Editor’s Note: Tomorrow, Thursday September 13th is our state’s Primary Election day. We will be voting for candidates for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General and Civil Court Judge. As this Brooklyn Daily Eagle article put it, “For the average voter, picking a judge can often be the hardest decision on the ballot as there is often a lack of information available about candidates as compared to races for executives and legislators.” Greenpoint resident and op-ed contributor Nathan Windsor became frustrated after attempting to find out more information about the judges on the ballot.
Democratic City Council Member Stephen Levin was re-elected to represent Greenpoint and the rest of the 33rd District on the New York City Council this Tuesday, November 7th. Levin received more than 18,600 votes, or over eighty-eight percent of the ballots cast. His opponent was a native Greenpointer, Victoria Cambranes, a novice politician who received some two thousand seven hundred votes, or about eleven percent of the vote. Cambranes cut into Levin’s victory total in 2013 when Levin received over ninety-one percent of the vote. Cambranes attracted some support because of her Polish and Latina background, but still fell far short of the very popular Levin.
Part of the reason for the Levin landslide was his success in getting the city to buy the land for Bushwick Inlet Park. In announcing the purchase of the land, Mayor De Blasio, an ally of Levin’s, spoke of Levin being a tireless gadfly in advocating for the purchase of the park. Levin was also instrumental in gaining more than seventeen million dollars in funding for the park. Continue reading
Get ready to get out the vote, Greenpoint! New York City’s Primary Elections for the Democratic and Reform parties are next Tuesday, September 12th. This handy voting guide lists all candidates running for Mayor, Public Advocate and Brooklyn DA, and includes each person’s bio and policy positions. And here’s how you find your polling place!
In our district, District 33, we will be voting for citywide Public Advocate, Brooklyn DA, Kings County Judge of the Civil Court and NYC Mayor (Democratic Primary). The Public Advocate incumbent is Letitia James, and David Eisenbach is running against her. For Brooklyn DA there are six candidates: Eric Gonzalez, Ama Dwimoh, Marc Fliedner, Patricia Gatling, Vincent Gentile, and Anne Swern. For Civil Court Judge, you can select five from these choices: Robin K. Sheares, John K. O’Hara, Patrick J. Hayes, Frederick C. Arriaga, David C. Pepper, Connie M. Melendez, Patria Frias-Colon, Sandra Elena Roper, Ellen E. Edwards, Isiris Isela Isaac, and Thomas J. Kennedy. For NYC Mayor there are five to pick from: Sal Albanese, Richard S. Bashner, Bill DeBlasio (our current mayor!), Robert Gangi, and Michael Tolkin. Continue reading
What’s your plan for watching tonight’s live broadcast-American-political-reality show trainwreck? Hopefully it includes drinking. A lot. Here’s some local joints where you can do just that.
Greenpoint Beer & Ale (7 N. 15th Street)
Sip some delicious local and house brews, while grubbing on their tasty brewpub fare. Happy hour from 5-7, $5 beers and $10 for a share plate and a beer.
Tomorrow is election day, and no matter who you’re voting for, just get out there and get ‘er done! Make no excuses. From David Leonhardt in The New York Times: “Many people who intend to vote become waylaid — by a traffic jam, a sick kid or a work meeting. Make a detailed plan now, about when and where you will vote.”
Also note, it’s illegal to take photographs in the polling place, and photos of completed ballots, so no ballot selfies! You would be breaking a NY State law, and subject to a $1000 fine.
Find out if you’re registered in NY State. (Hopefully you are!)
Here’s how to find your polling place, in case you’re not sure.
Whichever candidate you’re voting for or voting against, or even if you’re one of those jerks abstaining in protest, the presidential debates this year should make for some damn good trainwreck TV. ::gets popcorn::
The debate will start at 9pm and is slated to last 90 minutes, commercial-free. Next week there will be a vice presidential debate on October 4, and then two more presidential debates on October 9 and October 19.
Here’s a roundup of where you can watch the debates tonight in North Brooklyn.
Some friends and I were sitting out on the grass in Transmitter Park one warm June evening watching a film when we were approached by a young woman campaigning for Emily Gallagher, who was running for the position of Female District Leader of the Democratic Party. Most people, even people who follow politics closely, would not know there was even a Female District Leader, let alone what the job entailed. But I was familiar with the position because Peter McGuinness, the legendary Greenpoint Democratic Boss and the namesake for McGuinness Boulevard, owed his rise to power to his Female co- leader, Margaret Conlon.
A District Leader is an unpaid position in the local Democratic Party, representing the neighborhoods of Greenpoint, North and South Williamsburg on issues regarding judicial nominations and elections. At the end of World War I, McGuinness, had grown fed up with the inertia of local Democratic politicians, but he had never gone to high school and needed someone’s help to write letters to the editor criticizing the party establishment. He turned to Conlon, a poet as well as a skilled prose writer, who helped McGuinness write a series of highly provocative attacks on the corruption and inertia of the local political machine and the letters hit home. Thanks in large part to Conlon, she and McGuinness in a shocker were elected as local Democratic Party leaders and they served effectively for years, bringing a number of positive changes to our area and making history.
And this photo is awesome.
I should start by saying that never in my 4 years of living in Brooklyn, have I ever attended, or even considered attending, a local debate. Like the majority of Brooklynites, or, let’s be honest, people in general, (only 1 in 5 registered voters turned out in 2009), I have never gotten involved in local politics.
Who said Tuesdays were boring?! November 6th is going to be monumental, either in a political or philanthropic way.
• Diamond (43 Franklin St) 7pm, “We’ll post the numbers on the black board and get all riled up. Drink for victory or defeat…So, help us kill the Sly Fox Chester County Bitter cask. 100% of cask sales will go to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund for the Redhook Initiative.” Can’t go? Donate here.
• No Lights/No Lycra @ Messiah Church (129 Russell St) 8:15-9:30pm, $5, “Come Dance and Donate in the dark,” all proceeds donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief
• Sindicato (57A Nassau Ave) 5-11pm, the new kid on the block on Nassau Avenue, boasts of fine mexican cuisine and superb tequila and mezcal selections, is hosting a hurricane relief fundraiser, plus they have $1 fish taco happy hour from 5-7 pm, RSVP
• Beloved (674 Manhattan Ave. ) “$8 cocktails & $5 beers all evening with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross. All proceeds will be donated via the Salesforce.com donation matching program which means that every dollar we get will become two dollars for the Red Cross! Also accepting donations of food, water, batteries, flashlights, diapers, etc…Oh and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT and Alan Palomo of Neon Indian will be DJ’ing the event!”
• Greenpoint Heights (278 Nassau) “Airing the coverage, with sound.”