Billy from de block
One candidate meowed. Another, taking a page from the Anthony Weiner playbook, rose up to denounce most of his rivals. And a third claimed his Russian opponent, a fellow Soviet émigré, was engaging in Communist class warfare.
The Democratic candidates for the open 48th Council District seat squared off in Flatbush last night, and made it clear, early and often, that they do not like each other.
Warring for Caribbean-American votes with mayoral rival Bill de Blasio, Bill Thompson spoke extensively about his own Caribbean roots in front of a packed Brooklyn ballroom this morning.
The candidate’s “Caribbean Americans for Thompson” effort, aimed at tapping into crucial black votes in central and eastern Brooklyn, struck a more populist tone than he typically wields–at one point even borrowing candidate Jimmy McMillan’s famous catchphrase.
“I’m gonna steal a line from somebody: the rent is too darn high,” declared Mr. Thompson. “We’re being pushed out of our neighborhoods all across the city, priced out of our neighborhoods … The rents keep going up, those of us who made our community strong, who stayed, aren’t able to live there any longer.”
A long train ride away from his Upper West Side home, comptroller hopeful Scott Stringer stumped at a bustling Brooklyn intersection yesterday, straining to introduce himself to voters who had never heard of the low-key Manhattan borough president.
Passing out campaign literature with Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams near a Flatbush subway stop, the bespectacled, suit-clad Stringer struck a contrast with the many working class, black voters hustling into and out of the Flatbush Avenue station.
Anthony Weiner and his media circus descended on Jewish Flatbush this morning, as the comeback candidate attempted to revive his embattled mayoral campaign with a photo-op volunteering at a kosher food pantry.
But Mr. Weiner’s presence, in the wake of revelations that his sexting continued long after his resignation from congress, riled many in the conservative neighborhood of modest, below-the-knee skirts, kosher delis and yarmulkes.
Reports of chaotic situations at the polls around New York City this Election Day are mounting. The areas on the southwestern tip of Brooklyn that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy have experienced issues, but we’re also hearing about problems in neighborhoods that weren’t heavily impacted by the storm including Flatbush, Park Slope and parts of Manhattan. Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, who has been touring the polling sites in the East Flatbush and Flatbush portions of his district described the situation as “complete disorganization” and had harsh words for the city Board of Elections. He also suggested the federal or city government may need to take action against the BOE to prevent a similar situation from happening again.
“I think on a non-Sandy day they have problems doing a good election,” Mr. Williams said of the BOE. “Combine that with Sandy and they’re completely unorganized. They’ve had four years to plan this. Their only job is to plan elections and they can’t get it right. And you should have conditional plans, you should have backup plans, you should have contingency plans. Where are those plans? This is getting worse and worse.”
Congressman Bob Turner released a press release earlier this afternoon regarding the hate crime that took place in Flatbush early this morning leaving three cars torched and anti-Semitic graffiti scrawled on nearby benches. The crime occurred outside his district, but Congressman Turner is never shy about seeking goodwill in the Jewish community.
Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for an anti-Semitic attack on Flatbush. Three cars were torched. Graffiti featuring swastikas. the phrase “Kill The Jews” and “KKK” were also scrawled on benches near the scene.