There’s a new dynamic duo in town.While Mayor Eric Adams and City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams share a lot – a history of relatively moderate politics, a southeast Queens alma mater, a last name and even, according to them, love for each other – lately, the two have drifted increasingly far apart on policy. If Speaker Adams has a strong partner in government these days, it’s Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Speaker Adams corralled the council’s rank-and-file to deliver a decisive override of Mayor Adams’ vetoes of two bills sponsored by Williams that passed the council late last year. Mayor Adams’ aggressive campaign against those bills didn’t measure up to the council’s solidarity and the speaker and public advocate’s own passionate campaign in favor of the bills.
Steven James -
It’s always great to get a new job, especially when it makes you the boss. The governor nominated Steven James, a 32-year veteran of the State Police, to serve as the superintendent of the agency. The state Senate still needs to confirm him to the position, but he got to work immediately as the acting head. His first order of business was to remove the old top brass in order to make room for his own picks. James wasted no time either – the leadership changes came within hours of his nomination and promotion to acting superintendent. Nothing quite says “I’m in charge” like immediately installing your people into top positions at the agency.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams fought hard to veto two law enforcement bills then he lost hard when the City Council overrode both attempts. If that wasn’t enough to make for a rough week, the mayor’s preliminary progress update for the year showed dismal wait times for cash assistance and other flagging metrics for agency performance. Oh and a sweeping joint investigation from three news organizations found evidence of an illegal practice at the center of the probes in Adams’ 2025 political contributions.
Jeremy Cohan -
Eyeball emoji bigtime! The New York City DSA has been quietly fighting a complaint brought by a state elections watchdog who says they didn’t properly document their campaign committee that supported candidates in 2022. The New York Times broke the story last week, reporting the technicality could cost the DSA some $300,000, completely draining their coffers. Political columnist Ross Barkan later noted that state BOE watchdog Michael L. Johnson formerly worked for then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo and was counsel to the Assembly – long-time members of which have been challenged and unseated by the DSA. Jeremy Cohan, who was co-chair of the New York City chapter throughout all this, has mused aloud about the state BOE’s political motives.
Jamaal Bowman -
Perhaps a few alarm bells are ringing for Rep. Jamaal Bowman’s reelection campaign. Challenger George Latimer, Westchester County executive, raised far more money than Bowman did in the latest fundraising hall, and Latimer is racking up endorsements from a long list of Democratic committees in the district. Also, Bowman may have once been a 9/11 truther? Recent reporting found that Bowman previously promoted conspiracy theories about 9/11 on his personal blog roughly a decade ago.