Now on BPR: State Senate nominee Zellnor Myrie talks his primary win — and how he’ll do it again in Nov.

Winner: Zellnor Myrie was all smiles at a victory bash after Democratic voters elected him as their nominee for senator of New York State’s 20th District on Sept. 13.
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Political newcomer Zellnor Myrie, who stunned some Brooklyn Democrats with an impressive primary-election win over sitting state Sen. Jesse Hamilton, stunned and impressed host Vince DiMiceli and guest co-host Gersh Kuntzman on the latest edition of Brooklyn Paper Radio.

Joining your hosts by phone, the soon-to-be state Senator who’ll represent Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, and Sunset Park in the 20th District — the fighten’ 20th! — didn’t back down from any of the tough question thrown his way on a cornucopia of topics including bike lanes, buses, subways, cars, roads, rail roads, pedestrians, the psychology of drivers and of course, weed.

Now, we know what your thinking: “It sounds like you guys just talked about transit issues and weed.”

Well that’s because Kuntzman new job as head blogger at requires he ask questions about such things, and he didn’t hold back.

Still, once in a while, DiMiceli was able to get a word in edgewise and on-topic, asking the man who took down one of the members of the state Senate’s old Independent Democratic Conference if he would ever consider closing a street to all traffic except buses if it meant improving mass transit.

But as the son of Costa Rican immigrants got the first n-sound of his-sure-to-come “No” answer out, your hosts followed up.

“Why not?” they said in unison.

To find out the answer — and learn Myrie’s stand on legalizing weed — you’ll have to listen now, right here on !

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Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Updated 10:27 am, September 26, 2018
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