Video: City Council Snaps Along to Poetry Session

Councilwoman Inez Barron. (Photo: Facebook)
Councilwoman Inez Barron. (Photo: Facebook)

The City Council was the host of a slightly unusual event this afternoon during a legislative session: Brooklyn Councilwoman Inez Barron read a poem out loud as her colleagues snapped their fingers to the beat.  Continue reading “Video: City Council Snaps Along to Poetry Session”

Barron Says Hiring Bratton ‘Like Asking an Arsonist to Help You Put Out Fires’

Charles Barron at a different event. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty)
Charles Barron at a different event. (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty)

Councilman Charles Barron and his wife, Councilwoman-elect Inez Barron, are vowing a “grass-roots movement” to oust Bill Bratton, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio’s recently announced pick for police commissioner.

Mr. Barron, an outspoken politician known for throwing rhetorical bombs at the establishment–including Mr. de Blasio, whom he considers a fake progressive–said Mr. Bratton is responsible for many of the very problems the next police commissioner should actually be trying to solve. Continue reading “Barron Says Hiring Bratton ‘Like Asking an Arsonist to Help You Put Out Fires’”

Barron Announces Assembly Run and Plan to ‘Bag’ Albany Establishment

Charles Barron. (Photo: YouTube)
Charles Barron. (Photo: YouTube)

Councilman Charles Barron said today he is running for his wife’s State Assembly seat–and if a recent campaign video is any indication, the outspoken lawmaker is sure to be noticed if he wins. Continue reading “Barron Announces Assembly Run and Plan to ‘Bag’ Albany Establishment”

Inez Barron Vies for Husband’s Council Seat With a Slightly Different Tune

Assemblywoman Inez Barron. (Photo: NYS Assembly)
Inez Barron. (Photo: NYS Assembly)

Councilman Charles Barron can be described in many ways, but demure and dispassionate typically aren’t on the list.

The bombastic councilman, for instance, launched his unsuccessful bid for Congress last year by declaring, “I don’t care what they say, I’m still not saluting the flag!” In the halls of Washington, Mr. Barron vowed he’d continue to “stand up for Robert Mugabe, who’s an African hero–taking land back from white people who stole the land from us in the first place!”

Now, after 12 years as a constant presence at press conferences and rallies, the term-limited eastern Brooklyn councilman will be forced out of office. But he hopes his wife, Inez Barron, an assemblywoman with identical ideological stripes, can cement the Barron legacy.

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Slew of Brooklyn District Leaders Endorse John Liu

City Comptroller John Liu. (Photo: Getty Images)
City Comptroller John Liu. (Photo: Getty Images)

City Comptroller John Liu will announce the endorsement of a slew of Democratic officials from across Brooklyn Friday in another effort by his mayoral campaign to show he’s gaining steam, despite the recent guilty verdicts against his former campaign treasurer and a fund-raiser.

The supporters include Assemblywoman Inez Barron, City Council candidate Ari Kagan, and Democratic district leaders Melba Brown, Betty Ann Canizio, Jeanette Givant,  Christopher Olechowski, Chris Owens, Corey Provost and Charles Ragusa.

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Charles Barron ‘Considering’ Run For Public Advocate

 Charles Barron Considering Run For Public Advocate
Charles Barron (Photo: Wayne Winston/Facebook)

Charles Barron, the bombastic Brooklyn councilman who lost a contentious congressional primary to Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries this summer, now has his eye on the city’s second highest elected office–Public Advocate. Mr. Barron, who will be term-limited out of his current seat next year, is also, as has long been speculated, considering running for the assembly seat currently held by his wife, Inez, who may campaign to succeed her husband in the City Council. If Ms. Barron were successful in that effort, a special election would be held to replace her position in the State Legislature.

A tipster informed Politicker Mr. Barron has recently made a round of calls to test the waters for a potential Public Advocate run. When we reached the councilman today, he confirmed he has been discussing the possibility with members of his “inner circle.”

“I’ve been talking to my inner circle about it, but I haven’t been making calls outside of my inner circle,” Mr. Barron said of a possible campaign for Public Advocate. “I’m definitely considering that and also considering, you know, my wife is considering a run for the City Council and I’m considering her seat as well. Those two things we definitely have open.”

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There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?

state senate map cover Theres a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?
A map of New York City’s State Senate districts.

It’s Election Day in New York next Thursday! But instead of a titanic battle between ideologies–your Mitt Romneys vs. Barack Obamas, if you will–the options on the ballot will be little-noticed state legislative contests between candidates of the same party, often with few policy differences.

However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some exciting races happening. From “Who Gets Arrested for Raping a Grandmother?” to “Assemblywoman Caught Up in Sex Scandal with Two Young Men,” there’s been no shortage of nasty drama and mud slinging as voters head to the polls.

Here’s a breakdown of who’s running and why it might matter who wins. The list below focuses on Democratic races because the few Republican primaries in this staunchly blue city tend to have clear favorites or are taking place in such Democratic territory that the victor is reasonably likely to be irrelevant. Continue reading “There’s a Bunch of Elections Thursday, Which Ones Should You Care About?”