New Democratic Party Chairman Carl Heastie sat down for dinner with State Senator-elect Pedro Espada and State Senator Ruben Diaz, Liz Benjamin reports. Heastie wouldn’t divulge the specifics of what was discussed, only that he has been reaching out to all elected officials in the borough. Espada and Diaz of course are two of three state senators withholding their support from Senate Dems’ choice for leader, Malcolm Smith, thus endangering the prospects of the party’s first-in-a-generation control of the state legislature.
Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo took issue with Diaz’s staunch opposition to gay marriage and gay rights in general at a recent forum for LGBT families. Look for it at the end of this video -- billed as a holiday card to Sen. Diaz -- produced by the NY Civil Liberties Union and Bronx Pride.
Jefforson Park in Harlem has tested positive for lead, so the city is now testing the 98 fields around the city with artificial turf – presumably including the brand new field in Williamsbridge Oval Park, which has already proved tremendously popular with locals. Councilman Eric Gioia has introduced legislation mandating a 6-month moratorium on installing artificial turf in city parks. The Norwood News wrote about the controversy concerning artificial turf here.