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Heard Around Town, Sept. 15, 2011

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Dan Cantor, the head of the labour-backed Working Families Party, is taking their losses in the Ninth Congressional District and the 54th Assembly District in stride. Asked if more could have been done to help put Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin over the top, Cantor said, “The answer to that is always yes.” He defended his party’s field campaign, but admitted they were bested by the larger conservative forces at work. “The right did a good job,” Cantor said yesterday, after helping launch the city’s new bike share program in Midtown. “The right is in charge of the narrative right now.” Cantor also praised Jesus Gonzalez’s insurgent campaign for Assembly, which came in second to Democratic Party-backed Rafael Espinal. “Jesus ran a great campaign. You always want to win, and you’re disappointed when you don’t… He has a great future.”

* One of Republican Rep.-elect Bob Turner‘s earliest supporters in the Orthodox Jewish community, Chaskel Bennett, is now rumored to be interested in running as the Republican candidate in the prospective race for indicted State Sen. Carl Kruger‘s seat. The Orthodox blog the Yeshiva World floated Bennett’s name yesterday, declaring him the “front-runner” for the Republican nomination in a possible race against Democratic New York City Councilman Lew Fidler. In an interview, Bennett did not rule out a run, but sought to focus attention instead on Turner’s victory Tuesday night. “I’m not making any comment on that,” said Bennett, who has close ties with the influential Jewish social services organization Agudath Israel. Fidler recently appointed Bennett to the local community board and says the two have a close relationship. And Bennett has also already attended a fundraiser for Fidler’s prospective Senate race, and donated $250.

* The living wage issue may be rearing its head again in New York soon. The International Council of Shopping Centers is heading to 250 Broadway today to lobby at least 10 City Council members, including Speaker Christine Quinn, to block a bill that would require workers in city-funded projects to be paid at least $10 an hour. Rachel McGreevy, a vice president with the group, said the best way to create jobs is to leave wages to market forces. “We want the same things that the proponents of the bill want – to provide good jobs in the city,” she said. Quinn’s office wouldn’t comment, but sometime between now and the 2013 election, she’ll have to take a stand.

Dan Cantor, the head of the labor-backed Working Families Party, is taking their losses in the Ninth Congressional District and the 54th Assembly District in stride. Asked if more could have been done to help put Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin over the top, Cantor said, “The answer to that is always yes.” He defended his party’s field campaign, but admitted they were bested by the larger conservative forces at work. “The right did a good job,” Cantor said yesterday, after helping launch the city’s new bike share program in Midtown. “The right is in charge of the narrative right now.” Cantor also praised Jesus Gonzalez’s insurgent campaign for Assembly, which came in second to Democratic Party-backed Rafael Espinal. “Jesus ran a great campaign. You always want to win, and you’re disappointed when you don’t… He has a great future.”

* One of Republican Rep.-elect Bob Turner‘s earliest supporters in the Orthodox Jewish community, Chaskel Bennett, is now rumored to be interested in running as the Republican candidate in the prospective race for indicted State Sen. Carl Kruger‘s seat. The Orthodox blog the Yeshiva World floated Bennett’s name yesterday, declaring him the “front-runner” for the Republican nomination in a possible race against Democratic New York City Councilman Lew Fidler. In an interview, Bennett did not rule out a run, but sought to focus attention instead on Turner’s victory Tuesday night. “I’m not making any comment on that,” said Bennett, who has close ties with the influential Jewish social services organization Agudath Israel. Fidler recently appointed Bennett to the local community board and says the two have a close relationship. And Bennett has also already attended a fundraiser for Fidler’s prospective Senate race, and donated $250.

* The living wage issue may be rearing its head again in New York soon. The International Council of Shopping Centers is heading to 250 Broadway today to lobby at least 10 City Council members, including Speaker Christine Quinn, to block a bill that would require workers in city-funded projects to be paid at least $10 an hour. Rachel McGreevy, a vice president with the group, said the best way to create jobs is to leave wages to market forces. “We want the same things that the proponents of the bill want – to provide good jobs in the city,” she said. Quinn’s office wouldn’t comment, but sometime between now and the 2013 election, she’ll have to take a stand.

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