I’ve been poking around to see if any City Council primaries are on the horizon this municipal cycle. No mayoral election this year, so council members (they run every two years) are leading the ticket this year.
I’m hearing that Rich Paoletto, who represents the 138th Upper East Side District, may be stepping down. There’s talk that Rich’s uncle Mike Marella, a former council member who represented the district, may return.
But will Mike have the endorsement? Waiting in the weeds potentially is Andy Fardy, a long time city pol, who might make a go for it.
All the high-profile action is shaping up for 2010, a gubernatorial cycle, when Probate Judge Paul Ganim, who was pinched in an alleged domestic dispute involving his wife several months ago, is up for reelection.
City Council President Tom McCarthy is giving the probate seat a look. Big Mac passed on the state senate seat last year that was claimed by Anthony Musto, a beneficiary of Barack’s city avalanche. I’m not convinced that Ganim will go away quietly. Even if the party abandons him, and that’s not clear yet, the Ganim style is not to fold his tent. The Ganim name still plays in parts of the city.
Also taking a look at the seat is attorney Mary-Jane Foster, co-founder of the Bridgeport Bluefish. Mary-Jane is well liked in both the political and business communities and has a strong background with issues involving children, a probate court administration, including years of volunteer service with the Center for Women and Families and as a volunteer court advocate for victims of domestic violence.
Paul Ganim won the seat in 1998, defeating party-endorsed Kevin Boyle in a primary, leveraging the mayoral popularity of his brother Joe Ganim who could be a free man within a year or so. (I managed Paul Ganim’s media and voter outreach in that primary.)
The political dynamics are intriguing. Mary-Jane is closest to the wing of the party controlled by former Democratic Town Chair John Stafstrom and Mayor Bill Finch. McCarthy, although close to Finch, is aligned with Democratic Town Chair Mario Testa.
If Foster and Big Mac want to position themselves for the probate job, it’s time to test the political support.
A primary is always possible.
Legislating Church Books
Whoa, the Connecticut legislature has sparked a hot issue. Should the books of Catholic churches around the state be opened up and governed by lay boards? Yikes. From bill 1098:
An Act Modifying Corporate Laws Relating to Certain Religious Corporations. A corporation may be organized in connection with any Roman Catholic church or congregation in the state by filing in the office of the Secretary of the State. The corporation would have a board of directors consisting of not less than seven nor more than 13 laymembers. The archbishop or bishop of the diocese would serve as an ex-offico board member, but could not vote on issues. The board members would be elected from among the laymembers of the congregation.
Bishop Lori is rallying Catholics to burn up the phone lines of state legislators considering a bill supported by Stamford State Senator Andrew McDonald who says the church needs more financial accountability. Bishop Lori says baloney. Leave us alone. Don’t interfere. What’s next, legislating the homily? This one is a hornets next. What’s your take?
Party With OIB
I’m keyed up. Just three days away from the first annual OIB party on Thursday, 6 p.m. at Matty’s Corner, Fairfield Avenue and Brewster Street. Also going on that night, John Stafstrom and Mayor Bill’s Finch’s Chief of Staff Adam Wood will serve as guest bartenders at Caribbean Night at Épernay, one of my favorite restaurants. I wonder what kind of deals will be cut behind the bar?
Join us at Matty’s Corner to share the gossip. First cocktail on OIB with a complimentary spread by proprietor Danny Roach.
Hey Mojo and Joel, will any political maricas show up? Or are they all going to Épernay?
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