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.” Continue reading “Joe Lhota Stumps for the Republican Greenmarket Vote”→
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.” Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Goes Underground in Bay Ridge”→
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.”
Former Councilman Sal Albanese, who said last month he’d be officially kicking off his campaign for mayor by December 18, announced his bid this morning. In a moderately lengthy statement on the development, Mr. Albaneese argued he is “uniquely qualified to lead a New York City that leads the world in prosperity and provides a good quality of life for all of its citizens.”
Elected officials and community members rallied against the upcoming reality show “Brooklyn 11223” this afternoon, lambasting the show as demeaning to women and calling on the Oxygen network to take it off the air.
Councilman Vinnie Gentile, who organized the event, told The Politicker the show “hit such a nerve in Bay Ridge and we had such a reaction from the locals that they wanted an avenue, a way, to speak out.”
And speak out they did. Carlo Scissura, representing Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, took the largest broadside to the network for hosting the show.
“What amazes me is the hypocrisy of this network. This is a network that brands itself as looking out for the interests of women, and yet they do something that completely disparages women, particularly Italian-American women,” he said, before calling for the community to rise up. “If the show’s filming in one of the restaurants, stop going there, period. If the show’s coming out here and they’re wrecking the streets or taking up parking spots, call the police.”
Bay Ridge Councilman Vinnie Gentile is calling for the Oxygen network to take off the air a new program called, “Brooklyn 11223,” a show that has been called “as trashy as “Jersey Shore.”
Oxygen’s announcement of “Brooklyn 11223” said the series will offer “a voyeuristic look into the lives of a group of twentysomething friends whose once rock-solid friendships have been torn apart by betrayal.”
The exact nature of the betrayal isn’t completely clear, but Oxygen teases that it will involve “one friend [who] may have betrayed another by seducing a boyfriend.”