has no publicly scheduled events.

Public Advocate James has no publicly scheduled events for July 1 thru July 3, 2017.

Upcoming Political Events

July 8 – District 18 Council candidate Amanda Farias has a fundraiser at the Bronx Brewery, 856 E 136th Street, Bronx. 6-9PM. $28

July 11 – Assemblyman Michael Blake hosts his New York City Summer reception on from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Solomon and Kuff in Harlem at 2331 12th Avenue.

July 20 – Bronx Democratic County Committee annual dinner, Marina del Rey, 1 Marina Drive, Bronx. 6-11PM.

 

 

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