Politics

December, 2012

15 years later, ex-Ridge councilman running for mayor

Bay Ridge: A former Bay Ridge councilman known as a maverick long before that was considered politically cool is running for mayor — for the third time. Comments (1).

Attorney General looking into Marty’s super storm relief fund

Politics: The state’s top lawman is keeping his eye on Borough President Markowitz’s Hurricane Sandy relief fund. Comments (2).

November, 2012

O’ yeah! Barack enjoys big Brooklyn win

Politics: Brooklyn is still Barack-lyn. President Obama won his second term in the White House with 81 percent of the borough’s vote, once again making Brooklyn the biggest Barack-backing county in the state. Comment.

Brooklyn’s election live blog!

Politics: Today is the day when Brooklynites come together to exercise the most fundamental expression of democracy — but this year they’re doing it at a time when the borough is still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. Comments (3).

She got out the vote! Sloper’s pre-election marathon helps Sandy evacuees vote

Park Slope: In some parts of the country, people spend their time fighting tooth-and-nail to prevent others from voting. But here in the Brooklyn, locals are giving their blood, sweat, and tears to get everyone they can out to vote — especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Comment.

Make your voice heard

Politics: It’s election day — so get out there and vote! Comments (6).

Hurricane crashes Congress race

Politics: The race to replace retiring Rep. Ed Towns will wrap up next week, but no one seems to care about it right now — the candidates included. Comment.

October, 2012

Golden claims not to support mosque spying, but letter says otherwise

Bay Ridge: State Sen. Marty Golden is all for spying on mosques — except when he’s not. Comments (14).

Borough president’s first foray into politics revealed!

Politics: Borough President Markowitz cut his political teeth fighting for the little guy — literally! Comments (8).

Sen. Marty Golden butts heads with rival Andrew Gounardes regarding education

Bay Ridge: The two contenders all but drew blood at their third meeting before the November election. Comments (4).

BREAKING: Olechowski beats Restler in Williamsburg district leader race

Williamsburg: Williamsburg Democratic district leader Lincoln Restler has met his match. Comments (2).

September, 2012

Brooklyn’s new Democratic boss is Frank Seddio

Politics: The new boss of the Brooklyn Democratic party is Frank Seddio — a member of the old guard Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club and a longtime ally of scandal-scarred Assemblyman and former party leader Vito Lopez. Comments (8).

Mosley crushes the competiton!

Fort Greene: Walter Mosley easily trounced his competition in the three-way primary race to replace Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries on Thursday night, garnering a whopping 63 percent of the vote. Comments (1).

Boss loss emboldens borough Democrats

Politics: Scandal-scarred Assemblyman Vito Lopez is losing his ironclad grip on borough politicians, as leaders who never dared cross the influential Democratic boss are defying his wishes now that he’s stepping down from his party post due to a sexual harassment investigation. Comments (9).

August, 2012

District Attorney: I won’t prosecute Vito Lopez, but someone should

Politics: District Attorney Charles Hynes wants the state to assign a special prosecutor to investigate sexual harassment claims against Assemblyman Vito Lopez — because the soon-to-step-down Democratic party boss helped him get elected. Comments (8).

Who will be the next party boss? Rival Dems vie to replace Vito Lopez

Politics: Rival politicos from liberal Brownstone Brooklyn and old school Southern Brooklyn are fighting to become Brooklyn’s new boss now that scandal-scarred Assemblyman Vito Lopez will not seek reelection as party chairman due to allegations that sexually harassed Albany employees. Comments (17).

Party’s over! Vito Lopez cedes Democratic party post amid harassment allegations

Politics: Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez will give up his powerful post as Brooklyn Democratic party boss amid allegations that he groped and attempted to kiss two employees. Comments (13).

Vito Lopez groped and tried to kiss workers, Albany ethics panel says

Politics: Brooklyn Democratic party boss Vito Lopez is in hot water after staffers claim he sexually harassed them — and forced them to write glowing letters about how great he is, according to an Assembly ethics investigation. Comments (17).

Restler’s match: District leader faces challenge from CB1 chairman

Williamsburg: A high-stakes political chess game between an old-time Democratic party boss and an upstart youngster is heating up in North Brooklyn, and a little-known, unpaid position hangs in the balance. Comments (18).

June, 2012

Velazquez victorious: Congresswoman easily wins Democratic primary

Politics: Rep. Nydia Velazquez had no trouble defeating three Democratic rivals including City Councilman Erik Dilan — securing her party’s nomination and a near-guaranteed eleventh House term. Comments (11).

Battle on the waterfront: Rep. Velazquez takes on Councilmen Dilan, other Dems

Politics: Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez is facing the toughest fight in her 20-year career as Councilman Erik Dilan, Occupy Wall Street activist George Martinez, and economist Dan O’Connor all vie for her seat. Comments (5).

May, 2012

Green candidate truly walked the walk — he didn’t use gas for a year!

Clinton Hill: Author and environmental blogger Colin Beavan will run for Congress this year on the Green Party ticket. Comments (6).

April, 2012

Carlo calls it quits: Scissura drops out of Borough President race

Downtown: Borough President Markowitz’s top aide will suspend his campaign to succeed his boss and will instead become president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Comment.

Winner of Kruger’s seat won’t ever make it to Albany, insiders say

Link: It doesn’t matter who emerges victorious in the close race between Lew Fidler and David Storobin — neither will have a chance to cast a single vote before their district is eliminated at the end of the year, according to sources. Comment.

Conservative voters will elect Downtown’s next Congressman, insiders say

Fort Greene: The fate of Downtown neighborhoods from Brooklyn Heights to Clinton Hill may be decided by voters in southern Brooklyn, which tends to lean more to the right than much of the borough. Comment.

Pol art: Warhol-esque posters paper Greenpoint with Vito Lopez’s face

Greenpoint: State Assemblyman Vito Lopez isn’t just the face of Brooklyn’s Democratic party — his face is becoming a Brooklyn street art icon. Comment.

Out of Towns: Veteran Rep. Ed Towns to retire

Fort Greene: Rep. Ed Towns is calling it quits after more than a quarter century in Congress. Comment.

March, 2012

Map quest over for Jeffries

Politics: A federal judge capped off a tumultuous week of cartography by releasing a final draft of Brooklyn’s Congressional districts that will keep Fort Greene and Clinton Hill in a historically black electoral zone — a big win for House hopeful and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, who considers the neighborhoods his political strongholds. Comments (3).

Dilan to oppose Velazquez for House

Williamsburg: Bushwick Councilman Erik Dilan announced his candidacy for the House on Thursday, perhaps giving 10-term incumbent Rep. Nydia Velazquez the toughest challenge of her political career. Comments (24).

Jeffries-mandered! Hakeem could be cut from legislative district, again

Fort Greene: House hopeful Hakeem Jeffries may be running without his political strongholds of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill due to gerrymandered district lines — like the ones that cut him out of his Assembly district a decade ago. Comments (3).

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