Local Political News Roundup


Barack who? Dem. Assemblyman David Weprin, running to succeed Anthony Weiner, is reading the tea leaves of the district and seeing the shrinking vote for the Democratic presidential candidate. Accordingly, he’s keeping his endorsement options open.

No R-E-S-P-E-C-T.Brooklyn’s borough president, Marty Markowitz blocked Weprin’s GOP rival, Bob Turner, from addressing an Aretha Franklin concert in Coney Island.

LGBig Trouble: Weprin is in hot water with gay organizations and supporters after telling Vas is Neias there should be a probe of the state Legislature to see if members were coerced into voting for last month’s same-sex marriage bill.

Gonesmith. Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith is outta here, to be replaced by EPA Commissioner Caswell Holloway. Goldsmith was criticized for the city’s weak response to a December blizzard.

No good deed goes unpunished: Mayor Bloomberg’s donation of $30M to help black and Latino youth was met with skepticism by listeners to a radio show who see it as a political ploy.

That 70’s Doc: Ed Koch, Rupert Murdoch, Curtis Sliwa and others will appear in a Aug. 8 BBC documentary about a New York decade that included the fiscal crunch, the transit strike,  the Son of Sam, the blackout, Billy Martin vs. George Steinbrenner and other bits of history.


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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.