Eric Adams and Darlene Mealy Endorse Candidate for Boyland’s Seat

A poster for Ineisha Williford's kickoff this weekend, featuring Borough President Eric Adams and Councilwoman Darlene Mealy.
A poster for Ineisha Williford’s kickoff this weekend.

In the race to replace disgraced ex-Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., one candidate is already scooping up key establishment support.

Ineisha Williford, a staffer to Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, secured the backing of Borough President Eric Adams and Ms. Mealy at a Saturday fund-raising event, according to source at the event.

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Brooklyn Delegation Race Down to Three Candidates

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

And then there were three.

The race to lead the City Council’s Brooklyn delegation is down to three candidates after one contender, Laurie Cumbo, declined to nominate herself for the race.

With Ms. Cumbo gone, current co-chair Darlene Mealy is now battling Steve Levin and freshman Carlos Menchaca for the two coveted posts. (David Greenfield, a co-chair with Ms. Mealy, is not seeking re-election after becoming chair of the powerful land use committee.)  Continue reading “Brooklyn Delegation Race Down to Three Candidates”

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”

Four Council Members Battling to Chair Brooklyn Delegation

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

A decade ago, a young city councilman named Bill de Blasio won one of the first battles of his career in elected office when he became co-chair of the council’s Brooklyn delegation. 

With a wild election season behind them, a crop of veterans and newly-elected Brooklyn council members are once again jockeying  to lead their borough’s members. Continue reading “Four Council Members Battling to Chair Brooklyn Delegation”

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”

New Candidate Suddenly Challenges Darlene Mealy

Kathleen Daniel at her  kickoff. (Photo: Daniel campaign)
Kathleen Daniel at her kickoff. (Photo: Daniel campaign)

Petitioning to get onto the ballot this year is already underway, and fund-raising began long before that, but one candidate rolled out her announcement just last Sunday.

And the candidate, education activist Kathleen Daniel, believes she has a solid shot at beating Brooklyn Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, too. Her campaign pointed to Ms. Mealey’s campaign war chest, which holds only several thousand dollars, and reports that she missed nearly a quarter of scheduled Council meetings, to press the case for Ms. Mealy’s vulnerability.

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First Neighborhood Opportunity Network Office Opens In Brownsville

mayor bloomberg neon First Neighborhood Opportunity Network Office Opens In Brownsville
Mayor Bloomberg (Getty)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Brownsville this morning to preside over the opening of the first office of the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (“NeON” for short), a program that aims to improve the way New York handles the probation process. Joined by Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and Department of Probation Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi, Mayor Bloomberg touted the facility as a crucial step in helping people on probation stay out of trouble. “We believe that this new approach can make a real difference in one of society’s most intractable problems; the high rate in which probationers return to prison,” Mayor Bloomberg said.  Continue reading “First Neighborhood Opportunity Network Office Opens In Brownsville”