De Blasio Has Private Sit-Down With Republican Lawmaker in Brooklyn

Mayor Bill de Blasio with State Senator Marty Golden. (Photo: Senator Marty Golden/Twitter)
Mayor Bill de Blasio with State Senator Marty Golden. (Photo: Senator Marty Golden/Twitter)

Mayor Bill de Blasio quietly met with GOP State Senator Marty Golden this morning, sharing a breakfast but declining to reveal publicly what the secret sit-down was about.

“It was a breakfast meeting. A private meeting, that’s about it. We were catching up,” Mr. Golden told Politicker, adding that Mr. de Blasio requested the meeting. “That’s all I can really say.” Continue reading “De Blasio Has Private Sit-Down With Republican Lawmaker in Brooklyn”

Marty Golden Spends More Campaign Cash on Family-Operated Catering Hall

Marty Golden (Photo: Getty)
Marty Golden (Photo: Getty)

State Senator Marty Golden likes to keep his campaign spending all in the family.

The Brooklyn pol poured nearly $40,000 into a local catering hall that his brother owns and his wife helps operate, according to his latest campaign filings. The Republican lawmaker has drawn scrutiny for the practice in the past.  Continue reading “Marty Golden Spends More Campaign Cash on Family-Operated Catering Hall”

John Gangemi to Challenge Marty Golden

Marty Golden (Photo: Facebook)
Marty Golden (Photo: Facebook)

Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden is facing a Democratic challenger once again.

John Gangemi, a candidate last seen mounting an unsuccessful bid against Eric Adams in the Brooklyn borough president’s race, will mount a run against the Republican lawmaker, he said today. Continue reading “John Gangemi to Challenge Marty Golden”

Joe Lhota Pitches Himself as the Public Safety Candidate in Bay Ridge

Joe Lhota in Brooklyn today.
Joe Lhota in Brooklyn yesterday.

Taking his mayoral campaign to a right-leaning church in Brooklyn, Republican Joe Lhota yesterday pitched himself to Brooklyn seniors as the candidate who would keep the city’s streets safe.

Along with one of his prominent backers, Republican State Senator Marty Golden, Mr. Lhota painted his candidacy as a bulwark against the high crime days of the 1980’s and 1990’s. In particular, he denounced a recent federal ruling that found the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk to be a violation of constitutional rights.

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Joe Lhota Stumps for the Republican Greenmarket Vote

Republican Joe Lhota high fives a baby today.
Joe Lhota high fives a baby.

Joe Lhota took his mayoral campaign to southwest Brooklyn today, and the first-time candidate insisted he knows what he’s doing.

“There’s an urban myth about my retail campaigning,” Mr. Lhota, a Republican, told Politicker. “I’ve campaigned not as the candidate, but out front with Rudy Giuliani in ’89 and ’93. I ran with a campaign manager for a whole bunch of people who ran for student body president in college. I understand what you need to do.”  Continue reading “Joe Lhota Stumps for the Republican Greenmarket Vote”

Brooklyn Republicans Split on Mayoral Endorsements

Nicole Malliotakis and John Catsimatidis (Photo: Twitter/@NMalliotakis)
Nicole Malliotakis and John Catsimatidis (Photo: Twitter/@NMalliotakis)

There are many different endorsements growing in Brooklyn.

Indeed, despite its 2.5 million residents, the city’s largest borough only has a handful of Republican elected officials and they all seem to be leaning in opposite directions when it comes to who the next mayor should be. State Senator Marty Golden endorsed Joe Lhota yesterday, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis recently announced her support for John Catsimatidis, and Brooklyn GOP Chair Craig Eaton has been backing Adolfo Carrión for City Hall’s top job.

“I’ve known John for a number of years,” Ms. Malliotakis told Politicker this afternoon. Continue reading “Brooklyn Republicans Split on Mayoral Endorsements”

Marty Golden Staffer ‘Strongly Considering’ Council Campaign

John Quaglione and a former mayor. (Photo: Facebook)
John Quaglione and a former mayor. (Photo: Facebook)

A battle for Bay Ridge may be shaping up in a City Council race this fall.

John Quaglione, deputy chief of staff and press secretary for GOP State Sen. Marty Golden, told Politicker he’s “strongly considering” challenging Councilman Vinnie Gentile, a Brooklyn Democrat who has represented the area in some capacity since 1996.

This won’t be the first time Mr. Golden and Mr. Gentile have been on opposing teams, however, as then-Councilman Golden won his seat in the State Senate by defeating Mr. Gentile after last decade’s redistricting cycle. Mr. Gentile subsequently won a special election to replace Mr. Golden.

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