Akselrod Will Challenge Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Again

Ben Akselrod. (Photo: Akselrod Campaign)
Ben Akselrod. (Photo: Akselrod Campaign)

Ben Akselrod, a conservative Democrat who nearly unseated Brooklyn Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz two years ago, will challenge the state lawmaker again.

Mr. Akelrod recently filed a campaign committee and said today he is ready for the match. Continue reading “Akselrod Will Challenge Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Again”

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”

Assemblyman William Boyland Found Guilty on All Charges

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

Assemblyman William Boyland Jr. has been convicted on federal corruption charges today, according to a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch. 

Mr. Boyland was convicted on all 21 counts accusing him of four schemes, including a top count of attempted extortion while serving as an elected official.  Continue reading “Assemblyman William Boyland Found Guilty on All Charges”

Demetrius Lawrence Joins Field for Brooklyn Senate Seat

Demetrius Lawrence.
Demetrius Lawrence.

Demetrius Lawrence, a community activist and a vice chairman on Brooklyn Community Board 9, is joining the campaign for newly-elected Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ former seat in the State Senate. Continue reading “Demetrius Lawrence Joins Field for Brooklyn Senate Seat”

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”

Councilwoman Mealy Mulling Run for Boyland Seat: Sources

Councilwoman Darlene Mealy. (Photo: NYC Council)
Councilwoman Darlene Mealy. (Photo: NYC Council)

Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, re-elected to her Brooklyn district just last year, is now mulling a run for Assemblyman William Boyland’s seat, two sources with knowledge of the race told Politicker. 

Mr. Boyland is currently on trial for corruption charges and faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. The Brownsville lawmaker has been indicted three times in total but won re-election two years ago while under indictment. If convicted, he would automatically forfeit his seat.  Continue reading “Councilwoman Mealy Mulling Run for Boyland Seat: Sources”

De Blasio Calls Clergy to Action on Pre-K Tax Plan

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at Bethany Baptist Church this morning.
Mayor Bill de Blasio speaking at Bethany Baptist Church this morning.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in a rare display of anger, today railed against Albany lawmakers, slamming Senate co-leader Dean Skelos for refusing to bring to vote the mayor’s signature plan to tax the rich to fund universal pre-k and sounding a call to clergy leaders to mobilize on its behalf.

“The gauntlet’s been thrown in Albany. We will respond,” the mayor told religious leaders and elected officials gathered at the Bethany Baptist Church in Brooklyn, at a breakfast organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton to support the universal pre-K funding plan. Continue reading “De Blasio Calls Clergy to Action on Pre-K Tax Plan”