Trapped in what is proving to be one of the toughest choices since beer commercials forced a choice between "less filling" and "tastes great," Queens Borough President Claire Shulman has been noticeably silent in the Rudy-Hillary battle.
The lifelong Democrat, who has been one of Rudys staunchest supporters on the other side of the aisle (she took his side against Dem Ruth Messinger in 1997), is in a pickle as she faces the end of her term in 2001.
If Claire continues backing Rudy, she jeopardizes her future in the Dem party if she wants to run for public office after she leaves Queens Borough Hall. Some have speculated that Claire will run for Public Advocate or that shell opt for a City Council seat and try to succeed fellow Queens pol Peter Vallone as Speaker of the increasingly powerful City Council.
Its your turn, Claire.
Sounds of Silence
They say silence is golden. That could be true for button-lipped interim Chancellor Harold Levy.
The play-it-close-to-the-vest former business executive is not telling anyone his long-term intentions for the Chancellor position. But his silence is, apparently, scaring away qualified applicants for the permanent Chancellor role.
Board of Ed officials said that only a meager crop have applied for the job. "The perception created in the media is that Levy is a candidate," said board member Ninfa Segarra.
Even though the Board hired two private recruiters and spent a fair amount of money on a search for a Chancellor, the results have been disappointing.
Maybe its not just Levys presence that is
scaring away applicants. Could it be that educators see
Pickin' on Rudy
If he wasnt acting like such a bully in the Patrick Dorismond case, youd probably start feeling sorry for Rudy Giuliani. Hes getting attacked from all sides of the Democratic Party these past two weeks.
First, Comptroller Alan Hevesi calls him a "liar" and questions some City contracts with an old crony of Giulianis. Then, Rev. Jesse Jackson questions Hizzoners mental soundness. Public Advocate Mark Green, Rudys least favorite nemesis, piles on and digs up an old statute to drag the Mayor to court over the release of Dorismonds juvenile sealed records.
And then, to add insult to injury, Peter
Vallone and the City Council overrode three Mayoral vetoes and passed new laws over
his objections. "In all
The three rebuffs in one week may be a
record in his first six years in office Giuliani was
"Theyre carrying out a political program," the Mayor complained to the News last week.
And its only April. Only 200 plus days till the Senate election. Should be a fun political summer.
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