It was a landslide for Bill de Blasio last night, as New York City elected its first Democratic mayor in two decades. There wasn’t much suspense down the ballot; local office holders Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez coasted to easy victories and will be returning to the City Council for four more years.
Judy Rapfogel, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s chief of staff, is the subject of two news stories today concerning the investigation of her husband, the former head of the Met Council on Jewish Poverty.
Following the arrest of William Rapfogel on charges that he allegedly stole funds from the Met Council, attention has shifted to his wife, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s chief of staff, as well as the Rapfogel family’s Lower East Side apartment.
Earlier this summer, a local resident started a petition drive to urge the city to add ferry service on the East River at Grand Street.
In Albany yesterday State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver apologized for his handling of the Vito Lopez sex harassment cases, but he rejected calls for his resignation. Here’s an excerpt from his remarks:
Assemblyman Vito Lopez was forced to resign his position effective today but for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver the fallout from the Albany sex harassment scandal continues. Here’s a roundup of this morning’s newspapers.
The Times notes that the “scrutiny is not over for Silver,” the longtime Lower East Side Assemblyman, who was sharply criticized for his handling of the Lopez matter:
Lower East Side Assemblyman, Speaker Sheldon Silver, woke up to a second day of bad press following yesterday’s scathing ethics reports regarding the Vito Lopez sex harassment scandal. The Daily News says it’s time for Silver to go:
In a report released today, the state ethics commission was sharply critical of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s handling of the Vito Lopez sexual harassment cases. The long-awaited report accuses Silver’s office of protecting Lopez from public scrutiny and of disregarding Assembly rules for failing to refer complaints from several employees to the legislative ethics committee.
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