Brooklyn Delegation Race Down to Three Candidates

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

And then there were three.

The race to lead the City Council’s Brooklyn delegation is down to three candidates after one contender, Laurie Cumbo, declined to nominate herself for the race.

With Ms. Cumbo gone, current co-chair Darlene Mealy is now battling Steve Levin and freshman Carlos Menchaca for the two coveted posts. (David Greenfield, a co-chair with Ms. Mealy, is not seeking re-election after becoming chair of the powerful land use committee.)  Continue reading “Brooklyn Delegation Race Down to Three Candidates”

Four Council Members Battling to Chair Brooklyn Delegation

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

A decade ago, a young city councilman named Bill de Blasio won one of the first battles of his career in elected office when he became co-chair of the council’s Brooklyn delegation. 

With a wild election season behind them, a crop of veterans and newly-elected Brooklyn council members are once again jockeying  to lead their borough’s members. Continue reading “Four Council Members Battling to Chair Brooklyn Delegation”

Councilman Levin Moves to Regulate Youth Football

(screengrab tv.esquire.com)
(screengrab tv.esquire.com)

Brooklyn Councilman Steve Levin, taken aback by the Esquire Network’s new Friday Night Tykes documentary series chronicling the intensity of youth football, is backing legislation to regulate the sport in the five boroughs. Continue reading “Councilman Levin Moves to Regulate Youth Football”

‘Un-Bee-Lievable’ Councilman Tries to Top Bee Pun Master Chuck Schumer

A bee. (Photo: Wikimedia)
A bee. (Photo: Wikimedia)

We’d include a bee pun in the first sentence, but Councilman Steve Levin took them all.

In honor of the Jewish new year, when honey is eaten, Mr. Levin has introduced a new resolution calling on Albany to better regulate the state’s honey import. Even more notable than his announcement, however, is Mr. Levin’s all-out use of bee puns to make the case.

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Nydia Velázquez Backs Challenger to Councilman Steve Levin

Stephen Pierson speaks at his endorsement press conference at Brooklyn Borough Hall.
Stephen Pierson speaks at his endorsement press conference.

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez does not forgive and she does not forget.

Ms. Velázquez, who has been staunchly battling the faction of Brooklyn Democrats once headed by disgraced former Assemblyman Vito Lopez, continued her fight today, endorsing Stephen Pierson, who is challenging Mr. Lopez’s former chief of staff, Councilman Steve Levin.

“He, like many of us, is tired of the politics of nepotism. He is tired of much-needed resources for our community being allocated outside of the district without any accountability,” Ms. Velázquez said at an event on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall. “On September 10th, the voters of the 33rd Councilmanic district will have a choice for transparency and for reform.”

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Bill de Blasio Among Those Arrested at Hospital Protest

Bill de Blasio being arrested. (Photo: Gideon Resnick)
Bill de Blasio being arrested. (Photo: Gideon Resnick)

Mayoral candidate and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio was arrested this morning while protesting the potential closure of two Brooklyn hospitals–Long Island College Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center.

Mr. de Blasio, along with other protesters, refused to leave the sidewalk outside the SUNY Chancellor’s Office on West 42nd Street, chanting “Hell no! We won’t go!” as police circled in.

“Taking a stand to keep community hospitals in New York City open. RT if you’re united to #SaveLICH,” Mr. de Blasio’s campaign tweeted, along with a grainy photo of his arrest around 11 a.m.

Prior to even crossing the street, where the protestors blocked the entryway to the building, Mr. de Blasio was hardly coy about his efforts to get arrested. When City Comptroller John Liu, another mayoral hopeful also in attendance at the protest, said “I heard you’re going to get cuffed today,” Mr. de Blasio merely smiled.

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Quinn Racks Up Council Endorsements and Continues Roasting Spitzer [Update]

Christine Quinn wins over members of City Council.
Christine Quinn wins over members of City Council.

It was mostly smiles for Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn under the burning sun outside of City Hall this afternoon.

She accepted new endorsements from two council members from Brooklyn, Stephen Levin and Michael Nelson, as well as two from Queens, Mark Weprin and James Gennaro–all of whom spoke to her established record, which they contended distinguishes her from the other candidates running for office.

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