Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal

Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium.
Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium. (Photo: Families for Excellent Schools/Twitter)

Assemblyman Karim Camara, who raised eyebrows earlier this month when he appeared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos at a charter school rally in Albany, isn’t quite on the pro-charter bandwagon any more.

In an interview with the Observer, Mr. Camara, who serves as leader of the state legislature’s minority caucus, said his appearance at the rally should not be seen as an embrace of charter schools beyond what he’s expressed in the past–and that charter schools should not be expanded at the expense of traditional public schools. Continue reading “Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal”

Two Republicans Battling to Challenge Alec Brook-Krasny

Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny. (Photo: Facebook)
Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny. (Photo: Facebook)

Two Republicans have emerged to challenge Brooklyn Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny. 

Stamatis Lilikakis, a Bay Ridge business owner and political newcomer, and Marcus Aurelius Nussbaum, a Republican district leader, are planning to face off in a Republican primary that insiders are calling another stage of a Brooklyn GOP civil war. Continue reading “Two Republicans Battling to Challenge Alec Brook-Krasny”

Jury Reshuffling Delays Boyland Jr. Verdict

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. leaving a Brooklyn federal court house today.
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. leaving a Brooklyn federal court house today.

Jury reshuffling has delayed deliberations in Assemblyman William Boyland Jr.’s corruption trial.

The group had spent most of today deliberating the case against the Brooklyn lawmaker and could not reach a verdict by 5 p.m. today, extending the trial into tomorrow. Since one of the jurors in the case has a prior scheduled commitment tomorrow, an alternate juror who sat in on the trial will serve as a replacement.

Judge Sandra Townes told Mr. Boyland and federal prosecutors that since the alternate juror did not deliberate with the jury today, the jury must begin the deliberation process “anew” tomorrow. It’s not clear when a verdict in the case will ultimately handed down. 

Mr. Boyland has been charged with 21 crimes accusing him of four schemes, including a top count of attempted extortion while serving as an elected official. If convicted, the assemblyman faces up to 30 years behind bars.

Mr. Boyland, hounded by reporters as he left a federal court house today in downtown Brooklyn, declined to comment. 

William Boyland Has Yet Another Challenger

Anthony Jones' campaign slogan contest. (Photo: Jones campaign)
Anthony Jones’ campaign slogan contest. (Photo: Jones campaign)

The 2014 political season is starting to look a lot like 2012 in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

Assemblyman William Boyland, who is again facing corruption charges like he did two years ago, will be up against another crowded field of candidates if he chooses to seek re-election. And the latest candidate to announce a challenge, community activist Anthony Jones, ran against Mr. Boyland in 2012. Continue reading “William Boyland Has Yet Another Challenger”

Boyland Challenger Nets First Union Endorsement of Race

William Boyland. (Photo: Facebook)
Assemblyman William Boyland walking out of a courthouse. (Photo: Facebook)

Lori Boozer, a community activist challenging indicted Assemblyman William Boyland, won the first union endorsement in what may be yet another crowded race for the Brooklyn seat.  Continue reading “Boyland Challenger Nets First Union Endorsement of Race”

Micah Kellner’s Re-election Hits Financial Hurdles

Micah Kellner (Photo: Facebook)
Micah Kellner. (Photo: Facebook)

Assemblyman Micah Kellner, still reeling from sexual harassment allegations, has not raised a single cent for his re-election bid since last summer.

Mr. Kellner raised nothing and spent $31,400 over the last six months, according to his latest state campaign finance filing. That leaves him with just $92.26 in his campaign account–a significant financial disadvantage against a slate of already better-funded rivals if he seeks another term representing the Upper East Side. Continue reading “Micah Kellner’s Re-election Hits Financial Hurdles”