“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.
Now It's Official
President Barack Obama’s helicopter landed in Prospect Park today–“kicking up a large cloud of dust and debris, including leaves, grass, sand and at least one gray t-shirt,” according to a pool report–and for Senator Chuck Schumer, it was quite the moment.
Mr. Schumer, who lives next to the park, was on hand to great Mr. Obama when he landed and subsequently released a statement on the occasion.
District Attorney Tunez
Step aside Joe Lhota, there’s a new musical act in local politics.
Charles Hynes may be facing the electoral fight of his life, but his campaign also seems to be having a good time, celebrating with a new custom reggae tune.
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.
In a bizarre 11th-hour twist, Russian media mogul Gregory Davidzon has leaped into a heated City Council race in southern Brooklyn.
Mr. Davidzon, the owner of a local Russian-language radio station and magazine, announced today that he’ll be mounting a write-in campaign for a highly competitive seat with just three weeks to go before the November election.
New Kids on the Bloc
With just three weeks to go before Election Day, Muslim leaders and activists gathered in Brooklyn to rally for Bill de Blasio today, hoping their various grievances with the Bloomberg administration would be addressed by a more sympathetic mayor.
The Right Stuff
Although Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota’s performance in his first major general election debate was panned by some critics, conservative activists gathered in Brooklyn gave him rave reviews.
Elephant in the Room
Republican ex-Senator Al D’Amato has found another Thompson to support in this year’s election cycle: Ken Thompson, the Democratic nominee for Brooklyn district attorney.
Mr. D’Amato, who was a leading fund-raiser for Bill Thompson’s failed mayoral bid, contributed several thousand dollars to Mr. Thompson’s campaign as he faced off in the primary against incumbent District Attorney Charles Hynes.
Brooklyn Councilman Domenic Recchia, the latest Democrat trying to oust Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, outlined in frank detail his path to victory last night in front of a local Democratic club.
Mr. Recchia hopes to crush the Republican incumbent by winning the Democratic strongholds in the district, which includes Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn. He’s relying on old-school identity politics, too.
exiting stage right
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes is apparently hanging up his spurs.
The New York Law Journal reported today that Mr. Hynes will not contest his re-election after losing the Democratic primary.