Eight Questions for Carl Heastie

In the race to succeed New York City Speaker Sheldon Silver, the New York City delegation is starting to coalesce around Carl Heastie. Given the obvious difficulty in dislodging legislative leaders from Albany, the 47-year-old Heastie requires scrutiny now. Here are some issues I haven’t seen discussed that I would like to see aired before the…

Book Review: Machine Made (Terry Golway)

(I began reading Machine Made before the Silver scandal broke, but as today’s machines jockey to replace him, this review seemed even more appropriate.) The name “Tammany Hall” has long been synonymous with urban political sleaze, personified by fatcat Boss Tweed. Yet during the halcyon days of the Tammany Hall political machine, New York City…