City Council Speaker Christine Quinn held a fundraiser Tuesday night to support her bid for re-election later this year. Over a hundred supporters gathered at a swanky Jane Street location to contribute to her upcoming campaign.
She has become the darling of the "Hate Party of America," a blonde dragon lady who sells venom at lucrative prices then slouches towards the nearest bank, laughing all the way.
Ann Coulter, a take-no-prisoners author of the far right, has converted her vitriol into huge capital gains by churning out best-selling (if often hysterical) books, writing mean-spirited columns, and making outrageous speeches before hate crowds that adore her.
As the Monty Python players famously remarked, “No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition.” Similarly, in the Hamptons economy, which is driven by real estate, no one ever expected the kind of financial problems like those in California and Kansas. Still fewer expect the kind of dire financial problems about to hit.
The District 3 City Council seat has been a source of intense scrutiny. From prior to the Term Limits speculation about candidates, which had Brad Hoylman running against Andrew Berman and Maria Derr tagging along, we now have Christine Quinn back in the mix with Derr still tagging along. Various stragglers are in tow but, mainly, it is Quinn.
"I have a past, but I'm looking towards the future," said Project Comeback graduate Douglas Rucker as he took the stage at the TriBeCa Film Center to receive his certificate during the graduation ceremony on Friday.
Immediately after Obama's Inaugural Address most political commentators here said they were disappointed: no memorable, ringing phrases to remember, they claimed. But in our shrunken world in which the communications revolution brought Obama into millions of homes on every continent, the speech by our first black president—best-selling author, superior orator, part rock star, part teacher, part preacher—was heard around the world like no other Inaugural Address before it.
Lower East Side Activist Rob Hollander is fuming over changes made to the procedure for challenging new developments, implemented by Mayor Micheal Bloomberg and Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert Limandri. This is in response to Monday's announcement that, among other major reforms that included making diagrams of proposed buildings available online, limited the time period citizens have to challenge new buildings to 30 days.
No less reprehensible a character than Ken Starr has weighed in on the marriage equality debate, working with the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund in defending the constitutionality of the "defense of marriage" act and proposing that the 18,000+ same sex couples recently wed in California be forcibly divorced.