It was 100-0 at the Executive Board for a Scott Stringer UFT endorsement in the Democratic primary for mayor. No surprise there. The Delegate Assembly vote won't be so high but it should be overwhelmingly in favor of Stringer. As for the UFT rank and file, who knows?
A new poll shows Andrew Yang leading.
Andrew Yang has built a sizeable lead in the crowded Democratic primary race to become New York City’s next mayor, according to a new poll released Monday — with more than 1 in 5 likely Democratic voters backing the former presidential candidate.
The survey, conducted by NY1 news and Ipsos, found that 22 percent of likely Democratic primary voters would name Yang their top pick on their primary ballot, 13 percent said that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams would be their first pick, while just 11 percent selected Comptroller Scott Stringer — the only current citywide elected official in the race.
The NY1/Ipsos survey also found some good news for Stringer — he narrowly edged out Adams and Yang as the second choice preference for Democratic primary voters with 14 percent compared to 13 percent for Yang.
DA REPORT (Abridged today)
Mulgrew thanks hundreds for volunteering and over ten thousand involved.
We had deep relationships with five running in 2013. Nobody was going to hurt us.
Different now. Looking at viability and policies.
Rule to extend debate beyond 5 speakers on endorsement for mayor. (Looking at Robert's Rules. It says on page 261 that a motion to suspend the rules is not debatable on but there are three speakers Mulgrew allows.) Motion to allow more than 5 speakers gets 91% in favor.
Large field down to four. Politics is tough. More money spent on this mayor's race than ever before. We went through what candidates say. Look at education, social justice and how they will rebuild city. What is in the best interest of school system and Union. Want candidate in alignment with us who is viable.
Last Friday, met with 20 volunteers. Anyone can volunteer. Process transparent. No consensus two months ago but now consensus. We have a longstanding relationship with Scott Stringer. We worked over weekend with consultants. Stringer viable and with us.
Resolution to support Stringer.
Julio Gomez motivated it, a Bronx chapter leader. He was followed by another in favor of Stringer, and then another in favor. The first three were all volunteers who were part of process. A fourth person, this one from the exec bd, supported Stringer. A fifth person who was a political panelist from Staten Island was next to favor Stringer.
Mulgrew finally asks for a speaker against. They find one who tries to amend it which she can't do. This person favors Dianne Morales.
Another speaker speaks out in favor of Stringer. Another exec bd member then says she is for Stringer. A speaker follows to speak against. Mulgrew leaves chair to Barr (he wants to speak) Another speaker speaks for Stringer. Surprise, surprise Mulgrew speaks next. He spoke about five times longer than anyone else and then low and behold the next speaker moved to close debate. 85% voted to close debate.
The final vote was 90% in favor of endorsing Stringer.