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Former Bay Ridge Councilman Sal Albanese, who is challenging Mayor DeBlasio in September’s primary, launched a new online campaign featuring a “De-BLAH-meter,” which gives voters an opportunity to register their frustration with the mayor — and puts a price on how much they should donate to Sal to help him alleviate frustration.

Fed up New Yorkers can spin the virtual pointer around a semicircle of Hizzoner’s heads, and choose from five levels of dissatisfaction — from “New York Deserves Better” to “I Want Someone Who Shows Up To Work” to “Pay-To-Play, Transit Mess, Indictment Talk —Etc., Etc.” to “He’s Gotta Go!” to “Asaugh! Mayor From Hell!”

And phonetically, since DeBlasio is a stickler for correct pronunciation, the “deblahmeter” should be pronounced, the “duh-BLAH-mah-ter,” according to Albanese.

The meter seemed like a no-brainer for Albanese, who says DeBlasio has him seeing red.

“Everywhere I go I hear negative comments about DeBlasio,” said Albanese, who now lives on bucolic Staten Island. “That’s why I’m running — I wouldn’t be in this if I thought he was doing a good job, I think he’s a terrible mayor.”

Albanese has $124,123 in his war chest compared to DeBlasio’s $4,780,681. Of course, Albanese is not the first to use a meter or scale to help readers easily identify the status of a sticky situation. In fact, Albanese’s concoction looks surprisingly like our sister newspaper’s famous (or infamous) “Greer-ometer” from 2006, which tracked in the Brooklyn Paper the likelihood of then-Brooklyn Cyclones manager George Greer’s chances of getting through a rough season without being fired. After a rough start, that team finished the season in second place with a 41–33 record, and Greer never seemed to be in danger of losing.

Only time will tell if that will be the case for DeBlasio.

Abbate is out

Bensonhurst Assemblyman Peter Abbate, who was mulling a run for the open Bay Ridge City Council seat, endorsed Justin Brannan on Aug. 8 — finally putting the kibosh on rumors whether he’d jump into the crowded race to replace term-limited Councilman Vincent Gentile.

“I have known Justin for as long as he has been active in public service, fighting to improve our community,” said Abbate in a press release Brannan’s campaign sent out. “Time and again, I have seen his unrivaled passion and energy on just about every issue facing the 43rd District, from the need for improved transportation to improving our public schools. I’m proud to stand behind him and endorse his candidacy for city Council.”

For months, Abbate kept the rumors afloat by refusing to answer directly, when reached by phone, if he would throw his hat in the ring, and when he sent out holiday mailers to voters outside of his district in Bay Ridge back in December.

And his potential candidacy was still alive through the spring, when Party boss Frank Seddio said he would have supported the long-term state legislator over the other candidates vying for the same seat back in April.

Reach reporter Julianne Cuba at (718) 260–4577 or by e-mail at jcuba@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @julcuba.
Posted 12:00 am, August 10, 2017
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