Archive for December 17th, 2004

17th December

First Published in The New York Sun, December 17, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

Mayor Bloomberg recently fumed about the hiring of Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez as a consultant to Cablevision, charging,of all things,politics.Cablevision,which owns Madison Square Garden, Gotham’s largest venue for indoor events, wants to keep that status. The mayor is eager to build a new football stadium for the Jets within shouting distance of the Garden, and Cablevision is bent on stopping him.

Ms. Cortes-Vazquez was hired, the mayor and I both suspect, not because she is some supreme strategist, but due to her connections with New York’s most powerful Hispanic politicos, most notably the former president of the Bronx, Fernando Ferrer.Mr.Ferrer is,by all accounts,gearing up for his third try at Gracie Mansion,and some polls show him actually beating the mayor. Pulling the strings is Mr. Ferrer’s consultant — some might say alter-ego — former assemblyman and Bronx County Democratic boss, Roberto Ramirez. (more…)