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Bay Ridge is famously divided by its Assembly district lines — and the neighborhood is also divided about what to do about it.

The Bay Ridge Democrats, a new political club, hosted a panel discussion earlier this month about the general topic of redistricting — but the specific subject of Bay Ridge’s five Assembly districts kept coming up all night long.

In leading the discussion, Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman tried to keep his panelists — veteran journalist Wayne Barrett, good government guru Alex Camarada of Citizens Union, election lawyer Jerry Goldfeder and former Parks Commissioner Henry Stern — focused on the coming state-wide redistricting and what it will mean for the city in general.

But the panel had other ideas, dropping bons-mots after bons-mots about politics and power.

“There are only two political parties,” Stern said at one point. “Those who are in power and those who want to gain power.”

But some say that’s the issue when it comes to Bay Ridge, which was cut up into five Assembly districts to dilute Republican voting power. As a result, only one of the Assemblymembers who districts touch Bay Ridge wears elephant-themed clothing.

Supporters of the current lines say that having more representatives helps.

“When I want something, I can call five different people,” said former District Leader Ralph Perfetto.

During a question-and-answer session, former cop and local activist Peter Killian made a long speech about the importance of having one voice in Albany for the neighborhood. Rising to his feet, he called on all four dozen attendees to raise their hands and “take the pledge” to fight for a single district. Perfetto refused to raise his hand.

The man who beat Perfetto, new District Leader Kevin Peter Carroll, took the pledge months ago. He believes that having a single elected official will give the neighborhood a unified voice.

“We have vacant store fronts and problems keeping small businesses open,” explained Carroll, who was not at the forum. “Even potholes are a problem, but there is no one here to see them.”

None of the Assemblymembers — Dov Hikind (D–Boro Park), Nicole Malliotakis (R–Staten Island), Peter Abbate (D–Dyker Heights), Alec Brook-Krasny (D–Coney Island) and Felix Ortiz (D–Sunset Park) — has an office in Bay Ridge. And none focus exclusively on the neighborhood.

“We need someone in Albany saying what’s best for Bay Ridge,” said Carroll. “We have different needs than Staten Island, Sunset Park and Borough Park.”

Perfetto has pointed out that there’s a problem with Carroll’s push for a single Assemblymember: that person would likely be a Republican!

And party affiliation is not the only concern of local Democrats; in a Democrat-controlled Assembly, Republicans lack power.

“A Republican would not have the clout that Bay Ridge needs,” Perfetto said.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Bay Ridge says:
Peter Abbate, does not represent Bay Ridge, his district includes Bensonhurst, Dyker Hgts and Borough Park. Assemblyman Alec Brook_krasny has an office in Bay Ridge, run by Linda Lupia. His staff attends all Bay Ridge meetings and functions. This article is incorrect.
March 23, 2011, 1:08 pm
ALICE from RIDGE says:
CAROLL JUST WANTS ALEC'S SEAT. FESS UP KID. bE HAPPY YOU ARE A DISTRICT LEADER BECAUSE THAT'S THE BEGINNING AND END OF YOU IN POLITICS. DON'T YOU GET IT, BAY RIDGE HATES YOU.
March 23, 2011, 1:51 pm
Jigsy says:
Carroll is a clown. The local Republicans and Conservatives agree with his idea. That should set off an alarm but Carroll is only concerned with himself and doesn't realize it. When Fran MArrone and Peter Cipriano agree with your DEmocratic idea, THAT is an issue. I am sorry but Carroll is CLUELESS.
March 23, 2011, 5:26 pm
inmyopinion from Brooklyn says:
For the information of Mr. Caroll and all of those calling for one Assembly District in Bay Ridge--check the history. For decades Bay Ridge has always had more than one representative and the needs of the people have been met. Over the years, those who represent the community have had a presence. It is outlandish to say that no one has their eyes and ears on the pulse of Bay Ridge. And it just as outlandish to proclaim that the needs of Bay Ridge differ than those of other communities. Pot holes, street lights, safe streets, good schools, open senior centers, excellent health care, and constituent services are needed everywhere. How has Bay Ridge been ignored? It hasn't. Sounds like its more about politics than reality. Maybe Mr. Carroll has his eye on the Assembly seat or he wants to welcome in a totally Republican Assembly District. One District would result in the later rather than the former.
March 23, 2011, 6:49 pm
AlecHasMyVote from The Ridge says:
I love his reasoning. Stores are closing in Bay Ridge. Kevin Carroll are you going to open the stores? Is that why Bay Ridge should get rid of Alec Brook-Krasny and vote for you? Grow up. Look around the city, look around the country there are plenty of stores that have closed. You think you will be better for Bay Ridge than Alec Brook-krasny?

This is not about his love for Bay Ridge this is about his love for himself and becoming an assemblyman. I predict, he will be a one term district leader and that will be the end of him.
March 23, 2011, 10:42 pm
Turner says:
If you're a Democrat and Republican and Conservative leaders are the only ones standing with you on a cause, it might be time to rethink the cause. Think about it.
March 24, 2011, 12:39 am
Karen says:
Former District Leader Ralph Perfetto was a definitive "man's man." He got things done. You could go to Ralph with an issue and feel confident that he would not only know what to do but he would take care of it and get results. Kevin Carol is just a little boy with much to learn.
March 24, 2011, 12:50 am
inmyopinion from Brookyln says:
I agree with the previous posts. This article has serious flaws. Facts need to be checked on who presently represents Bay Ridge. And yes, Former District Leader Ralph Perfetto was truly a gentleman and his word was his word. He worked dilligently to get things done. And although he lost the election, he continues to be a presence in our community. Ralph Perfetto does so much good with seeking the media attention. What Kevin Carroll is doing is seeking media time--getting his name in the newspapers. He is a novice--its about reaching out to help people and working hard, not about making broad statements that in reality he hopes to benefit no one but himself. How wrong he is....
March 24, 2011, 8:25 am
InformedVoter from Bay Ridge says:
The "Democratic District Leader" Notice I said "Democratic" aha Kevin Peter Carroll waltzed around Shore Hill with The republican Nicole Malliotakis who became the republican Assemblywoman Thanks to "Boy Wonder" "Dimwit District Leader" There is now a "Kevin Rule" stating that elected officials are no longer allowed into that building. Good Job Kevin Baby. You are just what Bay Ridge Needs, a fake dem to kisses ass with the ridge republicans. Trust me, they will not endorse, or vote for you, they will use you like a kleenex and toss you away, just like you use people. The days of Kevin are wanning.
March 24, 2011, 11:50 am
Truth or Dare from Bay Ridge says:
Lets play truth or dare. Ready Kevin Peter Carroll?

This is how the game is played. You firmly state that you want what is best for Bay Ridge. You say that Bay Ridge wants only one assembly district.

I have an offer you can't refuse, sign a pledge that if the "powers to be" make it a one assembly district, you will not run for the seat.
March 24, 2011, 12:03 pm
Sizzle from Brooklyn says:
Ralph Perfetto knew how to work with all the democratic's Mr. Carroll does not have any democratic relationships with the elected officials in Bay Ridge Dying for attention he aligns himself with the republicans. He is so far up the ass of Fran Marrone he can see her capped teeth. Carroll plans on paying bacl all those who did not endorse him.
He is on a self destructive ego trip, lets watch him crash and burn.
March 24, 2011, 12:30 pm
TiredOfLiars from The Ridge, Where Else says:
Currently, Bay Ridge has four Assembly districts, dominated by the 60th Assembly District in the north, plus western shorefront blocks, and the 46th A.D. of Alec Brook-Krasny in the south. Sections of Dov Hikind’s 48th AD, primarily Borough Park-based, and Felix Ortiz’s 51st A.D., primarily Sunset Park-based, are in the northeast corner. All three are Democrats.

However, with redistricting by the state legislature scheduled for next year that would re-draw government unit lines for the Assembly, state Senate and Congress based on 2010 Census data in time for the 2012 elections, the move toward one Assembly District for Bay Ridge is gaining momentum. After Hyer-Spencer gave her strong nod, opponent Malliotakis, also a Staten Island resident, agreed. “I absolutely support one Bay Ridge district. Bay Ridge deserves its own one seat in Albany,” she said.

Mr. Carol did you forget Ms. Hyer-Spencer, Shelly Silver didn't. Be careful what you wish for. If there is another assembly district, Brook-Krasny & Hyer-Spencer will be taken care of, you, will be left out in the cold. Better buy an overcoat.
March 24, 2011, 1 pm
Honest Voter from Bay Ridge says:
Nobody believes Kevin's BS. He makes believe he is everybody's friend meanwhile he is nobody's friend. All of Bay Ridge is onto you. Next media whore, get your facts straight. Mr. District Leader, take your nose out of your armpits and look around Bay Ridge, you will see that Assemblyman Brook-Krasny shares an office with Vincent Gentile.
March 24, 2011, 1:57 pm
Watching The Kevin Show from Bay Ridge says:
I voted for him and I made a huge mistake. He bashed lopez when it was of use to him. Then he needed a job, made nice with lopez. He talks a good game, but game over. Wise up punk, Bay Ridge see's who you really are. This kid is messing with brook-krasny, gentile, and abbate. The joke is on him only he does not know it yet.
March 24, 2011, 4:49 pm
Mary O´Dwyer says:
I am happy to see people are finally realiizing Kevin is a fake. Its about time!
March 25, 2011, 2:25 pm
George from Bay Ridge says:
I think a pledge is a great idea for Kevin to sign. he can put to rest all these negative comments. Kevin is this politics as usual or do you care about bay ridge. I hope it's not to further your career if so, you no longer will have my vote.
March 25, 2011, 4:54 pm
James Nikolaras says:
Sadly everything Kevin does is politics as usual. It is very sad to see someone so young already so misguided. Don´t be fooled, everything Kevin does is to further his career. He cares about nothing but himself and his twisted ambitions.
March 25, 2011, 5:39 pm

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