Weekend Peek-In: Pre-Primary Report (Updated)
Kevin Powell, whose challenge for Ed Towns' Congressional seat is covered in the current Voice, unveiled a lengthy policy statement on Friday. It proposes legislation that would give high school students "paid internships that will earn them college credits and income," reduce the impact of negative credit reports on subprime borrowers and others, and mandate a "one year moratorium on foreclosures for owner-occupied homes." He also calls for an environmental impact statement on the Atlantic Yards project (though a draft EIS already exists*), recommends his own book, The Black Male Handbook: A Blueprint for Life, etc. In the Brooklyn Paper a Towns spokesman calls Powell's ideas "grandiose" and "empty" and compares them with "another 7,000-word rant on HuffingtonPost.com."
(*Update: Daniel Goldstein of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn corrects our spelling of EIS, and informs us that the statement was approved in December 2006, and unsuccessfully challenged by DDDB and others. An appeal is pending.)
Noticing New York, for whom the development of Atlantic Yards is an issue, worried about Daniel Squadron because the young progressive contending for Martin Connor's State Senate seat is endorsed by prominent AY development supporters and wets (Schumer, Bloomberg, etc). But after months of asking, NNY finally got a response from a Squadron campaign advisor, who says the candidate "supports a moratorium on state aide [sic] for the Atlantic Yards project," and "has pledged not to accept any contributions linked to the developer of Atlantic Yards."
In the New York Daily News, Bob Kappstatter directs attention to the subtext of some Bronx primary races: a "Rainbow Rebellion" insurgency of some youngbloods challenging the authority of Bronx Democratic chief and Assemblyman Jose Rivera. The Rebellion, which the Daily News says picked up strength in August, is backing candidates for State Senate and Civil Court as well as Party delegate, committee, and district leader slots to flex their muscle. Rivera has already hit back at Rebel Assemblyman Michael Benjamin with a bilingual letter to Benjamin's Morrisania constituents, claiming the Assemblyman "has ignored the needs of our community as Latino people." Benjamin faces Sigfredo Gonzalez in the primary.
Mayor Bloomberg has had his problems with Queens Republican State Senator and GOP chief Serphin Maltese, but these are apparently in abeyance, as the Mayor now endorses Maltese as "the best person to represent Queens and New York City" in the State Senate, reports the New York Post. Queens Crap takes a contrary view. Maltese is expected to face Democratic Council Member Joseph Addabbo in November.
Both the Post and the Daily News run editorials today endorsing Paul Newell -- or, rather, demanding the ouster of Sheldon Silver ("Dump Sheldon Silver" and "Toss Shelly," respectively) -- in Tuesday's primary.