A Brooklyn lawmaker implores the state to spare her constituents from Staten Island

Briefing: Montgomery of Brooklyn. (youtube.com)
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While speaking out against cutting public services in her Brooklyn district, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery held out the specter of Brooklyn residents being forced to go to Staten Island to get help.

"You know how we don't like Staten Island essentially, anyway," Montgomery said.

The comment provoked an immediate reaction from Staten Island lawmakers in attendance.

The dig was, if nothing else, inartful. (Professional Brooklyn-booster Marty Markowitz often touts his borough as being better than all the rest, and even when he manages to get the those other boroughs' attention, there are rarely any hard feelings.) But it also seems to speak to some very real geographical tensions, which critics of the newly drawn district lines for legislators have been chattering about for some time.

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