May 14, 2010 / Brooklyn news / Carroll Gardens / The Politicrasher

Biv whack! Doug challenges Millman for Assembly

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He finished sixth out of seven for the Council last year — but that isn’t stopping Doug Biviano from looking for a promotion to Albany.

The one-time loser, a building superintendent on Columbia Heights, announced this week — via YouTube! — that he’s taking on Assemblywoman Joan Millman, giving the Carroll Gardens Democrat her first primary challenge since 2004.

Millman, he says, has done nothing to clean up the state Capitol.

“Unlike Joan Millman, when I see something, I say something,” Biviano told us. “I won’t play that same cynical game up in Albany where politicians refuse to speak out against the corrupt system because it is that very same corrupt system that ensures they keep getting re-elected.”

Maybe it’s a bit too much to hold Joan Millman responsible for Albany’s dysfunction, but Biviano is onto something about election reform: Incumbents lose seats in New York State about as often as the Jets go to the Super Bowl (close don’t count, Jet fans!).

But is Biviano the right man for the job of defeating the 13-year incumbent? This is a guy who came in sixth in a field of seven for the Brooklyn Heights-Williamsburg council seat last year.

Regardless, he spent Election Night declaring victory (and still does!).

“Despite everything, I came within 800 points of Evan Thies with all of his support behind him,” he recalls.

Yes, he did come within 800 votes of Thies. But Thies finished third. And Isaac Abraham was behind him. Steve Levin won, beating Biviano by 4,000 votes.

For now, Biviano is optimistic, despite having no money, according to campaign finance records. Meanwhile, Millman has more than $138,000 on hand.

And she’s not worried.

“He has run before, he has the right to run again and it looks like he’s going to run on these issues,” Millman said, referring to Biviano’s clean up Albany platform. “When I met with him he told me he was going to run a gentlemanly campaign. I told him I’d expect nothing less.”

Biviano does have one thing going for him: He works for a living.

And he thinks being the superintendent of the Columbia Heights apartment building he and his family live in gives him a unique perspective on cleaning up state politics.

“When I get to Albany I’m going to solve problems,” he said. “That’s all I do all day, solve problems.”

Well, if it doesn’t work out, there’s always that toilet at Borough Hall.

Wherever there is a smoke-filled backroom or a smoke-free barroom, The Brooklyn Paper’s Politicrasher will be there, bringing you the inside dope on our next generation of leaders. Got a hot tip for the Politicrasher? E-mail
Updated 5:18 pm, July 9, 2018: Corrects an error in the final finish. Sorry, Evan. Also adds in a quote from Joan Millman.
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Reasonable discourse

Laborer of a Laborer Before Me from Carroll Gardens says:
It's clear that Mr. Tracy thinks very little of those who do physical labor.

But what's really sad is how little Mr. Tracy thinks of a family man who's stepping up to the plate to serve his community and throw his hat into the epicenter of corruption - Albany politics. I applaud Mr. Biviano for having the courage to challenge Assembly Member Millman.

Shame on you Mr. Tracy.
May 14, 2010, 12:24 am
Voter from In transit says:
May 14, 2010, 2:35 am
MSR says:
Thies came in third. Isaac Abraham came in fourth.

Either way, he lost to Steve Levin by thousands of votes. Hardly a winner.
May 15, 2010, 3:36 pm
Phil Murray from Brooklyn Heights says:
I don't know much about Doug Biviano - I met him once on the street when he was campaigning for the City Council nomination - but I agree with him that Mr. Tracy's article about him is snarky and condescending. Are we going to see a similar tone in an article about Ms. Millman? I hope not. The article he wrote about Mr. Biviano actually tells us more about Mr.Tracy and his apparent belief that anyone who cleans toilets for a living is beneath his considreation. Sad!
May 23, 2010, 4:54 pm
Publius from Bklyn Heights says:
This non-article is not suprising from the Murdoch organ that is the so-called Brooklyn Paper.
May 23, 2010, 8:23 pm
Vivian Shevitz from Brooklyn Heights says:
I am presently moving into the building in which Doug is the super. I find your comments (Mr. Tracy) offensive. I applaud Doug Biviano's run for the Assembly. I am insulted by your put-down of a good working man.

He's right. The press needs a new perspective. Let's start with you, Mr. Tracy!
Aug. 16, 2010, 5:08 pm

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