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December, 2012

Bay Ridge

15 years later, ex-Ridge councilman running for mayor

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).
Politics

Attorney General looking into Marty’s super storm relief fund

The state’s top lawman is keeping his eye on Borough President Markowitz’s Hurricane Sandy relief fund. Comments (1).

November, 2012

Politics

O’ yeah! Barack enjoys big Brooklyn win

The numbers are in — and Brooklyn is still Barack-lyn. President Obama won his second term in the White House with 81 percent of the borough’s vote. Comment.
Politics

Brooklyn GOP grieves Romney’s loss

Borough Republican and Conservative leaders were served a disappointing double-whammy on Election Day as they faced the prospect of four more years of President Obama and watched their grasp on Southern Brooklyn fall apart. Comments (1).
Politics

Hurricane crashes Congress race

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

Bay Ridge

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

State Sen. Marty Golden is all for spying on mosques — except when he’s not. Comments (2).

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Bay Ridge

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

The two contenders all but drew blood at their third meeting before the November election. Comment.
Manhattan Beach

The debate over the debate

Manhattan Beach Community Group President Ira Zalcman claims Assemblyman Steven Cymborwitz is ducking a debate because the legislature thinks the civic council is biased against him. Comments (6).
Sheepshead Bay

Kagan on Kagan

Ari Kagan, the Russian-American journalist who beat incumbent Democratic district leader Michael Geller at the polls, gives us the lowdown on how he plans to unify Southern Brooklyn Democrats. Comments (6).
Politics

Borough president’s first foray into politics revealed!

Borough President Markowitz cut his political teeth fighting for the little guy — literally! Comment.

September, 2012

Politics

Brooklyn’s new Democratic boss is Frank Seddio

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 (2).
Politics

Boss loss emboldens borough Democrats

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 (3).
Politics

Fidler: Vito Lopez helped me get a new lease on life

Embattled Assemblyman Vito Lopez rushed to the aid of Councilman Lew Fidler when the Marine Park Democratic district leader was misdiagnosed with leukemia in July, the grateful city legislator said this week as he warned colleagues not to judge a book by its cover — even one being investigated for sexually harassing female staffers. Comments (4).
Politics

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

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. Comment.

August, 2012

Politics

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

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 (1).
Politics

The party’s over! Lopez to step down as Democratic chairman next month

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. Comment.
Politics

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

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. Comment.

May, 2012

Clinton Hill

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

Author and environmental blogger Colin Beavan will run for Congress this year on the Green Party ticket. Comment.

April, 2012

Bay Ridge Courier

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

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.
Canarsie

Report: Veteran Rep. Ed Towns to retire

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

March, 2012

Canarsie

Map quest over for Jeffries

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. Comment.

February, 2012

Features

Line dance: State Senate redistricting debate rages on

Albany Republicans released a redistricting map on Jan. 27 that would change Brooklyn’s political landscape, giving state Sen. Marty Golden a lot more real estate, creating an “Orthodox district” in Midwood and Borough Park, and ripping disgraced state Sen. Carl Kruger’s district off the map. Republicans claim that the new lines make sense, but Democrats say that the entire map has to be thrown out and redrawn in a non-partisan way. We asked the two candidates vying for Kruger’s district to weigh in: Comment.
Features

We need to go back to the drawing board

And they wonder why people are so cynical about politics and politicians. Comments (1).
Features

It makes sense to draw ‘ethnic’ lines

A lot of noise has been made about the redistricting proposal submitted last week by the State Legislature. And, of course, most of the noise comes from people who have a problem with the plan. Comment.

January, 2012

Downtown

Carlo cashes in: Scissura breaks fundraising records

The Borough Hall hopeful raises $127,000 in three months Comment.
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