Williams gains progressive endorsements after Brooklyn Advocate forum

Party Line: Flatbush Councilman Jumaane Williams pulled ahead in the crowded race to become the city’s next Public Advocate, after snagging two endorsements from self-proclaimed progressive political clubs following a candidates forum in Brooklyn Heights on Tuesday. Comments (2)

Prosecuting subway-fare beaters is only fair

The Right View: Our columnist argues that officials must continue to bring charges against fare beaters on city subways and buses — whom Manhattan’s district attorney declined to prosecute earlier this year — if they truly hope to shore up the cash-strapped system. Comment
Bay Ridge: Read on for our chat with Democrat Max Rose, who will now represent a swath of Southern Brooklyn — and all of bucolic Staten Island — after ousting New York City’s lone Congressional Republican, Rep. Dan Donovan, in an Election Day upset. Comments (6)

Advocate hopefuls clash over use of cash from potential weed tax

Party Line: These pols are stirring the pot! Comment

A farewell to ‘41’

The Right View: Our columnist remembers former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away on Nov. 30 at 94, and applauds what he calls the career Republican statesman’s legacy of patriotism over party politics. Comment

Two Brooklyn Dems set to take over House leadership roles

Party Line: Two Brooklyn pols are in the House — and about to control it! Comment

Checkin’ in with ... Assemblywoman Mathylde Frontus

Checkin’ in with: Read on for our sit-down with Democrat Mathylde Frontus, who will now represent Coney Island and other nabes in Albany after voters elected the political newcomer to the Assembly seat vacated by disgraced pol and convicted felon Pamela Harris. Comments (3)

Angel should be city’s next Advocate

The Right View: Our columnist says radio host Curtis Sliwa — the founder of anti-crime group the Guardian Angels, and the New York State Reform Party chairman — would be a real contender if he ran in the upcoming special election for Public Advocate, an office Sliwa would likely abolish if elected. Comment

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 (10)

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)

Golden: I won’t concede until all votes are counted

Bay Ridge: Republican State Sen. Marty Golden refuses to concede his seat to Democratic upstart Andrew Gounardes, even after the challenger declared victory in Tuesday’s General Election by winning more than 1,100 votes than the incumbent. Comment

Mayor DeBlasio’s political tragedy

The Right View: For Hizzoner, politics always takes precedence — even over remembering those killed in a terrorist attack, according to our columnist. Comment

Rose ousts Donovan in election-night upset

Bay Ridge: Everything’s coming up Rose. Comment
Bay Ridge: The Golden era has come to an end. Comments (18)

Frontus wins Coney Assembly seat vacated by convicted fraud

Coney Island: She’s wiping the slate clean in Coney Island. Comment
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

Bay Ridge: 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)
Bay Ridge: They’re both men of all people. Comment
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)

Gounardes touts progressive policy platform in race against Golden

Bensonhurst: Voters must oust eight-term incumbent state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) on Nov. 6 because his policies do not reflect the values of his constituents, according to Golden’s Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes, who made his inaugural appearance on the Brooklyn Paper Radio Show on Oct. 19. Comment

Reform Party offers voters choices the others don’t

The Right View: While the Democrats and Republicans go at each other’s throats, the Reform Party offers sanity, says our columnist. Comment

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)

Golden defends staffer with gang ties

Party Line: He’s a Proud Boy and a Golden boy! Comment

Republicans found ‘non-partisan’ club

Party Line: Five local veteran politicos are teaming up to start a so-called nonpartisan club as a way to take the divisiveness out of politics, and instead reach across the aisle to get more done in the neighborhood, according to one of the club’s founders. Comment

It’s time to fix New York City’s street vendor problem

The Right View: Our columnist says mom-and-pop stores are adversely affected by street vendors run rampant in the city. Comment
Bensonhurst: He got the governor’s seal of approval. Comment

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

Bay Ridge: It’s officially an upset. Comments (3)
Party Line: The twice-yearly Kings County Democratic County Committee meeting on Sept. 27 descended into chaos amid boos and shouts of “Shame!” when its chairman again pulled out handfuls of proxies from his back pocket to overrule the hundreds of rank-and-file members who packed the room — a tactic used all too often by the party machine to prevent much-needed reforms, especially during a time when democracy is being challenged across the country, according to one county committee member. Comment

A path for a Republican public advocate in New York City

The Right View: Since its inception in 1993, no member of the GOP has been the city’s public advocate. That could change mext year, says our columnist. Comment
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)

Gounardes nabs Democratic nomination to face off against Golden in November

Bay Ridge: The battle lines are drawn. Comment

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)

Today’s primaries decide who controls tomorrow’s senate

The Right View: Two Brooklyn Democratic primaries this week will determine which party controls the state Senate. Currently, only one vote keeps the Republicans in control of the upper chamber in Albany. Comment

Club’s endorsement called ‘trickery’

Party Line: A new under-the-radar political club, named after the wildly popular Michelle Obama, threw its support behind a controversial Crown Heights state pol last month — but the former First Lady is making it clear she does not support the incumbent. Comment
Bay Ridge: The two Democrats looking to unseat Bay Ridge’s Republican state senator went toe-to-toe last week trying to prove who is more battle-tested to take on the political behemoth that is Marty Golden. Comment

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)

Candidate’s rage against the machine

Party Line: A Coney Islander running for the seat vacated when disgraced former Assemblywoman Pamela Harris (D–Coney Island) resigned after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges is blasting the Democratic Party machine for handpicking and endorsing a rival candidate she says has a weak record of service and less connection to the community than her. Comment

BP Adams is right to support term limits for Community Boards

The Right View: Our columnst just hopes other borough presidents would see what he sees. Comment
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)

The real price we pay for gerrymandering

The Right View: Voters in New York are often deprived a real choice in elections because of gerrymandered districts that allows one party to dominate, elected officials who act to protect their own power and ambitions by undermining their own party members, and local party organizations that fail to run credible candidates. Comment
Bay Ridge: They want this pol to slow down and listen up. Comment

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)

Barkan up the wrong tree: The slippery slope candidate Ross is walking down

The Right View: One week after journalist-turned-politician Ross Barkan attacked Andrew Goundardes for accepting the Reform Party endorsement, our columnist, who heads the party, barks back. Comment
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)

Golden’s staff’s faux pas showing cracks in his armor

The Right View: The Bay Ridge state Senator staff is not serving him well as he faces his first real competition for his seat, says our columnist. Comment

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)

Winners and losers in Dan Donovan’s big win

The Right View: Over the past few months, the Republican congressional primary between incumbent Dan Donovan and Michael Grimm was in the spotlight, not only in Brooklyn and Staten Island, but throughout the nation. There were contentious debates, tweets from President Trump, contrasting polls, and fierce competition between supporters of both men. Comment

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)

At the Fort Hamilton Army Base, the law is the law

The Right View: Staff at the base did the right thing by detaining Pablo Villavicencio, says our columnist. Comment
Coney Island: She took the money and ran — until she got caught. Comment
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)

Should NY legalize gambling on sports?

The Right View: Place your bets! Comment

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)
Bay Ridge: It’s a youth movement! Comment

It is time to reform our community boards

The Right View: Our columnist thinks Craig Hammerman’s arrest has shined a spotlight on New York’s “Little City Halls.” Comment
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)

Public Advocate Tish James launches campaign for state attorney general

Party Line: The city’s head advocate officially wants to be the state’s top attorney. Comment

Brooklynites eye state AG seat after top prosecutor resigns in disgrace

These locals want to take the law into their own hands. Comments (5)

Republicans and Democrats have a chance to win ‘Fray by the Bay’

The Right View: An open Assembly seat in Southern Brooklyn has both parties licking their chops. Comment
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)

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)

Randa Jarrar and the problem with America

The Right View: Shouldn’t we all get together and denouce crazy speach when we hear it? Comment
Bay Ridge: Four Bay Ridgites have created a podcast focusing on Bay Ridge’s past and present after last year’s divisive Council race fueled discussions about what — and who — made up the “old neighborhood.” Comment

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)

Is the ‘Golden Era’ coming to an end?

The Right View: Could this election season be the end of the line for Marty Golden? Comment
Coney Island: Embattled Assemblywoman Pamela Harris resigned from her post on April 2, nearly three months to the day after the Feds charged her with stealing thousands of dollars from the city and federal storm-recovery agencies. Comment
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)

Going to extremes: These proposed laws stink!

The Right View: There oughta not be a law! Comment
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
Bay Ridge: They want her out! Comment

Oakland’s sanctuary city mayor should be arrested

The Right View: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf should be locked up for warning criminals that the feds were coming for them, our columnist says. Comment
Bay Ridge: Protesters rallied outside the office of Bay Ridge’s state senator on Feb. 26, calling for him to support the more-than-decade-old Child Victims Act, which would extend the statute of limitations to allow for survivors of child sex abuse to come forward with their claims as adults. Comment

Rikers Island: The perfect place for a jail

The Right View: Our columnist thinks closing Rikers Island instead of fixing the problems there is an idiotic move. Comment
Bay Ridge: 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)

Manhattan DA’s plan for subway fare cheats is insane

The Right View: District Attorney Cyrus Vance needs to do his job and enforce all laws, not just he ones he likes, says our columnist. Comment
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)

Legal injection centers is not the answer to opioid crisis

The Right View: The city is deciding behind closed doors whether or not to open supervised injection facilites for heroin addicts. Its time to bring that conversation to the public. Comment

Grimm vs. Donovan GOP primary will put Brooklyn in spotlight

The Right View: The GOP primary between Michael Grimm and Congressman Dan Donovan in Bay Ridge’s 11th Congressional District is shaping up to be a referendum of “Trumpism,” and the general election should be a bellweather for the entire country in the upcoming mid-term elections that will determine control of the House of Representatives. Comment
Coney Island: Coney Island’s assemblywoman must resign after the Feds charged her with stealing thousands of dollars from the city and federal storm-recovery agencies, locals demand. Comment
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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