Brooklyn Delegation Meets to Solidify Support for Melissa Mark-Viverito

Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Photo: Wikipedia)
Brooklyn Borough Hall. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Members of the City Council’s Brooklyn delegation gathered this afternoon at Brooklyn Borough Hall to solidify their support for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy–capping a whirlwind day that has drastically narrowed the field for the city’s second-most-powerful post. Continue reading “Brooklyn Delegation Meets to Solidify Support for Melissa Mark-Viverito”

Questions Surround Brooklyn’s Role in Council Speaker’s Race

Frank Seddio, chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. (Photo: Facebook)
Frank Seddio, chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. (Photo: Facebook)

As at least seven candidates jockey for the role of City Council speaker–the second most powerful post in the city–Brooklyn’s role in the backroom contest remains an open question. Continue reading “Questions Surround Brooklyn’s Role in Council Speaker’s Race”

Levin and Pierson Trade Blows in Northern Brooklyn Battle

An anti-Councilman Steve Levin mailer sent from the Pierson campaign.
An anti-Steve Levin mailer sent from the Pierson campaign.

Two Brown University alumni named Stephen are facing off in a Brooklyn City Council race, but their similarities have not dulled the heat in one of the more contentious downballot contests in the city.

Councilman Steve Levin, facing a re-election challenge from Stephen Pierson, has endured a barrage of attacks from Mr. Pierson since the soft-spoken publisher launched his uphill campaign. The latest involves the Pierson camp claiming that Mr. Levin has been courting the support of a controversial real estate Super PAC.

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Lew Fidler Accuses ‘Mole’ Council Candidate of Secretly Foiling Him

Councilman Lew Fidler. (Photo: NYC Council)
Councilman Lew Fidler. (Photo: NYC Council)

In a scathing letter to labor unions and progressive political clubs, Democratic Councilman Lew Fidler accused fellow Democrat Igor Oberman, who is seeking to represent a neighboring district, of leaking information to his one-time Republican opponent.

Mr. Fidler entered a hotly-contested special election for the State Senate last year, losing by only 13 votes. One of the contributing factors to the loss, Mr. Fidler said, was Mr. Oberman passing along campaign secrets to his GOP rival, David Storobin. Mr. Fidler argued that these actions should disqualify Mr. Oberman, who has positioned himself as the most left-wing candidate in his southern Brooklyn City Council race.

“Igor Oberman purported to support me. In actuality, he was a ‘mole’ inside my campaign for Storobin,” Mr. Fidler charged. Continue reading “Lew Fidler Accuses ‘Mole’ Council Candidate of Secretly Foiling Him”

‘Molester Free Zone’ Launched After Vito Lopez Files for City Council

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The New Kings Democrats went there, and fast.

Only a couple hours after news broke that Assemblyman Vito Lopez, who is battling sexual harassment allegations, registered a campaign account for a City Council run, the Democratic club launched  a “molester free zone” campaign, complete with a fairly direct flier, illustrating exactly how negative the marquee race will get should Mr. Lopez officially enter it.

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Vito Lopez to Lead Occupy Wall Street March

vito lopez 300x220 Vito Lopez to Lead Occupy Wall Street MarchBrooklyn Democratic Party leader Vito Lopez is the latest pol to jump on board the Occupy Wall Street movement.

A reader passes along the following invitation from the longtime assemblyman for a “Making a Difference Rally” with Brooklyn legislators and union leaders. The group is slated to meet at Brooklyn Borough Hall and march over the Brooklyn Bridge, where they will join the folks down at Zuccotti Park. Continue reading “Vito Lopez to Lead Occupy Wall Street March”