Archive for March 3rd, 2005

3rd March

First Published in The New York Sun, March 3, 2005

By Andrew Wolf

State attorney general and presumptive Democratic gubernatorial nominee Eliot Spitzer’s early endorsement of Fernando Ferrer for mayor should come as no surprise. In the brave new world of consultant-dominated politics, they both play for the same team.
It used to be that political parties had organizations, and those organizations were further subdivided into political clubs. In the 1950s, when a Bronx resident of, say, Belmont needed a favor, he or she would trudge up to the Arthur H. Murphy Association at the corner of Third and East Tremont avenues, and make their case to the district leaders, John Satriale or Rose Catania. The Murphy club, named for the first Democratic leader of the newly formed Bronx County (which in 1914 became the last county created in New York State), was the “regular” Democratic organization club in the area, the old 7th Assembly District.