Bronx Political Round Up: CM Palma Seethes

One Unhappy Councilwoman

Councilmember Annabel Palma

Councilmember Annabel Palma

Term-limited Soundview Council Member Annabel Palma is reportedly pistol hot after Bronx Democratic County chairman Assemblyman Marcos Crespo poured cold water on her desire to run for State Senate, if Rev. Ruben Diaz gets elected to her City Council post. The tipster says Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda — who one party insider described as lusting after Diaz’ seat — is on-deck to move up to Albany’s upper chamber. Palma supposedly gets Sepulveda’s assembly seat as her consolation prize.

The source who requested anonymity described it as a “take it or leave it” offer where Palma was essentially told to wait her turn.   The source says CM Palma, the outgoing dean of the Bronx City Council delegation, is still seething. This news comes at a time when the Bronx Democratic Party is under fire for failing to support any women candidates for the vacant Council seats in the Bronx. Two of the council districts are presently represented by term-limited women.


GOP Public Advocate Candidate Polanco Wows Queens Village Club

Reporter/blogger/videographer John Kenny called newly minted Public Advocate candidate Juan Carlos “JC” Polanco’s speech to the Queens Village Republican Club was the best candidate speech he has witnessed this year. It was high praise for the former NY Yankees batboy. See the speech here and here.


Bronx Attorney Appointed  to Joint Commission on Public Ethics

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has appointed Bronx attaorney Marvin Ray Raskin to serve on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE). The Commission oversees compliance by public officers with ethics laws and by lobbyists with the state laws that govern lobbying in order to avoid conflicts of interest on the part of those holding elected office or public employment in the State of New York.

In 2015, Raskin served as a member of Bronx D.A. Darcel Clark’s 37-member transition team. He also served as a Bronx County assistant district attorney from 1972 to 1977 before establishing his own practice in 1977. Raskin has held a number of posts in the Bronx County Bar Association, including president and chairman of the board.


Randy Abreu, Council candidate, CD 14

Randy Abreu, Council candidate, CD 14

Abreu Opens Campaign Office

On this past Saturday afternoon, Randy Abreu – a lawyer running in the September 12 Democratic primary for New York City Council District 14 – opened his campaign office at 10 W. Kingsbridge Road. This week, Abreu was endorsed by the Working Families Party. Abreu is challenging two-term incumbent, CM Rev. Fernando Cabrera.


Communications Workers Explain Non-endorsement in CD 18

Last week, an alert political operative noticed that the union CWA1 made no endorsement in Council District 18 where state Sen. Ruben Diaz and several others are vying to replace term-limited CM Annabel Palma.

In response to a Bronx Chronicle inquiry, Bob Master, Assistant to the Vice President, CWA District One stated in an email, “The committee simply could not come to an agreement on a preferred candidate, even though there are a number of qualified candidates in the race.” Challengers take heart.


Where in the World is Assemblyman Michael Blake

This week, the peripatetic assemblyman and DNC Vice Chair was in the Bronx where he delivered Monroe College’s 2017 Commencement Address.


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