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November, 2018

Golden concedes state Senate race to Gounardes, ending 16-year run in office

Bay Ridge: Republican Marty Golden formally conceded his Southern Brooklyn seat of sixteen years to Democratic rival and state Senator–elect Andrew Gounardes on Monday, 13 days after Gounardes claimed an Election Day victory in the race. Comments (6)

Bklyn pol pushing to axe Public Advocate office

A Bensonhurst councilman on Wednesday introduced a bill to eliminate the watchdog position of Public Advocate, weeks ahead of a special election to fill the seat that the current officeholder will vacate to become the state’s next attorney general. Comments (12)
Bay Ridge: The Golden era has come to an end. Comments (18)
It was a big night for the blue party in Kings County, with New York City’s Democratic Public Advocate Letitia “Tish” James winning her race to become the state’s first black attorney general, and two Dem challengers knocking incumbent Republicans from their House and state Senate seats. Read on for our full general-election recap. Comments (25)

It’s is Election Day! Get out and vote!

Perspective: We know, we know. We said we weren’t going to do this. But here goes… Get out and vote! Comments (19)

Race spotlight: Marty Golden vs. Andrew Gounardes

Bay Ridge: Golden, the eight-term Republican incumbent, will face off against Democratic candidate Andrew Gounardes for the second time, after beating him back in 2012. Comments (9)

Race spotlight: Mathylde Frontus vs. Steven Saperstein

Coney Island: Frontus and Saperstein are battling to claim an Assembly seat tainted by the corruption of disgraced former Assemblywoman Pamela Harris. Comment

Race spotlight: Dan Donovan vs. Max Rose

Bay Ridge: Trump-endorsed Republican incumbent Dan Donovan, the only GOP congressmember from New York City, faces a close race against his Democratic challenger Max Rose. Comments (7)

Race spotlight: Zellnor Myrie vs. Jesse Hamilton

Crown Heights: State Sen. Jesse Hamilton is heading into this year’s general election on the back foot, after Democratic voters awarded the blue party’s nomination to political newcomer Zellnor Myrie in September’s primary. Comments (2)

Race spotlight: Brian Kavanagh vs. Anthony Arias vs. Stuart Avrick

Brooklyn Heights: Republican challenger Anthony Arias and Conservative challenger Stuart Avrick are looking to unseat the freshman incumbent, Democrat Brian Kavanagh, who switched houses after a January special election that put him in Albany’s upper chamber. Comment

Top of the ballot races

The victors of these races will not only govern over your neck of the woods, but the entire state. Comment

More ballot battles: A nabe by nabe primer on general-election races

The incumbents in these races, all Democrats, enjoy relatively strong support in the borough, but they will nonetheless face challenges from hopefuls at the ballot box. Comment

Running unopposed: Incumbents set to return to office

Photo Galleries: These federal and state pols will almost certainly stay in office for another term, as they face no contests for their seats. Comments (2)
Mayor DeBlasio shot down Borough President Adams’s call for off-duty and retired police officers to bring their weapons to their houses of worship. Comments (20)

October, 2018

Republican state Sen. Marty Golden and his Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes sparred over different characterizations of their views in front of a raucous crowd during a Tuesday debate at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge. Comments (5)
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Gounardes: Golden should lose job, driver’s license

Bay Ridge: State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) should have his driver’s license revoked, according to his Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes, in his inaugural appearance on Brooklyn Paper Radio on Oct. 19. Comments (1)

Political novice wins Dem nod for Coney Assembly seat in primary upset

Coney Island: It’s officially an upset. Comments (3)

September, 2018

Party Line: Letitia “Tish” James is likely to become the state’s first black attorney general following her Democratic primary win last week, and a handful of local lawmakers are reportedly ready to step into her citywide watchdog role if she does. Comments (8)

Primary news: Tish moves forward, Salazar stuns Dilan

Primary news: Tish moves forward, Salazar stuns Dilan

Photo Galleries: Brooklynite and former Fort Greene Councilwoman Letitia James is now the Democratic nominee for New York State Attorney General, and was just one of the self-described progressives who won big in Thursday’s primary elections. In Bushwick, upstart Julia Salazar topped longtime state Sen. Martin Dilan, and another political novice bested sitting state Sen. Jesse Hamilton in Crown Heights. Read on for our full recap. Comments (26)
Photo Galleries: Read on for our primer on today’s statewide primary elections before you hit the voting booth to cast your ballot. Comments (6)

August, 2018

Decided: Dem. Socialist will face Bushwick’s Dem. state senator on primary ballot

Bushwick: Voters can officially fill in the bubble for the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist candidate looking to unseat Bushwick’s sitting Democratic state senator in the Sept. 13 primary elections, after the state’s highest court threw out the eight-term incumbent’s case to kick her off the ballot on Aug. 29. Comments (19)
Mean Streets: The city’s 140 school-zone speed cameras will resume issuing tickets the day before more than 1.1-million schoolchildren return to classes on Sept. 5, thanks to a Council-brokered deal between Mayor DeBlasio and Gov. Cuomo. Comments (19)

Appellate judges rule against state senator’s attempt to remove challenger from ballot

Bushwick: A panel of judges on Wednesday denied an appeal that Bushwick’s sitting Democratic state senator filed in an attempt to kick his Democratic Socialist challenger off the ballot, ruling against the pol’s claims that his opponent has not lived in the district long enough. Comments (2)

The mayor on transparency: My spokespeople should give their names

Perspective: A recent trend of agency officials not telling reporters who they are needs to stop, says Mayor DeBlasio. Comments (4)
Bay Ridge: A new poll shows that the majority of state Sen. Marty Golden’s constituents support preserving and expanding the city’s school-zone speed-camera program that expired on July 25. Comments (9)

The president, the mayor, fake news, and your local paper

Editorial: CNG editors say attacks on the free press are attacks on American values. Comments (22)

Insurgent fights to get on Dem primary ballot

The 27-year-old self-proclaimed Democratic socialist looking to unseat a longtime democratic state senator claims the long-time pol is trying to kick her off the ballot. Comments (7)

July, 2018

Mean Streets: All 140 of the city’s school-zone speed cameras stopped doling out tickets on July 25, after state senators failed to vote on a new authorization in time. Comments (10)

Special delivery: Judge stops deportation of undocumented pizza delivery man and demands his release from jail

Fort Hamilton: A judge stayed the deportation of undocumented immigrant Pablo Villavicencio-Calderon and demanded he be immediately released from detention on July 24, nearly two months after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained the pizza delivery man at Fort Hamilton Army Base on June 1. Comments (23)

United front: Southern Brooklyn Dems join forces to defeat Golden

Bay Ridge: A pair of rival Southern Brooklyn pols are now united in their mission to unseat Bay Ridge’s incumbent Republican state senator after both lined up behind one of his Democratic opponents. Comments (9)

Rush to redemption: Gov. demands special state Senate session to vote on speed-camera bill, slams GOP for inaction

State Senators must return to the capital for a special session to vote on a bill to double the number of speed cameras allowed citywide before the current camera program expires on July 25, Gov. Cuomo announced on Friday. Comments (4)

Whiplash! Golden reverses again, demands Senate reconvene for vote on speed-camera bill

Mean Streets: Bay Ridge state Sen. Marty Golden bowed to weeks of protests from constituents demanding he save speed cameras on Wednesday, when he called on the Senate’s Republican majority leader to reconvene the body to vote on a speed-camera bill that would double the number of cameras citywide before the current ones switch off on July 25. Comments (3)
Mean Streets: A Park Slope mother whose son was killed by a reckless driver recently spent 24 hours protesting outside a Bay Ridge state senator’s local office because she claimed the pol backtracked on a personal promise that he’d push the passage of a bill to double the number of speed cameras citywide, which his Republican party blocked in the state Senate. Comments (13)
Fort Hamilton: Fort Hamilton Army Base must release the waiver that officials claim an undocumented pizza delivery man signed to allow a background check before Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials detained him at the base on June 1, the man’s lawyers are demanding. Comments (11)

June, 2018

Incumbents prevail in Bklyn primaries

Tuesday’s primary elections were largely a victory for incumbents, but some challengers snuck up to the sitting reps more closely than others. Here’s our recap of the federal primary-election results in Brooklyn. Comment

Incumbent Rock-to-Ridge congressman beats tax cheat in GOP primary

Bay Ridge: The sitting Rock-to-Ridge congressman clinched the Republican nomination in the June 26 primary race, beating back a challenge from the convicted felon who formerly held the seat. Comments (11)
Fort Greene: A Fort Greene deli owner who immigrated to Brooklyn from the Middle East as a toddler turned his storefront into a passionate rebuke of President Donald Trump’s contentious immigration policy that ripped thousands of youngsters from their parents as the migrant families arrived at the nation’s southern border. Comments (24)
Fort Hamilton: The guards at Fort Hamilton Army Base routinely give a tough time to deliverymen — especially those who are non-White — alleged workers at local eateries that frequently make deliveries to the base, where the federal government detained an undocumented pizza deliveryman on June 1. Comments (15)
Bay Ridge: The federal government must release an undocumented immigrant who Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers detained while he made a routine pizza delivery to Fort Hamilton Army Base on June 1, demanded protesters gathered just across the street at John Paul Jones Park in Bay Ridge on June 6. Comments (40)

Bay Ridge congressman whacked by both sides over ‘hateful’ mailer

Bay Ridge: They’re going postal! Comments (4)

Slope Assemblyman endorses local lawyer to replace embattled district leader

Park Slope: A Park Slope state pol threw his support behind a local attorney running for the low-level, unpaid post of district leader to represent the Brooklyn Democratic Party days after the area’s current district leader announced he would not seek reelection. Comments (1)

May, 2018

Brooklyn Heights: Public Advocate Tish James, a Brooklynite and lawyer who formerly represented Fort Greene as councilwoman, announced her campaign to become New York State’s next attorney general at a rally on Wednesday. Comments (7)

Long-time Ridge activist and former Council candidate leaving boro

Bay Ridge: Bay Ridge political activist Rev. Khader El-Yateem — who narrowly lost his bid for the neighborhood’s Council seat to Councilman Justin Brannan in last September’s Democratic primary — is trading the County of Kings for the Sunshine State. Comments (1)

Brooklynites eye state AG seat after top prosecutor resigns in disgrace

These locals want to take the law into their own hands. Comments (5)
Downtown: Borough President Adams recently launched a website, Eric Adams 2021, which not so subtly hints at his next steps toward a higher office as the mayor of New York City. Comments (8)

April, 2018

Dems vying for Ridge state Senate seat blast Bklyn GOP for inviting alleged neo-Nazi to gala

It’s not their party — but they’ll cry foul if they want to. Comments (12)

Longtime Midwood assemblyman steps down

A Midwood assemblyman will vacate his seat after three-and-a-half decades in office, he announced on Wednesday. Comments (2)

Questionable question: Local pols and experts condemn adding citizenship question to census

Bay Ridge: Immigration experts, activists, and local pols are condemning the Trump administration’s push to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census, noting that the inquiry could have an outsize effect on Southern Brooklyn. Comments (1)

March, 2018

Downtown: Ethics watchdogs slapped Brooklyn’s embattled former top prosecutor with the highest fine ever dealt by the city for illegal campaign-related activities, after he admitted to abusing his government e-mail during a contentious 2013 re-election bid he ultimately lost. Comments (25)
Fort Hamilton: Students and parents at a Bay Ridge high school questioned the ability of metal detectors to stop an armed shooter after the neighborhood’s state Senator called for “body scanners” in schools. Comment

February, 2018

Flatbush: Mayor DeBlasio returned to his old stomping grounds on Tuesday to deliver his fifth State of the City address at Kings Theatre, but Hizzoner barely mentioned his home borough in the speech, except for shout-outs to the beep and the historic Flatbush playhouse. Comments (6)
Downtown: The government agreed to temporarily halt the deportation of a Brooklynite nationally known for his immigrants’ rights activism after he filed a lawsuit in federal district court on Feb. 9 alleging that the Trump administration is deliberately targeting immigrant activists who speak out on behalf of their cause. Comments (4)
Downtown: A local congresswoman is taking up the cause of a nationally known immigrants’ rights activist by introducing a private bill that would stymie his upcoming deportation. Comments (2)
Bay Ridge: Demonstrators rallied outside the district office of a Bay Ridge state senator on Monday to protest a comment he made about drug addiction in a recent interview that many locals and officials called racially charged. Comments (6)

January, 2018

Brooklyn Heights: The Brooklyn Heights state senator tells us his plans to speed up the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway’s repairs, minimize development in parkland, and curry favor with the Brooklynites he now represents. Comments (3)

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