December, 2013


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

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! Comment

The President on line one

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. Comments (1)

The President on line one

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
Will’s Watch

A tale of sugar plums and sour grapes

Leading borough Republicans allege that the widening split in Brooklyn’s GOP started with a spat over the scheduling of a Christmas celebration in 2010. Comments (13)

November, 2013


Flatbush pol makes bid to lead Council

A Brooklyn councilman is running to become the next Speaker — but says his campaign is more about being heard. Comments (2)

Should Marty Markowitz become the city’s envoy to the world?

Council members are pushing Mayor-elect DeBlasio to appoint our borough president to the post of New York’s ambassador. Comments (1)

No Speaker for Brooklyn

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

The President-Elect On Line One

State Sen. Eric Adams (D–Flatbush) won the election to replace beloved 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.” Comment
Sheepshead Bay

Checkin’ in with Chaim Deutsch

We sat down with the councilman-elect, who shared his thoughts on the campaign, and how he’ll prepare himself to take office on Jan. 1. Comments (2)

New kids on the block

In addition to a new and much taller mayor in City Hall, the Council will be getting some new faces as well. Comment
Park Slope

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

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. Comment

DeBlast-Off! DeBlasio wins big at the polls

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. Comment

Challenger crushes incumbent in DA race — for the second time

Talk about laying down the law! Comments (3)

October, 2013


Former Rep. Major Owens dies at age 77

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. Comment
Brighton Beach

Suddenly, Russian kingmaker joins Brighton Beach council race

A Russian-language media mogul threw his ushanka in the ring as a last-minute candidate for a council seat that represents Brooklyn’s “Little Odessa” —but he’s going to need voters to bring their pens to voting booths on Nov. 5. Comments (13)

DA Hynes: I’m still a Dem at heart — just running as a Republican

If it walks like an elephant and talks like an elephant … it might still be a donkey! Comments (1)

Protestors kick Hynes rally

Call them surprise witnesses. Comment

Hynes is back in the District Attorney race

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 (13)
Bay Ridge

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

The challenger came out swinging against the incumbent at the first debate to determine who will represent Bay Ridge in the City Council. Comments (9)

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

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 (1)

Raucous caucus! Golden and Eaton collide at Brooklyn GOP Convention

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 (12)

September, 2013


Republican challenger looks to unseat Bensonhurst councilman

Conservative Republican Joseph Hayon is running for office again, promising to be more responsive than Councilman David Greenfield (D–Bensonhurst) — and he says that just by being on the ballot, he makes entrenched incumbents more attentive to constituents. Comment

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

The ousted district attorney made a career out of prosecuting criminals and political adversaries, alike. Comment

Brooklyn candidates sweep the primaries

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 (3)

New order in the court! Brooklyn boots 23-year District Attorney Hynes

Brooklyn primary voters rendered a stunning verdict on six-term District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes — and sentenced him to retirement. Comments (2)

Results for Southern Brooklyn Council races

Voters in the 48th Council District delivered an upset in Tuesday’s primary, selecting Flatbush Shomrim founder Chaim Deutsch over two Russian-speaking candidates in a district that was recently redrawn along ethnic lines to be a so-called “Super Russian District.” Comments (3)

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

Former state assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez lost his council bid to challenger Antonio Reynoso at Tuesday’s primary. Comment

Democratic Primary for Mayor of New York City

Democratic Primary for Mayor of New York City Comment

Republican Primary for Mayor of New York City

Republican Primary for Mayor of New York City Comment

Democratic Primary for Brooklyn District Attorney

Democratic Primary for Brooklyn District Attorney Comment

Democratic Primary for New York City Public Advocate

Democratic Primary for New York City Public Advocate Comment
Sheepshead Bay

Sheepshead Bay — 48th Council District Primary

48th Council District Comments (2)

Hynes and Thompson tangle over absences from debates

District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes and challenger Ken Thompson battered each other for skipping debates in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. Comment

Year of the bear! Russians to conquer council in 2013

Brooklyn will give the city its first Russian-American councilman this year, thanks to an increasingly politically active community of immigrants from the former Soviet Union in the districts of two term-limited representatives, experts say. Comments (6)

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

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 (4)

August, 2013


For whom the bridge tolls?

Is it a bridge toll too far? Comments (2)

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

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. Comment

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

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

Wait, did Anthony Weiner just call us cockroaches?

He said he meant it as a compliment, but I still couldn’t believe my ears. Comments (3)

July, 2013


DA challenge: Thompson says George will seal Hynes victory

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 (1)
Marine Park

Bocce Club election is a battle of the sexes

A member of the Marine Park Bocce Club’s so called “new generation” claims he’s the man to breathe new life into the aging club, and promote gender equality in what many senior members still consider a men’s-only sport. Comments (4)

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

Talk about a security deposit! Comment
Brighton Beach

Storobin seeks GOP, Conservative line in race for Nelson’s seat

David Stororbin has thrown his hat into the race to replace councilman Michael Nelson as the Conservative, Independent, School Choice, and Republican candidate, thus placing himself as the opposition to the winner of the upcoming Democratic primary. Comments (4)

June, 2013

Coney Island

Bloomberg plan calls for turning Coney Island Creek into a swamp

Mayor Bloomberg’s Resiliency Plan — a design for protecting New York City from the next flood — calls for cordoning off the toxic Coney Island Creek and converting it into a giant swamp. Comments (4)
Manhattan Beach

Weiner honored in Manhattan Beach

Anthony Weiner was honored for the first time since he sent photos of his private parts over the internet, then lied about it, then apologized for it, then quit Congress, then ran for mayor. Comments (4)
Sea Gate

Tax dollars to restore Seagate’s private beaches

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. Comment
Checkin’ in with

Testaverde seeks to tackle taxes, water bills

Anthony Testaverde, a long-time Marine Park resident, last week revealed himself as a Republican contender in city council race. Comments (2)

May, 2013

Manhattan Beach

Albanese: Thompson flip-flopped on Muslim monitoring

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. Comment
Sheepshead Bay

Treybich drops out of Council race

And then there were four. Michael Treybich has dropped out of the race to replace Michael Nelson as councilman in the 48th District. Comments (1)
Manhattan Beach

Weiner rising: Manhattan Beach Community Group to honor Anthony tonight

If he wants to take pictures of his crotch, it’s okay with them. Comments (4)
Coney Island

Trading races: Ridge Republican moves campaign to Coney

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 (64)
Mill Basin

GOP bash hosts Catsimatidis, Reagan

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. Comment
Bay Ridge

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

His name was named, and state Sen. Eric Adams missed his meeting with the Bay Ride Democrats. Comment

April, 2013


Marty’s last stand-up: Beep goes comedic in final state of the boro speech

Look out Jimmy Kimmel — Borough President Markowitz is coming for your job. Comments (4)

February, 2013


Albanese on the offensive!

Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese is blasting hizzoner’s budget and two of his campaign rivals for failing to secure vital funding for city services. Comment
Bay Ridge

Fender defender! Gentile fights to keep board chair parking perk

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 (3)
Sheepshead Bay

Locals: Redistricting Commission whitewashed dissent

The aim is to create a “Super Russian” Council district in Sheepshead Bay, but some locals say the tactics smack of the old Soviet Union. Comment

January, 2013

Bay Ridge

Brooklyn bigwigs converge on 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
Bay Ridge

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

Brooklyn Republican leaders are up in arms over state Sen. Marty Golden’s support for New York’s tough new gun law. Comments (1)

Judge tosses sex bias suit against Markowitz

A sex discrimination case against Borough President Markowitz? Fuhgettaboutit! Comments (1)

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