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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Velazquez, Long are Primary Winners

June 27, 2012

According to NY1, incumbent U.S. Representative Nydia Velazquez easily staved off a well-financed primary challenge by City Councilman Erik Dilan, as well as two lesser known challengers, for the Democratic nomination for the 7th Congressional District seat. The margin of her victory (she got 61% of the vote) must come as a blow to North Brooklyn based Democratic boss Vito Lopez, who backed Dilan.

On the GOP side, the winner of the three way race to challenge incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Kirstin Gillibrand is attorney Wendy Long, who describes herself as “a true blue conservative” in the mold of Ronald Reagan. This, no doubt, sets Prom Gal’s heart aflutter.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Primary Election Tuesday, June 26

June 14, 2012

If you’re a registered Democrat (we understand there are a few around here; Brooklyn Heights has not yet had an Alferd Packer; note: though the linked piece spells his name “Alfred” it really was “Alferd”); there’s an important primary election to determine who may represent you in Congress coming up on June 26. The Brooklyn Heights Association gives us these details:

THIS MATTERS. Turn-out will be low because nobody thinks about voting in June! In the U.S.Congressional District which includes Brooklyn Heights, new boundaries and shifting populations have created a contest. Hoping to unseat our incumbent Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez are three challengers: Erik Martin Dilan, George Martinez and Dan O’Connor. Continue Reading…

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Health, News

Cruise Ship Air Pollution Response Stalled

April 4, 2012

A year ago, Mayor Bloomberg announced a deal to eliminate air pollution resulting from cruise ships having to run their diesel generators to supply power while docked at the Red Hook terminal. Under the agreement, the parties involved: the Port Authority, the suppliers and distributors of electricity, and the cruise line, would share the cost of installing and maintaining equipment allowing ships to take power from shoreside. Now, it appears, that deal has collapsed, and local residents will have to continue to breathe fumes from the ships’ generators.

New York Daily News Cruise ships docked in Brooklyn continue to choke Red Hook with their fumes — despite a widely touted deal a year ago that was supposed to solve the problem.

The Port Authority approved $15 million to build a system allowing ships to plug into an electric grid — but costs have shot up another $4.3 million and the agency hasn’t shelled out the extra money, according to local elected officials.

The Daily News story quotes Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez and other local elected officials as noting that “[a]sthma rates among Red Hook youth are high”. Red Hook resident Adam Armstrong, author of the blog A View from the Hook, accuses the Port Authority of “twiddling their thumbs.” A Port Authority spokesman says the agency is “evaluating options”.

Source: Cobble Hill Blog

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