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Hillary Clinton attends Sen. Biaggi wedding

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State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi is now married to Nathaniel Koloc after the two exchanged vows during a wedding ceremony July 22 in Tarrytown.

It was officiated by Biaggi’s Albany roommate Yuh-Line Niou, according to The New York Times, who also is an Assemblywoman representing the Lower East Side.

But Mr. and Mrs. Koloc also had another special guest with them helping with their vows — former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The former First Lady’s presence at Biaggi’s wedding shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. The two worked on Clinton’s unsuccessful 2016 presidential run, where Biaggi was part of the campaign’s vetting team.

Biaggi and Koloc first met in 2015 as New York City New Leaders Council fellows, and started dating in 2016, getting engaged a year later.

 

Political pub names top consultants

City & State has released its top 50 political consultants for 2019, and at the top of the list is a man who counts U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel and Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez as clients.

Harry Giannoulis, president of The Parkside Group, was named to the top of the list by the political magazine, primarily for his work behind the scenes in flipping the state senate Democratic. Other clients include Senate majority leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and her top deputy, Sen. Michael Gianaris.

Right behind Giannoulis are Doug Forand and Nathan Smith of Red Horse Strategies, which represents not just Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but both Dinowitzes — Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and his son, city council candidate Eric Dinowitz.

Also making the top 10 were Mark Guma of Mark Guma Communications — who includes state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi as a client — and Scott Levenson of The Advance Group, which represented Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., and former state Sen. Jeffrey Klein.

 

Dinowitz pushes for utilities advocate

Manhattan is still recovering from its massive blackout that affected some of the biggest tourist attractions in the city last month. While it’s unclear how much this legislation would make a difference, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz is using that — along with a proposed Con Edison rate hike in 2020 — to push once again for utility consumer advocate.

Both the Assembly and senate passed a bill establishing such an office in June, according to Dinowitz, and all that’s needed now is for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to request the bill so he can sign it.

Such an advocate would be appointed by the governor to a six-year term, and be confirmed by the state senate, according to a release. The advocate would not be considered an at-will employee, and thus would be able to act independently on behalf of residential utility customers without the concern of removal for such an action.

One such advocate in California lobbied more than 200 times on behalf of consumers, saving them $4 billion in rate savings and avoided increases, Dinowitz said. That saved customers an average of $153 per year for every $1 spent.

This feature was updated Aug. 9 to clarify the role Sen. Biaggi played on the Clinton presidential campaign.

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