Mash-Up: March 1, 2013
- At Thursday night's mayoral forum in Harlem, Democratic long shot Sal Albanese accused Public Advocate Bill de Blasio of "hypocrisy" for publicly criticizing Cablevision's labor practices while accepting campaign donations from the telecom giant. "He wants to move the NBA All-Star game to Brooklyn because Cablevision fired 23 employees, but he's taken contributions from Cablevision," Mr. Albanese said, calling on Mr. de Blasio to return the donations. Mr. de Blasio accepted $400 from Cablevision's political action committee in June 2010. In recent weeks, Mr. de Blasio has slammed the company for firing 23 employees who had been trying to unionize. At the forum, the public advocate shot back: "This is really getting absurd when someone says, 'You took support from people associated with a company, and then you attacked that company when they unfairly fired shop stewards.' Sal, with all due respect, it's the other way around. I attacked Cablevision because they fired workers who were defending their right to organize." Mr. Albanese continued to maintain that Mr. de Blasio should return the money. Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former Comptroller Bill Thompson , who have also criticized the company recently, have received money from the company's PAC , $400 and $1,000, respectively. - Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal reported that a special prosecutor and grand jury were probing top Working Families Party officials over a now-defunct in-house consulting firm. The probe revolves around whether the firm undercharged 2009 city candidates backed by the party. Less noticed this week: The final Campaign Finance Board audit reports came back for four of those candidates and showed no violations related to the consulting company, Data & Field Services. Two of the four WFP-backed candidates, Queens candidate Lynn Schulman and Brooklyn's Steve Levin , did receive minor fines, but the audit reports released this week showed they were not related to the use of the company. It is unclear if the CFB audits mean the WFP and Data & Field Services have less to worry about from the special prosecutor. A number of audits are still to come, including that of Public Advocate Bill de Blasio 's campaign and Staten Island Councilwoman Deborah Rose , whose campaign is a focus of the special prosecutor's inquiry. - Local 3 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers endorsed former Queens deputy borough president Barry Grodenchik Friday. It is the first union endorsement in the race, and "marks a major change in the landscape of this election," Mr. Grodenchik's campaign said in a statement. His competitors are all current or former elected officials. - North Brooklyn council candidate Antonio Reynoso will kick off his campaign in the Los Sures section of Williamsburg, where he grew up, at 1 p.m Saturday. Mr. Reynoso, the chief of staff for the current occupant of the seat, term-limited Councilwoman Diana Reyna , has emerged as the establishment pick in a race that could potentially include controversial Assemblyman Vito Lopez . The will be at Nuestros Niños, 384 South 4th St.
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