December, 2013

Adams: I’ll bring Brooklyn its own ball drop

Politics: As Brooklynites said so long to their Borough President of 12 years, we checked in with the his replacement ahead of his swearing-in on New Year’s Day. Apparently the timing was right because Eric Adams is pledging to bring Brooklyn its very own ball drop in just fewer than 360 days. Now that is what we call a resolution. Comments (2)

The President on line one

Politics: As Brooklynites prepare to say so long to their Borough President of the past 12 years, we wanted to check in with the man who will be sworn in to that job on New Year’s Day. Comment

November, 2013

Proclamation domination! Markowitz has issued more honorary citations than any other Beep, by far

Politics: As the 12 years of Marty Markowitz’s tenure as borough president draw to a close, we will be reflecting each week on what he has done with his time in office. For starters, he has issued more proclamations than you would believe! Comments (13)

Flatbush pol makes bid to lead Council

Politics: A Brooklyn councilman is running to become the body’s next speaker — but says his campaign is more about being heard. Comments (2)
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Should Marty Markowitz become the city’s envoy to the world?

Politics: Council members are pushing Mayor-elect DeBlasio to appoint our borough president to the post of New York’s ambassador. Comments (22)

No Speaker for Brooklyn

Politics: Brooklyn has already wrestled two of the city’s top positions from other lesser boroughs, but the dream of winning the trifecta — and getting a Council Speaker from the borough — won’t come true. Comment

President-elect on line one

Politics: State Sen. Eric Adams (D–Flatbush) won the election to replace Borough President Markowitz with more than 90 percent of the vote. We sat with the president-elect to talk about Marty’s broad-if-not-long shadow, and find out some of his plans for the office in the first of a monthly check-in with Adams: “The President on line one.” Comments (8)

Top advisor to Public Advocate-elect Letitia James discovered hanging in his Brooklyn apartment

Crown Heights: Tragedy marred Letitia James’ election triumph, after cops found the lifeless body of her top aide hanging in his home, in an apparent suicide. Comments (7)

The tall and the short of it: Bill DeBlasio vs. Abe Beame

Park Slope: Big Bill DeBlasio is the first mayor to call Brooklyn home since tiny Abe Beame sat in City Hall for one term from 1973 to 1977. The most noticeable difference between the two is clearly height, but how do the two stack up otherwise? Find out in this week’s breakdown. Comments (6)

DeBlast-Off! DeBlasio wins huge at the polls

DeBlast-Off! DeBlasio wins huge at the polls

Politics: DeBlasio sailed to a historic 49 percent victory in the mayoral race, the cleanest sweep since Edward Koch won a third term in 1985 and a record for a non-incumbent candidate. And he was not the only Brooklynite to tower over the competition. Comments (20)
Politics: Talk about laying down the law! Comments (14)

October, 2013

Former Rep. Major Owens dies at age 77

Politics: Former longtime Brooklyn Rep. Major Owens, a Democrat who helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 during his 24 years in congress, died on Oct. 21 in Manhattan. He was 77. Comments (5)
Politics: If it walks like an elephant and talks like an elephant … it might still be a donkey! Comments (26)

Protestors kick Hynes rally

Protestors kick Hynes rally

Politics: Call them surprise witnesses. Comments (7)
Politics: Brooklyn’s 23-year-incumbent district attorney — thought vanquished in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary — is making a shocking second coming as a Republican and Conservative candidate. Comments (37)

Quag-mire! Gentile and rival trade blame at first debate

Bay Ridge: The challenger came out swinging against the incumbent at the first debate to determine who will represent Bay Ridge in the City Council. Comments (113)

Letitia James wins public advocate run-off and likely the office

Politics: Come January, James will in all likelihood go from Fort Greene’s three-term councilwoman to a heartbeat away from the mayor’s office. Comments (21)

Raucous caucus! Golden and Eaton collide at Brooklyn GOP Convention

Politics: Every Republican was seeing red at the Brooklyn GOP convention on Sept. 30, as a faction led by state Sen. Marty Golden tried — and failed — to boot party chairman Craig Eaton. Comments (18)

September, 2013

Public enemies! Squadron and James square off at public advocate debate

Politics: I know you are but what am I? Comments (7)
Williamsburg: Defeated council challenger Stephen Pierson claims that his people saw loads of voter fraud in the 33rd District on primary day — and that it is not just sour grapes talking. Comments (9)

Charles Hynes’ dramatic rise and fall — a retrospective of the borough’s soon to be former top prosecutor

Perspective: The ousted district attorney made a career out of prosecuting criminals and political adversaries, alike. Comments (37)

Brooklyn wins big at the primaries

Politics: Residents of the County of Kings won three of the hottest races in the city, with Park Sloper Bill DeBlasio claiming the Democratic nomination for mayor, Brooklyn Heights boy Joe Lhota grabbing the Republican line, and Carroll Gardens state Sen. Daniel Squadron and Fort Greene Councilwoman Letitia James heading into a runoff for Public Advocate. Comments (5)
Politics: Brooklyn primary voters rendered a stunning verdict on six-term District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes — and sentenced him to retirement. Comments (14)

Vito vetoed! Reynoso beats Lopez by wide margin in Democratic primary

Bushwick: Former state assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez lost his council bid to challenger Antonio Reynoso at Tuesday’s primary. Comments (12)

Democratic Primary for Mayor of New York City

Politics: Democratic Primary for Mayor of New York City Comment

Republican Primary for Mayor of New York City

Politics: Republican Primary for Mayor of New York City Comment

Democratic Primary for Brooklyn District Attorney

Politics: Democratic Primary for Brooklyn District Attorney Comments (1)
Politics: Democratic Primary for New York City Public Advocate Comment

‘Shadow campaigns’ undemining city’s election-finance laws

Politics: A select few of Brooklyn’s City Council candidates competing to replace no fewer than eight term-limited lame ducks in November have been singled out by a group of real estate big wigs to receive tens of thousands of dollars of support completely outside the city’s campaign finance regime — and it’s enough to make even the beneficiaries blush. Comments (1)

August, 2013

For whom the bridge tolls?

For whom the bridge tolls?

Politics: Is it a bridge toll too far? Comments (22)

Steve versus Steve, round one

Steve versus Steve, round one

Greenpoint: Democratic council challenger Stephen Pierson came out swinging against 33rd district incumbent Steve Levin on Wednesday night during the first face-to-face clash in the Battle of the Steves. Comments (27)

One-way street! Sunset challenger uses incumbent’s absence to push bikes, traffic calming

Sunset Park: A Tuesday City Council candidates debate in Sunset Park became a one-man show when incumbent Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez (D-Sunset Park) failed to show up. Comments (20)

Law and disorder! District Attorney debate devolves into slam-fest

Politics: The Aug. 14 debate between District Attorney Charles Hynes and challenger Ken Thompson at Saint Francis College in Brooklyn Heights turned into a Pier 6 brawl, with both candidates landing nasty, below-the-belt blows. It was hard to pick a winner, so instead we picked the top 10 hits of the night. Comment

July, 2013

DA challenge: Thompson says George will seal Hynes victory

Politics: One of the two candidates battling to replace District Attorney Charles Hynes is demanding his empty-pocketed opponent drop out of the race because he doesn’t have enough money to win. Comments (9)

Albanese: Cuomo’s Sandy buyout should be extended to renters

Politics: Talk about a security deposit! Comments (1)

June, 2013

Lost in the flood: Bloomy plan would turn Coney Creek into swamp

Politics: Mayor Bloomberg wants to turn the fetid Coney Island Creek — which once seperated the People’s Playground from mainland Brooklyn — into a swamp. Comments (1)
Checkin’ in with: The Community Board 1 member talks about his politics — and squashing Vito Lopez’s legacy once and for all. Comments (24)
Politics: Congress has allocated $30 million to restore the depleted beaches of Seagate — even though the private community’s new shoreline will remain shut off to the general public. Comments (16)

May, 2013

Albanese: Thompson flip-flopped on Muslim monitoring

Politics: Tempers flared when former Bay Ridge Councilman Sal Albanese accused former Comptroller Bill Thompson of flip-flopping on the NYPD’s policy of planting informants in mosques. Comments (5)

Trading races: Ridge Republican moves campaign to Coney

Politics: A Tea Party Republican is making the move from Bay Ridge to Coney Island in hopes of finding a smoother ride into the City Council. Comments (19)

GOP bash hosts Catsimatidis, Reagan

Politics: Two things were certain no matter who you asked at the Brooklyn Republican Party’s Abraham Lincoln Dinner at El Caribe in Mill Basin Thursday night: the food was great and John Catsimatidis will be the next mayor of New York City. Comments (1)

Embattled Eric Adams a no-show at Bay Ridge Democrats meeting

Bay Ridge: His name was named, and state Sen. Eric Adams missed his meeting with the Bay Ride Democrats. Comments (17)

April, 2013

Council race pits Steve vs. Stephen

Politics: Council hopeful Stephen Pierson isn’t politically connected like incumbent Councilman Steve Levin — and the newbie says that’s his greatest asset. Comments (16)

Protest at Vito fund-raiser

Williamsburg: Protesters slammed Assemblyman Vito Lopez at a fund-raiser for his possible council run, claiming the fact Albany legislators have punished the powerful pol for sexual harassment is reason enough to keep him out of city politics. Comments (12)
Politics: Look out Jimmy Kimmel — Borough President Markowitz is coming for your job. Comments (14)

Council candidate runs against Vito — who isn’t in the race yet

Politics: Council hopeful Antonio Reynoso has a clear path to City Hall, so long as the formidable foe he is currently shadowboxing — embattled assemblyman and rumored candidate Vito Lopez — doesn’t step foot in the ring. Comments (5)

Royal flush! School’s foul bathrooms to be fixed thanks to democracy

Politics: The dilapidated bathrooms at a Carroll Gardens elementary school will get their first renovation since the Eisenhower administration thanks to an initiative by a local legislator that democratizes the Council budgeting process. Comments (5)

February, 2013

Fender defender! Gentile fights to keep board chair parking perk

Bay Ridge: Councilman Vincent Gentile is gearing up for a head-on collision with the mayor over parking permits for community board chairs — questioning hizzoner’s grip on reality — and civilian parking advocates are on the Bay Ridge pol’s side! Comments (15)

January, 2013

Bay Ridge: The biggest names in the borough paid tribute to the growing Bay Ridge Community Council at the civic association’s annual luncheon on Jan. 26. Comment

Golden under the gun — Brooklyn Republicans blast GOP pol for assault rifle vote

Bay Ridge: Brooklyn Republican leaders are up in arms over state Sen. Marty Golden’s support for New York’s tough new gun law. Comments (18)

Judge tosses sex bias suit against Markowitz

Politics: A sex discrimination case against Borough President Markowitz? Fuhgettaboutit! Comments (5)

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