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Bay Ridge Rep. Dan Donovan says he won’t appear in person in Brooklyn anymore

Donovan duck! Ridge Rep. won’t hold public meetings here

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He’s the cowardly congressman!

Rep. Dan Donavan has put a hold on town hall meetings in Bay Ridge because the last time he showed up on this side of the Narrows he was heckled by left-leaning Brooklynites who opposed his pro-Trump policies — sending him back to bucolic Staten Island with his tail between his legs.

Reps for the beleaguered Rep. said he now has no intention of crossing the Verrazano to hold a town hall in the near future because he doesn’t think it would be a worthwhile use of his time.

“We understand that people have concerns, no one is saying that their concerns shouldn’t be heard,” said spokeswoman Alexia Sikora. “It’s a matter of, ‘Are you going to have communication or disruptive rhetoric that’s not productive?’ ”

The revelation came after this newspaper questioned his office about a multitude of “missing” posters claiming Donovan (R–Bay Ridge) is ducking his Brooklyn constituents appeared on telephone poles and phone booths across the Ridge this weekend.

Those posters, which demand Donovan show face in the borough and claim he has never held a public meeting here or even showed up for debates in Brooklyn during his campaign, only prove activist Ridgites are not capable of reasonable discourse, his reps say.

The posters are just a continuation of the disruption that we’ve seen at previous events,” said Sikora.

Donovan’s boycott has some residents saying if he can’t stand the heat, he should get out of the kitchen.

“The fact that he won’t hold a town hall because he doesn’t want us to communicate how we’re feeling is absurd,” said Ridgite Marc Grant. “If his constituents want a public meeting he should give it to us.”

And others saw the humor in the posters as a fun way to get Donovan to show up and speak up.

“This is hilarious — it’s like putting him on a milk carton,” said Ridgite Benjamin Ramirez. “If he’s not listening to the people, they gotta get creative with how they call him out. It doesn’t matter whether he wants to or not — it’s his job.”

But the congressman’s people say he isn’t shutting out Brooklyn altogether.

His reps claimed that Donovan will happily sit down for face-to-face meetings with constituents who set up an appointment via a form on his congressional website, or by calling his office in Dyker Heights at (718) 630–5277 or his Staten Island office at (718) 980–1062.

“Congressman Donovan is in constant communication with his constituents, granting meetings with every single person or group that requests one, and that will always continue,” said spokesman Patrick Ryan.

Donovan isn’t the only congressman getting heat for hiding from constituents.

The mugs of pols in California, Utah, and Iowa have turned up on milk cartons and posters around those towns as well, according to a popular cable news network.

So Ryan says the new “Missing” posters are par for the course.

“Sadly, we have witnessed the true goals of a small percentage of people who are getting their tactics from a distributed manual on how to shout, name-call, and disrupt,” he said. “There’s an important distinction between sharing opinions and shouting down people who have different views. That’s not civil, not respectful, and not productive, and we are not going to participate in a circus.”

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at cspivack@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2523. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 9:48 am, March 2, 2017
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Reasonable discourse

Michael from Bay Ridge says:
Just goes to show that you win more flies with honey than with vineagar. I would like a town hall, but have not been able to jump on the bandwagon of bullying and mocking to get this to happen. I think it would be more effective to request one politely.
While he is supposed to represent our interests, he is under no obliation to hold a town hall. If you want him to use his time to prioritize such a meeting, you should always start by requesting one nicely. You should do that for much longer than you think you need to, as he has many obligations and may need time to sort out the logisitics of such.
Starting aggressively and making it clear your intention is to ambush him is unlikely to give you what you want.
Feb. 28, 8:10 am
Molly from Bay Ridge says:
Dear Michael,
Would you believe that our congressman has been asked quite nicely many times? Because he has. During his campaign he was scheduled to be at a debate and didn't bother showing up. How does that look to the people of Brooklyn. Looks pretty rude to me. This isn't much about whether you are a republican or a democrat. This is about showing the district you supposidely represent that you care about them at all and they won't be left behind with zero representation in Washington. Because that's what it's felt like for a very long time. When your voices aren't being heard, you gotta get creative. Hat's off to these guys for holding him accountable.
Feb. 28, 8:44 am
Gwen from Bay Ridge says:
Ha, sounds like this duck's about to quack!
Don't everyone go and lay an egg over it! (Molly)
Feb. 28, 9:35 am
Wanda says:
I agree with Michael, noneed to be rude.
Feb. 28, 9:55 am
Joel Friedman from Windsor Terrace says:
You crybabies in Bay Ridge helped to elect Donovan just as you elected Marty Golden who continues to shortchange NYC and Broklyn, by voting with NYS Senators who never vote in our favor. You got what you asked for!
Feb. 28, 11:27 am
Hank from Bay Ridge says:
This is getting a little chicken and egg. Donovan represents many constituents who are directly affected by his votes and want to air their concerns and hear his rationales. He has refused to do this since *before he was elected*, to the point that people felt it necessary to disrupt his one (heavily controlled) appearance in Brooklyn. Donovan won't meet his constituents on this side of the bridge, and now he's making up a rationale about civil discourse that's just a cover-up for the fact that, apparently, he can't look his Brooklyn constituents in the eye, or he just doesn't care about them.
Feb. 28, 2:40 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
precious snowflake Dan Donovan. Dump this guy.
Feb. 28, 3:55 pm
Paul from Bay Ridge says:
Donovan's a coward, plain and simple.
March 1, 12:50 am
Sparkle from Bay Ridge says:
I want to be heard. I want to yell and scream at my Congressman. And then I want to yell some more, until my throats is horse and my words are unintelligible. I want to hold up signs demanding that I be heard.

This is what I want.
March 1, 6:28 am
Paddy c from Bay Ridge says:
Why should he go.The liberals don't want to talk. Get over it, you lost.It will be great when that great beautiful wall is built.Then maybe English will be spoken in Bay Ridge again .the free ride is over.
March 1, 9:06 am
Merlino Bruno from Dyker Heights says:
In recent years I have never been to a town hall held by one of our Republican Congressmen that wasn't turned into a three-ring circus by left wing protesters from both in and out of the district. If you want to blame anyone for Donovan's decision, blame the liberals who troll these events and ruin them for everyone, even as they are a political minority in this district!
March 7, 12:51 pm
Reg Dunlop from Charleston says:
Joel Friedman, you soak cork! You know, your son looks like a peacock to me. You better get re-married again, or he's gonna have someone's cork in his mouth before you can say Jack Robinson.
March 7, 10:25 pm
Reg Dunlop from Charleston says:
Hey Friedman! Suzanne soaks parsley! She's a mug luncher! I know! I know! She's a thespian! A thespian!
March 7, 10:29 pm
Merlino Bruno from Dyker Heights says:
Leave it to the radical liberals in this community to flout the Sanitation law against posting such bills on public property. Still voting for Donovan.
June 26, 12:15 pm

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