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August, 2018

The president, the mayor, fake news, and your local paper

Editorial: CNG editors say attacks on the free press are attacks on American values. Comments (22)

Insurgent fights to get on Dem primary ballot

Politics: The 27-year-old self-proclaimed Democratic socialist looking to unseat a longtime democratic state senator claims the long-time pol is trying to kick her off the ballot. Comments (7)

July, 2018

Mean Streets: All 140 of the city’s school-zone speed cameras stopped doling out tickets on July 25, after state senators failed to vote on a new authorization in time. Comments (10)

Special delivery: Judge stops deportation of undocumented pizza delivery man and demands his release from jail

Fort Hamilton: A judge stayed the deportation of undocumented immigrant Pablo Villavicencio-Calderon and demanded he be immediately released from detention on July 24, nearly two months after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained the pizza delivery man at Fort Hamilton Army Base on June 1. Comments (23)

United front: Southern Brooklyn Dems join forces to defeat Golden

Bay Ridge: A pair of rival Southern Brooklyn pols are now united in their mission to unseat Bay Ridge’s incumbent Republican state senator after both lined up behind one of his Democratic opponents. Comments (9)

Rush to redemption: Gov. demands special state Senate session to vote on speed-camera bill, slams GOP for inaction

Politics: State Senators must return to the capital for a special session to vote on a bill to double the number of speed cameras allowed citywide before the current camera program expires on July 25, Gov. Cuomo announced on Friday. Comments (4)

Whiplash! Golden reverses again, demands Senate reconvene for vote on speed-camera bill

Mean Streets: Bay Ridge state Sen. Marty Golden bowed to weeks of protests from constituents demanding he save speed cameras on Wednesday, when he called on the Senate’s Republican majority leader to reconvene the body to vote on a speed-camera bill that would double the number of cameras citywide before the current ones switch off on July 25. Comments (3)
Mean Streets: A Park Slope mother whose son was killed by a reckless driver recently spent 24 hours protesting outside a Bay Ridge state senator’s local office because she claimed the pol backtracked on a personal promise that he’d push the passage of a bill to double the number of speed cameras citywide, which his Republican party blocked in the state Senate. Comments (12)
Fort Hamilton: Fort Hamilton Army Base must release the waiver that officials claim an undocumented pizza delivery man signed to allow a background check before Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained him at the base on June 1, the man’s lawyers are demanding. Comments (11)

June, 2018

Incumbents prevail in Bklyn primaries

Politics: Tuesday’s primary elections were largely a victory for incumbents, but some challengers snuck up to the sitting reps more closely than others. Here’s our recap of the federal primary-election results in Brooklyn. Comment

Incumbent Rock-to-Ridge congressman beats tax cheat in GOP primary

Bay Ridge: The sitting Rock-to-Ridge congressman clinched the Republican nomination in the June 26 primary race, beating back a challenge from the convicted felon who formerly held the seat. Comments (11)
Fort Greene: A Fort Greene deli owner who immigrated to Brooklyn from the Middle East as a toddler turned his storefront into a passionate rebuke of President Donald Trump’s contentious immigration policy that ripped thousands of youngsters from their parents as the migrant families arrived at the nation’s southern border. Comments (24)
Fort Hamilton: The guards at Fort Hamilton Army Base routinely give a tough time to deliverymen — especially those who are non-White — alleged workers at local eateries that frequently make deliveries to the base, where the federal government detained an undocumented pizza deliveryman on June 1. Comments (15)
Bay Ridge: The federal government must release an undocumented immigrant who Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained while he made a routine pizza delivery to Fort Hamilton Army Base on June 1, demanded protesters gathered just across the street at John Paul Jones Park in Bay Ridge on June 6. Comments (40)

Bay Ridge congressman whacked by both sides over ‘hateful’ mailer

Bay Ridge: They’re going postal! Comments (4)

Slope Assemblyman endorses local lawyer to replace embattled district leader

Park Slope: A Park Slope state pol threw his support behind a local attorney running for the low-level, unpaid post of district leader to represent the Brooklyn Democratic Party days after the area’s current district leader announced he would not seek reelection. Comments (1)

May, 2018

Brooklyn Heights: Public Advocate Tish James, a Brooklynite and lawyer who formerly represented Fort Greene as councilwoman, announced her campaign to become New York State’s next attorney general at a rally on Wednesday. Comments (6)

Long-time Ridge activist and former Council candidate leaving boro

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge political activist Rev. Khader El-Yateem — who narrowly lost his bid for the neighborhood’s Council seat to Councilman Justin Brannan in last September’s Democratic primary — is trading the County of Kings for the Sunshine State. Comments (1)

Brooklynites eye state AG seat after top prosecutor resigns in disgrace

Politics: These locals want to take the law into their own hands. Comments (5)
Downtown: Borough President Adams recently launched a website, Eric Adams 2021, which not so subtly hints at his next steps toward a higher office as the mayor of New York City. Comments (8)

April, 2018

Dems vying for Ridge state Senate seat blast Bklyn GOP for inviting alleged neo-Nazi to gala

Politics: It’s not their party — but they’ll cry foul if they want to. Comments (12)

Longtime Midwood assemblyman steps down

Politics: A Midwood assemblyman will vacate his seat after three-and-a-half decades in office, he announced on Wednesday. Comments (2)

Dem state Senator will continue to caucus with Republicans following IDC breakup

Politics: On second thought, he’s staying put. Comments (5)

Questionable question: Local pols and experts condemn adding citizenship question to census

Bay Ridge: Immigration experts, activists, and local pols are condemning the Trump administration’s push to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census, noting that the inquiry could have an outsize effect on Southern Brooklyn. Comments (1)

March, 2018

Downtown: Ethics watchdogs slapped Brooklyn’s embattled former top prosecutor with the highest fine ever dealt by the city for illegal campaign-related activities, after he admitted to abusing his government e-mail during a contentious 2013 re-election bid he ultimately lost. Comments (25)
Fort Hamilton: Students and parents at a Bay Ridge high school questioned the ability of metal detectors to stop an armed shooter after the neighborhood’s state Senator called for “body scanners” in schools. Comment

February, 2018

Flatbush: Mayor DeBlasio returned to his old stomping grounds on Tuesday to deliver his fifth State of the City address at Kings Theatre, but Hizzoner barely mentioned his home borough in the speech, except for shout-outs to the beep and the historic Flatbush playhouse. Comments (6)
Downtown: The government agreed to temporarily halt the deportation of a Brooklynite nationally known for his immigrants’ rights activism after he filed a lawsuit in federal district court on Feb. 9 alleging that the Trump administration is deliberately targeting immigrant activists who speak out on behalf of their cause. Comments (4)
Downtown: A local congresswoman is taking up the cause of a nationally known immigrants’ rights activist by introducing a private bill that would stymie his upcoming deportation. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: Demonstrators rallied outside the district office of a Bay Ridge state senator on Monday to protest a comment he made about drug addiction in a recent interview that many locals and officials called racially charged. Comments (5)

January, 2018

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn Heights state senator tells us his plans to speed up the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway’s repairs, minimize development in parkland, and curry favor with the Brooklynites he now represents. Comments (3)

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