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From Three Boroughs, New Gay Councilmen

From Three Boroughs, New Gay Councilmen

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as the September 10 Democratic primary spelled defeat for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York’s leading LGBT elected official, the results catapulted three gay men into roles as rising political stars. In the race to succeed Quinn in Council District 3, which encompasses Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and the West […]

Thompson Clings to Hope of a Runoff

Thompson Clings to Hope of a Runoff

BY ANDY HUMM | As the Democratic nominee for mayor in 2009, former City Comptroller William “Billy” Thompson came within five points of beating Republican-Independent Michael Bloomberg. That despite Bloomberg’s having steamrolled a City Council repeal of the term limits law voted for twice by the electorate and the Democrat being outspent 10 to one by […]

Quinn Rallies Hundreds at Stonewall Four Days Ahead of Primary

Quinn Rallies Hundreds at Stonewall Four Days Ahead of Primary

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | With video at the conclusion.

Anti-Marriage Equality Religious Group Now Battles LGBT Council Candidates

Anti-Marriage Equality Religious Group Now Battles LGBT Council Candidates

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Three gay and lesbian City Council candidates –– one incumbent and two newcomers –– are facing organized opposition in the September 10 Democratic primary from a religious right coalition that held rallies against marriage equality over a period of at least seven years. The City Action Coalition PAC –– an independent expenditure group […]

VIDEO: Spirited Exchange, Some Sharp Contrasts in Johnson-Kurland Council Debate

VIDEO:  Spirited Exchange, Some Sharp Contrasts in Johnson-Kurland Council Debate

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | In a spirited debate frequently punctuated by cheers, boos, and catcalls from the audience, the candidates who are seeking the City Council seat held by Speaker Christine Quinn for the past 14 years faced off for roughly 90 minutes. “I think 14 years is a long time to be representing a district,” […]

Our Choices for City Council, Public Advocate, Manhattan Borough President

Our Choices for City Council, Public Advocate, Manhattan Borough President

ENDORSEMENTS | City Council: The District 3 City Council race, for the seat held the past 14 years by Speaker Christine Quinn, pits two passionate and energetic LGBT contenders against each other for what has often been dubbed “the gay seat.” Yetta Kurland is an attorney who has won some impressive civil rights victories in her […]

Ritchie Torres: Building on a Progressive Moment in the Bronx

Ritchie Torres: Building on a Progressive Moment in the Bronx

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | “As a young man of color, I can say that there is a crisis of young men in our society,” said Ritchie Torres, himself 25 but with nearly eight years experience doing staff work for the City Council. “There are hundreds of thousands of young men who do not work, who do […]

Yetta Kurland: Bold in Vision, Spare on Details

Yetta Kurland: Bold in Vision, Spare on Details

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Spend just 90 minutes with Yetta Kurland and she will describe herself many different ways. She is “a community activist, a civil rights attorney,” a “tenant’s rights attorney,” a “small business owner,” a “civil litigator,” and “an educator.” These are only some of the titles that Kurland used in an interview with […]

Boro Prez Candidates Square Off on… and at NYU

Boro Prez Candidates Square Off on… and at NYU

BY KAITLYN MEADE | “Education, jobs, affordable housing” was the mantra that candidates for Manhattan borough president stuck to at a recent debate on the campus of New York University. All four Democratic candidates appeared comfortable in their skins at the August 7 event, settling in for what one of them called their 538th debate in […]

De Blasio’s Wife Caught in Firestorm Over Comments about Quinn’s Empathy for Moms

De Blasio’s Wife Caught in Firestorm Over Comments about Quinn’s Empathy for Moms

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A heated dust-up between one of the Democratic mayoral candidates and the wife of another –– which played out in response to a column by a prominent woman at the New York Times –– is a reminder that women in politics can face questions that simply would not be put to their […]

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