King of Kings County
Nearly 40 supporters of Ken Thompson’s Brooklyn district attorney campaign gathered on the steps of Borough Hall today to demand incumbent Charles Hynes apologize for allegedly accusing Mr. Thompson of being a gun trafficker–which they linked to a larger plot to scare white voters in the November election.
King of Kings
Eric Adams, the Democratic nominee for Brooklyn borough president, says he’s still concerned about losing the November election–even though he faces only token opposition in the overwhelmingly Democratic borough.
Last night, the news broke that State Senator Eric Adams successfully contested his sole Democratic rival’s petitions, booting former Councilman John Gangemi off the ballot in this year’s Brooklyn borough president election.
This all but guarantees Mr. Adams a November victory in the heavily Democratic borough.
But who will replace Mr. Adams?
With the deadline for filing petition challenges now passed, the tried-and-true tradition of denouncing the challengers has begun.
This time, it’s not the Queens’s borough president’s race, where one candidate accused another of thwarting the democratic process, but Brooklyn’s, where John Gangemi, a septuagenarian candidate for Brooklyn borough president, last night tore into his Democratic rival Eric Adams for an 11th-hour objection to his petitions.
Lewis Santoni, an investigator with the city’s Department of Investigation, is mulling an eleventh-hour run for Brooklyn borough president.
The 55-year-old Park Slope resident said he was “unimpressed” with the current crop of candidates and is seriously thinking about launching his own long-shot bid.
Headline of the Day: “Sheldon-come-lately”
Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver‘s late-night call to expel disgraced Assemblymen Vito Lopez from office hasn’t helped to temper calls for his head. But most Democratic leaders seem unlikely to push for disciplinary action against the speaker. Gov. Andrew Cu0mo told reporters yesterday he didn’t think it was his place “to say who the speaker is and who the speaker should be.” He added: “I don’t see any comparison between what Vito Lopez and what Shelly Silver did … There is a magnitude of difference.”
On an unrelated note, the governor seems to be raking in the green. His most recent finance disclosure statement, made public Thursday, shows he made between $1.75 million and $2 million. The bulk of his assets are reportedly managed by a blind trust at AMG National Trust Bank.
Law & Order
The names caught up in ex-State Sen. Shirley Huntley’s wire-tapping efforts were revealed Wednesday afternoon, leaving elected officials and staffers scrambling to respond to news that they were most likely the subjects of ongoing federal investigations.
The U.S. Attorney’s office had revealed that eight of the nine individuals secretly recorded by Ms. Huntley in an effort to minimize her sentence on embezzlement charges “remain the subjects of ongoing criminal investigations.” And while some offices appeared to be prepared for the news, others seemed completely caught-off-guard. Others still have yet to comment.
The list includes a slew of Democratic lawmakers, including City Councilman Ruben Wills, State Sen. Eric Adams, who is running for Brooklyn borough president, Sen. Jose Peralta, who is running for Queens borough president, and Sen. John Sampson, who was arrested earlier this week on unrelated embezzlement charges.
Brooklyn In The House
State Sen. Eric Adams launched his campaign for the Brooklyn borough presidency yesterday morning with almost the entirety of Brooklyn’s Democratic establishment at his back.
“Brooklyn is the greatest place on Earth because of the strength and love that its people are willing to pour into it,” said Mr. Adams as he stood on the steps of Brooklyn borough Hall. “It’s no wonder, when you ask a person that is from Brooklyn and you say, ‘Where you from?’ They don’t say New York City, they say, ‘We’re from Brooklyn, baby.’”
State Senator Eric Adams, currently the sole candidate for Brooklyn Borough President, made a strong mark with his first report of his campaign’s fundraising today. In the last six months, Mr. Adams raised over $215,000 from 1,168 donors, with the vast majority of them coming from smaller contributors who are far from the legal limit and could give additional amounts in the future.
City Councilman Brad Lander is weighing his options and considering a run to replace Marty Markowitz as Brooklyn Borough President in 2013, according to multiple sources. Reached by phone this morning, Mr. Lander did not deny his interest but said it was “very flattering” to have his name be in the mix.
Currently, only State Senator Eric Adams has openly declared his intentions to run for the seat, although a few others, like Assemblyman Nick Perry and State Senator Kevin Parker, have let their names be dropped as potential contenders as well. However, as The Politicker contended last Friday, this leaves electoral oxygen for another candidate to leap into the race.