You Better Shop Around
Mega-retailer Walmart had been working on a plan to place its first store within the five boroughs in East New York for some time now, only to ultimately hit a wall last weekend when the property owners chose ShopRite instead. Well, Democratic politicians–including several who are looking to run for mayor in 2013–want to make sure you know they are more than pleased with this development.
Chris Banks, who founded the antipoverty group East New York United Concerned Citizens, Inc., announced intentions to run against Assemblywoman Inez Barron in front of a Brooklyn barber shop Saturday morning. “We have longed for leadership that respects your opinion. We have longed for leadership that is accountable,” Mr. Banks said to the cheers from the relatively sizable crowd. “We need new leadership in this community.”
One of Mr. Bank’s supporters suggested paying attention to the campaign disclosure reports that will be soon coming out. “The real story will be next week, after the filing,” he said, alluding to the possibility that the incumbent Assemblywoman’s fundraising would be more questionable.