Archive for January 27th, 2005

27th January
2005

First Published in The New York Sun, January 27, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller wants to become mayor, an aspiration shared by scores of others who have worked in the east wing of New York’s City Hall. He may have lots of money, may be smart, goodlooking, and a helluva guy. But history tells us that he may well be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Mr. Miller may find that the greatest distance in local politics is the one between his office and that of the mayor in City Hall’s west wing. Those who toil in the city’s legislative branch rarely move up to mayor’s office. You can call this the Council Curse.

Indeed, only one of our elected mayors since the consolidation of the greater city in 1898 was able to move directly from the council (or Board of Aldermen) chamber to the mayor’s office. That was John Purroy Mitchel, a politician similar in some respects to Mr. Miller. (more…)