The seven leading candidates for City Council speaker clustered at a forum in Brooklyn earlier this evening, where they spent much of the time boasting about their their left-leaning credentials.
In addition to East Harlem Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito, who co-chairs the council’s growing Progressive Caucus, the stage included another caucus member, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who formally declared his candidacy tonight by appearing at his first candidates’s forum. Read More
In a Brooklyn council district that many had trumpeted as a “super-Russian” seat, the Russian-American candidate with a trace of star power was ultimately routed by 16 points Tuesday night.
Chaim Deutsch, a longtime staffer to Councilman Michael Nelson, seized the open seat, proving the clout of the district’s Orthodox Jewish community is real and growing. Mr. Deutsch will join Councilman David Greenfield as the second Orthodox Jewish member of the City Council. Read More
Bill de Blasio appeared for the final time on the campaign trail today, choosing Crown Heights–the neighborhood at the center of the 20-year-old race riots that his rival, Joe Lhota, attempted to blame him for–to triumphantly greet a slew of ecstatic voters hours before the polls close. Read More
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. Read More
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes and GOP mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota collided at a Russian rally in Brighton Beach yesterday, where they were both hoping to knit together a coalition of right-leaning immigrant voters. Read More
Bill de Blasio had a very happy Halloween.
The mayoral front-runner returned home last night for Park Slope’s annual Halloween parade, the undisputed star of the evening. Children, recognizing him from television, rushed from the sidelines to be near him. Euphoric cheers greeted him at almost every stop along the procession, which snaked down 7th Avenue to 3rd Street. Read More
President Barack Obama and mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio made a surprise visit to Junior’s Restaurant in Brooklyn this evening, where they greeted unsuspecting diners who welcomed them with loud applause.
“It is good to be back in Brooklyn.”
President Barack Obama, who lived in the borough back in the 1980s but had yet to make an official stop as president, according to Borough President Marty Markowitz, returned to the borough today to visit a tech-focused high school in Crown Heights. Read More