An upcoming lecture at Brooklyn College by two advocates of boycotting and divesting from Israel has sparked a series of protests from local elected officials.
Not everyone was surprised yesterday by newly elected Democratic state senator Simcha Felder's statement announcing he would caucus with Republicans.
"I wrote the story on April 21," said Yossi Gestetner.
In a well-received speech, Michelle Obama ended last night's proceedings in Charlotte by talking about how her husband hadn't been changed by the job of president, saying he remained a family man whose compassionate worldview is informed by his modest beginnings.
A fight to replace Assemblyman Vito Lopez as chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic organization could affect a handful of local races. It also has implications for the contest to succeed Christine Quinn as City Council speaker, and for the near-term future of the entire Brooklyn Council delegation.
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has filed an amicus brief in which he argues that Michael Bloomberg, by neglecting to attain City Council approval for his ambitious borough taxi plan, "strips the City Council of one of its charter mandated powers and redistributes that power to the Mayor.”
Brooklyn D.A. Charles (Joe) Hynes doesn't actually dispute the main point of the 2,580-word story in The New York Times, that his office treats sex abuse cases from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Borough Park and Wiliamsburg differently than ones in the rest of the borough.(1)
Former City Councilman Simcha Felder walked into the offices of Hamodia, an Orthodox Jewish newspaper, and announced he was running for the newly created "super Jewish" State Senate seat in Brooklyn.
The district includes Borough Park and Flatbush and currently is divided up between six state senators. Combining those two neighborhoods was "a longstanding dream" of Jews in the area, according to Hamodia. Felder's successor in the Council, David Greenfield, disagrees, calling it a "super ghetto."
Celeste Katz has Democrat Lew Fidler's court challenge against Republican David Storobin, which was filed on March 30, 2012.
Fidler is accusing a "paid consultant" to Storobin of submitting 120 ballots, including 16 absentee ballots for people who wound up at a voting booth on Election day.
"[T]his face is evidence that Alla Pometko submitted false absentee ballot applications" and those voters must have been "unaware" that Pometko had them sign absentee ballots, Fidler wrote.(1)
Republican David Storobin has a 143-vote lead over Democrat Lew Fidler, after election officials recounted votes cast on Election Day, with more than 700 paper ballots still to be counted.(1)
With paper ballots and a handful of machines still not recounted, Storobin is ahead of Fidler by 38 votes
Republican David Storobin's lead over Democrat Lew Fidler in a special election for State Senate in Brooklyn went from 120 last night to just 38 this afternoon, according to an ongoing recount of votes cast on electronic machines in yesterday's special election, a city Board of Elections official said.(1)
Councilman and State Senate candidate Lew Fidler took time during his premature victory last night to lament Borough President Marty Markowitz's decision not to run for Congress. Yesterday morning, Crain's reported that the term-limited borough president was considering a primary challenge to Representative Yvette Clarke.
When told Storobin was claiming a 120-vote lead, Fidler told reporters, "It would be surprising to me.(1)
It's no accident that the Republican efforts to claim Carl Kruger's old State Senate seat in Brooklyn bear heavy echoes of Bob Turner's special-election campaign for Anthony Weiner's old congressional seat, which Turner won on the strength of his performance in the Brooklyn part of the district, particularly among Orthodox Jews.
The campaign of Republican State Senate candidate David Storobin will begin advertising today on the Russian radio station run Gregory Davidzon, a prominent figure in Brooklyn's Russian community who is actively supporting the Democrat candidate, Lew Fidler.
Seeking an edge over Fidler in a Brooklyn Senate race, Storobin targets Russian-language-TV watchers
The campaign expenses of Republican State Senate candidate David Storobin are online today, and they shed some light on precisely where in the Brooklyn district he thinks his suppoer is going to be.