At the Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg last night, Democratic District Leader Lincoln Restler packed a room full of supporters and announced his reelection campaign. Mr. Restler has carved out a higher profile of an office he admitted is “an elected position that you’ve probably never heard of” by being a public thorn in Brooklyn Democratic leader Vito Lopez’s side, which he continued doing in his kick-off speech.
“Here in Brooklyn, we have had an old-school political machine that’s controlled politics in this borough longer than any of us have been around,” he said. “Three of the four last … leaders of the Brooklyn Democratic Party have been indicted on charges of corruption, the current boss is under multiple federal investigations.”
Chris Olechowski, the chair of Community Board 1 in Brooklyn, has registered a campaign committee to challenge progressive activist Lincoln Restler as he seeks reelection to his second term as district leader.
Mr. Olechowski’s interest running against Mr. Restler was already established, but the new committee firmly sets the stage for another match between supporters and opponents of Assemblyman Vito Lopez, the head of Brooklyn’s Democratic organization.
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez has seen herself on the opposing side of Brooklyn’s Democratic boss, Assemblyman Vito Lopez, quite a few times lately. From what Roberto Perez reported last night, this electoral rivalry looks likely to continue.
First off, Mr. Perez’s sources again float the long-rumored suggestion that one of Mr. Lopez’s key allies, Councilman Erik Dilan, might throw his own hat in the Congressional ring and challenge Ms. Velázquez himself.
Michael Henry Adams, an architectural historian, author of “Harlem Lost and Found” and fervent preservationists told The Politicker today that he is running for a district leader seat in Central Harlem.
“I am doing this because I see an opportunity for me to do some good in the world,” Adams said. “As a historian, I Read More
According to several sources who attended the Kings County Democratic Executive Committee last night, the following ten district leaders voted for Congressman Ed Towns in his losing effort against City Councilmember Erik Dilan: