Challenging the Golden Rule
Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden is facing a Democratic challenger once again.
John Gangemi, a candidate last seen mounting an unsuccessful bid against Eric Adams in the Brooklyn borough president’s race, will mount a run against the Republican lawmaker, he said today.
It was a tale of two subway stops.
Bill de Blasio returned to a Bay Ridge, Brooklyn subway station this morning, where a media scrum mobbed him as he shook a few hands and posed for pictures before jetting off.
What do a seminal 1990′s sitcom and Ken Thompson’s campaign to become Brooklyn’s next district attorney have in common? Plenty, according to incumbent D.A. Charles Hynes.
Although the mayor’s race has drawn most of the media coverage ahead of the upcoming November election, Republican comptroller hopeful John Burnett is also chugging along and trying to make the case for his uphill candidacy.
Election Day: 2013apalooza
Congressman Michael Grimm is rejecting reports suggesting he had sex in the bathroom of a Brooklyn wine bar right before the Washington shutdown began two weeks ago.
Mr. Grimm reportedly spent an unusually long time in the bathroom of The Owl’s Head in Bay Ridge–pegged by the New York Post at 17 minutes–with an unidentified woman. But Mr. Grimm, who is single, flat-out denied the accusation that anything inappropriate occurred.
John Catsimatidis disembarked from his Election Day “Catsimatidis Express” tour bus today in Brooklyn, only to hit a sudden halt minutes later.
Mr. Catsimatidis, who is battling it out with Republican rival Joe Lhota in today’s mayoral primary, emerged from his ride this afternoon with an entourage that included his daughter, local Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and several reporters. But as he walked into a Bay Ridge polling site inside of a school building–treacherous ground for candidates–he encountered several people who very much wanted the billionaire businessman to scram.
“You really shouldn’t be around here,” complained one poll worker as Mr. Catsimatidis glad-handed with voters.
A Cup of Joe
Taking his mayoral campaign to a right-leaning church in Brooklyn, Republican Joe Lhota yesterday pitched himself to Brooklyn seniors as the candidate who would keep the city’s streets safe.
Along with one of his prominent backers, Republican State Senator Marty Golden, Mr. Lhota painted his candidacy as a bulwark against the high crime days of the 1980′s and 1990′s. In particular, he denounced a recent federal ruling that found the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk to be a violation of constitutional rights.
Joe Lhota took his mayoral campaign to southwest Brooklyn today, and the first-time candidate insisted he knows what he’s doing.
“There’s an urban myth about my retail campaigning,” Mr. Lhota, a Republican, told Politicker. “I’ve campaigned not as the candidate, but out front with Rudy Giuliani in ’89 and ’93. I ran with a campaign manager for a whole bunch of people who ran for student body president in college. I understand what you need to do.”
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Stumping in a sweltering Brooklyn subway station this morning, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio brushed off the emerging chatter that his mayoral campaign, once launched with such promise, is stagnating.
“I never expected to be a front-runner for one day on this race. This was always a grassroots effort and that’s what wins,” Mr. de Blasio told Politicker on the platform. “There’s so many examples of the insurgent who works hard winning in the end. That’s the model that’s been shown over and over again.”
Earlier this month, former City Councilman Sal Albanese kicked off his third campaign for mayor on the Democratic line, where he will go head-to-head with a number of major rivals in a packed primary later this year. Even though he last held office in 1997, Mr. Albanese strongly objects to media descriptions–including our own–that gave him long odds, calling them “totally unfair.”
“I think you’ll see as the campaign progresses that this is a real, viable effort. Starting late puts us behind the eight-ball. That’s why some in the media have questioned my ability, but the election is ten months away,” he explained over Sunday brunch in a Bay Ridge diner. “They don’t know my record, most of them. Second of all, if you look at the race in ’97, we garnered 22 percent of the vote. That’s a lot of votes.”