John Liu's prospects for mayor have gotten even bleaker than his polling numbers. Politicker reports that in a meeting this morning at the Campaign Finance Board, Liu was denied over $3.5 million in matching funds because of fundraising violations. The money is a part of the city's matching funds program for candidates.
Chair Joseph Parkes explained the ruling from a statement, saying the Board cited evidence of “serious and pervasive” potential violations “across the campaign’s fundraising. “There is reason to believe that violations of … Board rules have been committed by his campaign."
Gotham Gazette sat down with the current Democratic mayoral frontrunner Christine Quinn. The speaker of the City Council talked about a wide range of topics including the racial-profiling ban, the Upper East Side waste transfer station and the next speaker of the City Council.
GG: You've had a couple of dances yourself with the mayor. What qualities do you want in whoever succeeds you as speaker?
CQ: I want for the next speaker to be someone who really believes in and respects the institution. I hope the next speaker shares my belief that you get more done working with the mayor than being constantly in disagreement with the mayor just for the sake of disagreement. But I know whoever the next speaker will be, they'll be someone who when we can't agree, we'll disagree agreeably.
Bill de Blasio is continuing to champion his message of a "tale of two cities" to highlight inequality in New York City. TheNew York Times has an article about de Blasio's call to address inequalities in housing, early childhood education and police tactics.
“We are not, by our nature, an elitist city,” he told a group of young Democrats a few nights ago at a cramped bar in Brooklyn. “We are not a city for the chosen few.”