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December, 2014

Grimm: I cheated the tax man

Bay Ridge: He pleaded guilty to a felony this afternoon, but could still avoid jail time and remain in office. Comments (11)

November, 2014

Hey, Loretta! Brooklyn federal prosecutor tapped for attorney general

Politics: U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch is hitting the big time. Comments (2)

Neighbors toasting neighbors: Williamsburg activist org marks two decades

Williamsburg: The Williamsburg activist group Neighbors Allied for Good Growth celebrated its 20th birthday on Nov. 6. Comments (1)

Recchia wrecked: Grimm reaps convincing victory

Bay Ridge: The congressman who famously threatened to break a reporter in half “like a boy” got the next best thing when his opponent conceded Tuesday’s election. Comments (8)

Brook no challenger: Brook-Krasny edges out Republican opponent

Politics: The 46th Assembly District will stay blue — despite a strong showing from area Republicans. Comments (1)

Brooklyn Heights assemblywoman raged within the machine

Brooklyn Heights: Longtime Brooklyn Democratic Party functionary Jo Anne Simon just got a big-time promotion to assemblywoman, but she didn’t get there without a fight. Comment

Congresswoman’s pledges as she enters 12th term

Williamsburg: Her stated priorities for the next term: Keep Brooklyn working class, immigrant-friendly, and affordable to live in. Comments (8)

Greenpoint pol’s game is the longest out there

Greenpoint: He’s still at it, 42 years after first taking office. Comment

Golden is still golden

Bay Ridge: Voters from Bay Ridge to Marine Park threw their weight behind Martin Golden in the 22nd state Senate District on Election Day. Comments (7)

Take two: Greenpoint’s congresswoman eyes 2nd term, 22nd year

Greenpoint: She’s no longer the new pol on the block. Comments (4)

Governor: Andrew Cuomo vs. Rob Astorino

Politics: Gov. Cuomo’s first term is up for appraisal by voters as he faces off with Westchester conservative Rob Astorino. Comments (5)

Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman vs. John Cahill

Politics: John Cahill faces a tough lift in taking on incumbent Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who, though he has maintained a lower profile than his predecessors, is banking on his record of lucrative settlements with white collar criminals to carry him to victory. Comments (1)

22nd state Senate District: Martin Golden vs. James Kemmerer

Politics: Six-term incumbent Martin Golden is defending his seat from upstart tech entrepreneur James Kemmerer. Comment

11th Congressional District: Michael Grimm vs. Domenic Recchia

Bay Ridge: Indicted incumbent Rep. Michael Grimm is defending his seat against former Councilman Domenic Recchia in this tight race. Comment

The three ballot questions

Politics: In addition to the candidates on Tuesday’s ballot, there is a series of three pressing questions that lawmakers have put to the people for a vote. The answers are a simple yes or no, but the questions can be confusing. Here is a quick rundown of what to expect in the booth. Comment

October, 2014

Brooklyn pols break bread, cheesecake at Junior’s

Downtown: A who’s-who of Brooklyn politicos gathered Downtown this morning to glad-hand over breakfast, just days before the midterm election. Comment

Golden boy: Government watchdog endorses Ridge incumbent

Bay Ridge: A political-corruption watchdog group has endorsed the campaign of a Brooklyn politician under investigation for corruption. Comments (4)

Bushwick residents rally against gentrification

Bushwick: Activists demanded tighter rent regulations and described landlord harassment at the protest yesterday afternoon. Comments (41)

Garbage dispersal: Bill seeks to lower W’burg, G’point trash burden

Greenpoint: Greenpoint and Williamsburg are unfairly burdened with stinky, loud, polluting trash trucks, and a bill pols and activists are touting as a cure would not do much to change that. Comments (3)

September, 2014

Rumble in the Ridge

Bay Ridge: Sparks flew at the Bay Ridge Community Council’s “Great Bay Ridge Debate” on Sept. 23, but in the case of indicted incumbent Congressman Michael Grimm, the stage was all his. Comments (1)

Brooklyn Scots on the rocks after independence vote fails

Politics: Last night, three thousand miles away from Scotland, Scottish ex-pats and Americans of Scottish descent gathered at Brooklyn bars to toss back pints and watch the poll results flow in. Comments (2)

The Brooklyn Paper’s primary coverage — on TV!

Politics: Don’t have time to read all the stories about last night’s primary? Or have you read every last word and yet you’re finding yourself hungry for more hard-hitting analysis? Well here’s deputy editor Nathan Tempey talking with our TV pals at BK Live today about all the highlights. Comments (4)

Beep Adams: Slope proxy win makes me ‘real kingmaker in Brooklyn’

Park Slope: Borough President Adams’ handpicked successor to his Park Slope state Senate seat crushed his opponent in the Democratic primary on Tuesday night in a breakaway win that surprised observers. Comments (1)

Dem machine holds strong in B’Heights Assembly race

Brooklyn Heights: So much for that insurgency. Comments (8)

Bushwick pol back in action, surrounded by allies

Bushwick: Machine Bushwick Assembly candidate Erik Dilan bested his challenger from the faltering left wing of Brooklyn liberal politics in Tuesday night’s low-turnout primary election. Comment

Red Hook on the hook for another two years of incumbent

Red Hook: Longtime Red Hook Assemblyman Felix Ortiz breezed to victory past his first serious challenger in years on Tuesday night in the primary. Comments (2)

Flatbush shakeup signals end of Jacobs era

Politics: The upstart has it. Comment

Williamsburg upstart takes district leader race by storm

Williamsburg: Race to the Rizzo! Comments (5)

Prescription grasses: B’Heights Assembly hopefuls pitch B’Bridge Park cures

Brooklyn Heights: The three candidates for retiring Brooklyn Heights Assemblywoman Joan Millman’s seat propose a ferry terminal and competing public financing schemes to spare the park from further development. Comments (1)

Governor: Cuomo vs. Teachout

Politics: Fordham Law School professor Zephyr Teachout is a long-shot for the governor’s mansion, but one that is gaining more traction than most in her situation. Cuomo, meanwhile, isn’t doing much campaigning at all. Comments (6)

20th state Senate District (Park Slope and Sunset Park)

Politics: Rubain Dorancy and Jesse Hamilton are going head to head for the empty state Senate seat vacated last year by Borough President Adams. Comments (6)

42nd Assembly District (Flatbush)

Politics: Rodneyse Bichotte and L. Rickie Tulloch are facing off in the Democratic primary for the seat that longtime Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs is vacating with her upcoming retirement. Comments (1)

52nd Assembly District (Brooklyn Heights)

Politics: The contested seat currently belongs to Assemblywoman Joan Millman, who is retiring after 17 years in office to take a job at the Department for the Aging. Her pick for a successor is Jo Anne Simon, who is in an even fund-raising heat with the Working-Families-Party-backed Pete Sikora. Comments (3)

54th Assembly District (Bushwick)

Bushwick: It’s establishment versus upstart in the race for Councilman Rafael Espinal’s former Assembly seat, which has been vacant since he took his new job at the beginning of the year. Comment

August, 2014

Race heats up for soon-to-be-empty B’klyn Heights Assembly seat

Brooklyn Heights: Two Assembly hopefuls vying for a long-held Brooklyn Heights seat ganged up on their shared opponent at their first debate on Monday, claiming he’s abusing campaign finance loopholes. Comments (3)

Cool running: Bearded, tattooed bartender vies to run W’burg politics

Williamsburg: This hipster wants to be your representative. Comments (22)

Dems tour Brooklyn in search of a good time

Prospect Heights: Brooklyn got its close-up on Monday as Democratic officials toured the borough to see if it’s a good fit to host the party’s 2016 convention. Comments (7)

July, 2014

Councilman tweets photo with anti-gay rapper Lord Jamar

Politics: Councilman and avowed hip–hop fan Jumaane Williams raised eyebrows over the weekend when he tweeted a photo of himself with the old-school MC who has gone on a one-man crusade against gay influence in rap. Comments (9)

June, 2014

Velazq-yes! Incumbent cruises to victory in congressional primary

Williamsburg: Eleven-term incumbent Nydia Velazquez has still got it. Comments (14)

Lopsided rivalry heats up in Brooklyn congressional primary

Politics: It’s power versus attorney. Comments (6)

Adams: Give kids hobbies, not guns

Adams on Line 1: We sat down with Borough President Adams this month to chat about two of his personal crusades — reducing gun violence and preventing traffic fatalities, not drinking soy lattes and finding the perfect pair of skinny jeans — though his reaction to Lana Del Rey’s “Brooklyn Baby” did come up in the conversation. Comments (3)

DeBlasio: Brooklyn is political party central

Prospect Heights: The obvious choice to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention is officially in the running. Comments (14)

Former DA Hynes could face $1M larceny rap

Politics: Brooklyn’s former top lawman could spend his retirement behind bars. Comments (12)

May, 2014

Two long-serving assemblywomen announce retirement

Politics: Two of Brooklyn’s leading ladies are bowing out. Comments (2)

April, 2014

The donkey in the room: Every other candidate to host political bash stinks

Prospect Heights: Brooklyn stands head and shoulders above the competition for putting on the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Here is why. Comments (8)

It’s Brooklyn vs. Philadelphia in smackdown for political bash

Prospect Heights: Our favorite to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention is obvious, but will common sense prevail? We ask some local leaders, here and in the City of Brotherly Love, how the suitors stack up. Comments (12)

Grimm reaper — Ridge Rep. indicted for alleged shady business practices

Politics: United States attorneys indicted Rep. Michael Grimm (R–Bay Ridge) on April 28 on charges of illegal business practices at a Manhattan restaurant he operated prior to winning office. Comments (20)

City pitches Barclays as potential venue for 2016 political bash

Atlantic Yards: The obvious best choice is up against venues across the East River and in 15 other cities. Comments (12)

March, 2014

Beep on charity probe: Talk to my lawyer

Adams on Line 1: Borough President Adams was more than happy to give his take on the city’s War on Cars and Coney Island’s first new roller coaster since 1927 — no way is he getting on that thing — but when the conversation turned to recent reports that the city is investigating him after an aide allegedly solicited funds at Borough Hall for a nonexistent group, Adams clammed up and directed us to talk it over with his attorney. Comments (2)

Ukraine pain! Brooklynites from war-torn nation blast Russia

Politics: The conflict wrenching apart Ukraine is opening schisms among the nation’s emigres in Brooklyn — but they seem to agree on one point: Russia needs to stay out. Comments (8)

Stringer tell! The Brooklyn Paper sits down with the new comptroller

Politics: In this wide-ranging interview, Scott Stringer talks settling wrongful conviction lawsuits against Brooklyn’s former DA, why Brooklyn is the “new frontier” for tech jobs, and whose side he takes in Gov. Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio’s spat over how to fund universal prekindergarten. Comments (2)

February, 2014

DA taps three legal eagles to investigate predecessor’s convictions

Politics: District Attorney Ken Thompson has selected a trio of power attorneys to pick over the legacy of the man he defeated last November — 23-year top lawman Charles “Joe” Hynes. Comments (7)

Eric Adams by the numbers

Adams on Line 1: The beep wants to use real-time data to bring city services like snow removal out of the “Ice Age.” Comments (2)

Repping Brooklyn! Flatbush Congresswoman wants smooth landings for borough musicians’ gear

Politics: A Flatbush pol is demanding airlines take better care of Brooklyn musicians’ precious cargo. Comments (7)

January, 2014

MEET WILL BREDDERMAN: Our reporter talks Rep. Grimm’s NY1 threats — on NY1

Politics: You read his ace coverage of Rep. Michael Grimm’s State of the Union address meltdown. Now you can watch reporter Will Bredderman discuss Grimm’s history of temper flare-ups on NY1’s “Inside City Hall.” Comment

Grimm tale: Pol backtracks after threatening reporter

Bay Ridge: Rep. Michael Grimm says he is sorry for menacing a television journalist after the President’s State of the Union address on Jan. 28, but Dems are saying he is not sorry enough — and political experts say he soon may be even sorrier. Comments (13)

Tracing the congressman’s temper

Bay Ridge: Hot-headed Rep. Michael Grimm’s scrape with NY1 reporter Michael Scotto may not have been the first time his temper got the best of him in public. Stories about the Bay Ridge congressman’s volatile demeanor have followed him for years, so we have rounded up the Republican’ greatest hits. Comment

‘Satanic’ Pussy Riot not welcome in Brooklyn: Orthodox priest

Prospect Heights: The world-renowned Russian anarchists who plan to appear at a Feb. 5 concert at the Barclays Center are actually disciples of the Antichrist, according to one man of the cloth. Comments (10)

Brooklyn celebrates Martin Luther King day

Politics: We remembered King for a day. Comments (2)

Thompson appointees bring history, baggage to new posts

Politics: The first high-profile appointments by new District Attorney Ken Thompson come to Brooklyn with some history from the Manhattan prosecutor’s office — and even a bit of baggage. Comments (2)

Reynoso starts reign taking aim at gentrification

Checkin’ in with: We caught up with Williamsburg’s new councilman two weeks into his term and learned fighting out-of-control rents is at the top of his to-do list. Comments (17)

In case you missed it: Reporter Will Bredderman talked DeBlasio, first-year Council class on TV

Politics: He did it again! Political reporter extraordinaire Will Bredderman was a guest on yesterday’s edition of BK Live! hosted by our pals at Brooklyn Independent Media. He talked the early days of the DeBlasio administration and what an ultra-progressive bloc means for city politics. This is must-see TV and you can watch it right here. Comment

DeBlasio corrected for showing up to jailer graduation an hour late

Politics: Sloper-in-Chief DeBlasio further cemented his reputation for serial tardiness yesterday, when he kept the Department of Corrections academy’s graduation ceremony waiting. Comments (18)

In case you missed it: Reporter Will Bredderman talked what 2014 means on TV yesterday

Politics: Political reporter extraordinaire Will Bredderman was a guest on yesterday’s edition of BK Live over at Brooklyn Independent Media. He served up some incisive analysis about who is still living the Hurricane Sandy recovery, what the future holds for Democratic power couple Charles and Inez Barron, and what new Borough President Eric Adams has hanging over his head. He was joined by our pal Kenton Kirby, editor-in-chief of Caribbean Life, and Jarret Murphy, editor-in-chief of City Limits. You can catch all the action right here. Comment

Exit through the gift shop: Tears and tchotchkes on Markowitz’s last day

Williamsburg–Greenpoint Waterfront: Marty Markowitz begins the new year as a borough president, minus the “p.” Comments (7)

Zero tolerance: Grieving Slope parents say they’ll hold DeBlasio to his promise to end crash deaths

Mean Streets: Street safety advocates and Park Slopers descended upon Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s Jan. 1 inauguration ceremony to remind the freshly-minted executive that he promised to bring traffic deaths in the city down to zero by 2024. Comments (33)

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