Why would reform groups that had once favored non-partisan municipal elections campaign against the concept when it was put before the voters of NYC in 2003? That was what puzzled Francis S. Barry who served on the commission that developed the referendum. His search for the answer led to “The Scandal of Reform,” a book published by Rutgers University Press in 2009 that helps us understand the role of reform organizations in NY City and NY State politics.
It was my pleasure to interview Barry, who currently serves as Senior Policy and Communications Advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, for the Empire Page. A link to the interview can be found on the home page or in the Improving New York section to the site.
Poll Question of the Week
Last week we asked our readers who will be the Democratic Party’s candidate for the Senate seat currently occupied by Kirsten Gillibrand. Sixty-eight percent believe Gillibrand will be the nominee; 22 percent think it will be former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson; 8 percent are uncertain and 2 percent like Jonathan Tasini — a recently Empire Page interviewee.
This week we’d like to know who you think the GOP will pick to run in November 2010 for that seat? Will it be Rudy Guiliani, George Pataki or Larchmont Mayor Liz Feld — another person previously interviewed for the Empire Page?
Have a good week and don’t forget to vote in our poll.