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Roll Call: Glover Park Group, VOX Global, Behan Communications and More

The Glover Park Group announced that John Hughes joined the firm as a senior vice president in the Government Affairs practice. Hughes will be based in GPG’s Washington, D.C. office and will work on a broad range of the firm’s clients. John was most recently senior policy advisor to House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer on financial services, trade, manufacturing, small business, housing, and consumer protection issues. Previously, John served as counsel to the House Financial Services Committee and, prior to joining the Committee’s majority staff in 2007, was managing director of tax advocacy at the National Council of State Housing Agencies. (Release)

VOX Global announced its recent hire of John Dunagan, who will join the VOX leadership team as a senior vice president. Most recently, Dunagan served as senior vice president at DDC Advocacy. Prior to DDC, Dunagan co-founded CrossLink Strategy Group (later Mercury) where he pioneered unique issue advocacy techniques including Media Where it Matters and RootsTube. Dunagan will work out of the firm’s Washington, DC office location. (Release)

Jonathan Cohen has been named chief operating officer at Behan Communications. Cohen joined Behan Communications in 2012 to help lead the firm’s expansion. He has an extensive background in journalism, government and public affairs and has led a number of strategic communications firms to success and played a leading role in the turnaround of two technology companies. Formerly a publisher of Commentary Magazine and an advisor to New York City Mayor Ed Koch, Jon also has served as president of The Weiser Group, a global public relations firm, and of Cohen Strategic LLC, an international consulting group. (Website)

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Deal Finally Ends PR Mess over 9/11 Museum

Last weekend’s The New York Times profile detailing the internecine battles over the 9/11 Museum at Ground Zero was a classic tale of political infighting: Three massive egos, each representing huge geographic and demographic groups, arguing over the details of planning and funding for a major urban rehabilitation project and tourist destination.

“America’s Mayor” himself Rudy Giuliani took the opportunity to express his frustration, and after reading the article quite a few of us felt like the museum might continue to embarrass the states of New York and New Jersey for many years to come.

Well, today brings news that Michael Bloomberg, Chris Christie, Andrew Cuomo and their respective organizations have reached an agreement after more than a year of total inactivity. How convenient that they happened to strike a deal on the anniversary of the event itself! You might call it a PR coup—or an example of the timeless power of peer pressure.

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Roll Call: ‘W,’ MWW (Again), Disney, and More

W magazine has named its first-ever executive director of creative services and marketing, Ed Romaine, starting August 16. He was previously the director of integrated marketing at Elle. [via FishbowlNY]

MWW Group (which has been doing a lot of hiring lately) has brought on Traci Carpenter as its director of speechwriting and content, a new position. Carpenter has previously served as senior speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, the William J. Clinton Foundation, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Kathryn Kranhold has joined the Walt Disney Co. as SVP of corp comms. She was previously at Brunswick Group working with clients on crisis, litigation, and financial issues and was once a reporter at the Wall Street Journal. She’s reporting to Zenia Mucha, Disney’s EVP of corporate communications. [via Variety]

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Gay Marriage Advocates Think NY Will Inspire Other States

Celebration last night in NYC's West Village. Photo: AP

Now that same-sex marriage has (finally) been legalized here in New York, supporters are confident that other states will follow suit.

New York is the fifth state, behind Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, and New Hampshire to permit same-sex marriage (D.C. also allows it). But it’s the largest state, and doubles the number of people living in states where gay marriage is legal . Moreover, New York is home to the gay rights movement, and the gay community in the state is an influential one.

Advocates have been promoting marriage equality in states (New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo was a powerful supporter), at the federal level, and in the courts.

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Presser Will Hopefully Bring Weinergate to a Close

Weiner announced his resignation in Brooklyn. Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

“Today I announce my resignation, so my colleagues can get back to work and my neighbors choose a new representative,” said the now-former Rep. Anthony Weiner.

With a four-minute speech, which came complete with a heckler, we hope, Weinergate comes to a close.

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Schumer Delivers New York’s High-Tech Message in Internet Week Keynote

Sen. Charles Schumer delivering his keynote this morning at Internet Week NY

As mentioned in a previous post, Katherine Oliver, a commissioner from NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s office, mentioned the importance of the city’s tech industry during her opening remarks at Internet Week NY. That message was reiterated by Sen. Charles Schumer, who delivered the first keynote speech, which outlined why he believes New York is best suited to be the nation’s tech hub and how the city will overtake Silicon Valley.

Going way back to the origins of New York City as a manufacturing leader, Sen. Schumer brought his keynote to the present, where the city’s “existing diversification” and the ability to adapt will help it to climb to the top of heap of cities that are leaders in the innovation economy.

He’s proposing the creation of a working group, with help from Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that will realize his 25-year goal to lead in the high-tech area through public-private partnership. A strong and vibrant enhanced high-tech industry here in NYC could open doors for lots of other industries, including PR.

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Gawker Event to Support Marriage Equality

Gawker is hosting a fundraising event Wednesday June 22 on the roof of its Soho offices to benefit the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation,an LGBT advocacy and civil rights group, and its efforts to make gay marriage legal in New York.

A marriage equality measure is back on the agenda for the state, and has the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo as well as many New Yorkers.

Five tickets to the event will cost $3,000 and they have a site for individual donations through July 14.

June is also Pride Month and the city has lots of events on tap.

Spin the Agencies of Record

Edith Wharton's estate, "The Mount"

The Huggies brand has chosen Ogilvy & Mather as its digital AOR after a competitive review. Ogilvy has previously handled shopper marketing, direct marketing, and advertising for the brand.

BBDO New York, Edelman, and FoodMinds have been hired by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) to work on a 12-month, $50-million campaign to educate consumers about Nutrition Keys labeling system. According to PRWeek, Edelman’s D.C. office will work on awareness and audience engagement, BBDO specializes in paid media, and FoodMinds has expertise in reaching the “nutrition influencer community.”

The town of Lenox, MA has chosen Bodden Partners, an integrated marketing agency, and its PR division, Hamilton PR for a marketing (social media, website creation) and events campaign to drive tourism. The Berkshires town is home to Tanglewood and Edith Wharton’s home The Mount (lovely!) among other sites and attractions.

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RIM Exec Loses It, Shuts Down BBC Interview

Lazaridis holding a Blackberry Playbook tablet. Photo: REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Faced with a question from BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones about Blackberry security issues in India, Research in Motion president and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis made like a dropped call and shut down the conversation, pointing to the camera and telling the person behind it to turn it off. You can watch the exec get rankled here.

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Famous New Yorkers Join Marriage Equality Campaign

Miss New York Claire Buffie is just the latest NY celeb to join the Human Rights Campaign’s effort “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality.” Notable names including Sen. Chuck Schumer, former Mayor Ed Koch, Russell Simmons, and Joan Rivers have  all appeared in videos for the campaign in support of same-sex marriage. Republicans in New York’s State Senate voted unanimously against legalizing same-sex marriage in 2009. Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would try to make marriage equality the law before the state legislature breaks in June.

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