Front-Runner Emerges for Canarsie Assembly Seat

Roxanne Persaud. (Photo: Facebook)
Roxanne Persaud. (Photo: Facebook)

Roxanne Persaud, a community activist with close ties to the local Democratic establishment, will run for a Brooklyn Assembly seat vacated by now-Councilman Alan Maisel.

If a special election is held, she will likely be handed her party’s nomination for the Canarsie-based district, sources said.

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Inside Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Road to Victory

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)

Unlike his county leader brethren to the east and north, Frank Seddio is not an influential Congressman or a much gabbed-about potential successor to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

The chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party is a genial attorney by trade who, as recently as three days ago, was everyone’s long-shot to help broker a deal to potentially elect Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito speaker of the City Council. Continue reading “Inside Melissa Mark-Viverito’s Road to Victory”

Brooklyn Delegation Meets to Solidify Support for Melissa Mark-Viverito

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

Members of the City Council’s Brooklyn delegation gathered this afternoon at Brooklyn Borough Hall to solidify their support for Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy–capping a whirlwind day that has drastically narrowed the field for the city’s second-most-powerful post. Continue reading “Brooklyn Delegation Meets to Solidify Support for Melissa Mark-Viverito”

‘This Is Going to Be All-Out War’: Progressives and County Leaders Collide Over Speaker’s Race

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)
Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: Getty)

The city’s most powerful Democratic county organizations and its allies are bracing for political warfare after Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio began telling council members that he would like to see Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito elected the next City Council speaker.

“This is going to be an all-out war,” a source in one of the county organizations told Politicker today, as the clash reached a new phase. “De Blasio is bullying members to go with Melissa. The new members are really afraid. But most county leaders and veteran council members want anyone but Melissa.” Continue reading “‘This Is Going to Be All-Out War’: Progressives and County Leaders Collide Over Speaker’s Race”

Questions Surround Brooklyn’s Role in Council Speaker’s Race

Frank Seddio, chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. (Photo: Facebook)
Frank Seddio, chair of the Brooklyn Democratic Party. (Photo: Facebook)

As at least seven candidates jockey for the role of City Council speaker–the second most powerful post in the city–Brooklyn’s role in the backroom contest remains an open question. Continue reading “Questions Surround Brooklyn’s Role in Council Speaker’s Race”

Thompson Supporters Accuse Hynes of Exploiting Racial Fears

Ken Thompson supporters at today's press conference.
Ken Thompson supporters at today’s press conference.

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. Continue reading “Thompson Supporters Accuse Hynes of Exploiting Racial Fears”

Democratic Chair Baffled by Party Disunity in Southern Brooklyn

Frank Seddio. (Photo: Facebook)
Frank Seddio. (Photo: Facebook)

The chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party was left scratching his head when Democratic officials endorsed a Russian media mogul write-in candidate over the party’s nominee in a City Council race yesterday.

Frank Seddio was almost as amused as he was bewildered by the decision, less than three weeks before Election Day. Continue reading “Democratic Chair Baffled by Party Disunity in Southern Brooklyn”