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Pundits A-Twitter As Lena Dunham Drops F-Bomb And Talks Gentrification At Stringer Fundraiser

August 6, 2013

Brooklyn Heights resident/actress Lena Dunham appeared at a fundraiser for NYC comptroller candidate Scott Stringer at the Maritime Hotel Tuesday night. Dunham’s friend and ‘Girls’ guest star Audrey Gelman is the spokesperson for the campaign. Dunham is also supporting Christine Quinn for mayor.

Dunham’s comment about gentrification at the Young New York for Stringer event set off some interesting Twitter comments between Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah, the New York Daily News’ Josh Greenman and web producer Brian Van Nieuwenhoven. (Her actual quote is in the video above.)

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Pierson Advisor Chris Owens: Levin Trying To Keep Us Off Ballot

July 16, 2013

Steve Levin is trying to knock Brooklyn Heights resident/candidate for NYC Council D-33 Stephen Pierson off of September’s primary ballot. At least that’s what a statement released over the weekend from Pierson advisor Chris Owens alleges.

While Levin spent last week protesting the planned closure of LICH, Owens says that the councilmember’s minions were filing paperwork to knock his candidate off the ballot.

Levin responds and tells BHB in a written statement, “Contrary to my opponent’s assertions, I have not sued to take his name off the ballot nor do I intend to do so. General objections are a common campaign procedure meant to give staff extra time to review a candidate’s signatures. This process is transparent, public and helps keep our candidates and politicians honest. The review is now complete and we found no basis to file a formal challenge. I look forward to a spirited campaign and the chance to have a much needed dialogue about the issues facing voters in the 33rd district.”

Update:In his own written statement, Pierson tells BHB, “Filing a general objection to an opponent’s petitions is standard practice only in the corrupt world of insider Brooklyn politics. The fact that Levin thinks these Vito-Lopez-style tactics are normal shows how out of touch he is with the people of the 33rd District. I’m glad my opponent has backed down in the face of public outcry over this clearly undemocratic move, and I hope he’ll avoid similar tactics in the future.”

RELATED: Will Brooklyn Heights Resident Stephen Pierson Take Out Steve Levin?

BHB has asked Owens for a statement from the Pierson camp on the latest LICH developments. We have not received a response as of press time. (There is, however, a brief statement on his website about the matter.)

Here’s the full presser for your review:

Brooklyn, NY – Steve Levin, a member of the City Council who served for several years as Chief of Staff to disgraced Democratic County boss Vito Lopez, has challenged the nominating petition signatures collected by the campaign of Democratic reform candidate Stephen Pierson.

Levin’s campaign filed “general objections” against Pierson’s filing of 1,600 signatures. The minimum number of valid signatures required to get on the ballot for City Council this year is 450.

“I was not surprised to learn that Steve Levin fears an opponent so much that he is resorting to the same old machine political tactics as Vito Lopez,” said Stephen Pierson, a non-profit founder and administrator. “Steve Levin’s actions show that he continues to put politics before people. My campaign filed hundreds of valid signatures, we will be on the ballot, we are eligible for nearly the maximum amount of matching funds, and our volunteer base grows daily.”

“Levin has never had to face an election like this one – and he is panicking,” said Democratic State Committee member and Pierson consultant Chris Owens. “Stephen Pierson has the money, the volunteers, the campaign team, the determination to win this election and become the next City Council member from the 33rd District.”

“We expect the Levin campaign to utilize Lopez-like tactics, such as petition challenges, throughout the campaign,” said Campaign Manager Diana Gonzalez. “Attempting to deny voters a choice is Levin’s first misstep and we will be ready for any other mischief he chooses to perpetrate.”

Democratic voters in the 33rd City Council District will select either Pierson or Levin as their nominee on Tuesday, September 10 in the Primary Election.

Update: The potential closing (and rebuilding or sale) of the Brooklyn Heights Library is another hot button issue in this election. These YouTube videos offer a glimpse into each candidate’s position:

(Fast forward to about 11 minutes in for Levin’s comments regarding the Brooklyn Heights library)

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Mayoral Candidates’ Forum Monday Evening, May 6

April 22, 2013

On Monday evening, May 6, the Brooklyn Heights Association, the Park Slope Civic Council, and several other neighborhood civic groups, are co-sponsoring a Mayoral Candidates’ Forum to be held at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place (at Eighth Avenue), from 7:00 to 9:00. All interested voters are invited, and no RSVP is necessary. You may submit questions for the candidates to Google Moderator. All mayoral candidates announced to date–Sal Albanese, Adolfo Carrion, John Catsimatidis, Bill de Blasio, Joe Lhota, John Liu, George McDonald, Christine Quinn, and Bill Thompson–have been invited.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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Tale of the Tweets: Democratic Mayoral Forum At St. Francis College

April 3, 2013

The Brooklyn Reform Coalition hosted a Mayoral Forum at St. Francis College Wednesday night featuring most Democratic candidates.

Here are some selected tweets from event attendees:

Reform 2013 at St. Francis College

Candidates for NYC Mayor meet in Brooklyn Heights

Storified by Brooklyn Bugle· Wed, Apr 03 2013 18:23:49

Line is still around the block in downtown Brooklyn. The NYC Mayoral Forum is about to begin! #Reform2013Nikole
Big Brooklyn #Reform2013 crowd at #nyc2013 mayoral forum.’s Legacy
Almost all the candidates at the forum #reform2013
First question is about financial bribery in all chambers of govt. @JohnLiu2013 starts off. #reform2013 of Dissidence
People protesting against Mayoral candidate @ChrisCQuinn outside the #Brooklyn #Reform2013 mayoral forum. Politics
The gloves are coming off between sal+Christine+bill #reform2013
Standing room only NYC Mayoral candidates forum 180 Remsen youner
.@Quinn4NY pushes for grants, not loans, for small businesses hurt by Sandy, gets loud round of applause #reform2013David W. Chen
Was the Barclay Center worth all the public subsidy that was surrendered? The answer is no. @JohnCLiu #Reform2013New Kings Democrats
.@JohnLiu2013 fires up #reform2013 crowd by criticizing "so-called" Atlantic Yards project and empty promises of housing and jobsDavid W. Chen
.@JohnLiu2013 fires up #reform2013 crowd by criticizing "so-called" Atlantic Yards project and empty promises of housing and jobsDavid W. Chen
Hello Brooklyn Reform Coalition! #reform2013 Kings Democrats
When I am mayor, I’ll lead the charge to get the federal government back into the mass transit business. #Reform2013Bill de Blasio
Everyone’s still here! #reform2013 Kings Democrats
#LICH nurses at Mayoral Forum. Sent questions about what candidates will do to #savelich #open4care #reform2013 green
Called for moratorium of school closures, co-locations. No more shell games with schoolkids and teachers. #Reform2013John C. Liu
. @BillThompsonNYC gets fired up over term limits, saying it was about "self interest" #reform2013David W. Chen
Argument that financial crisis necessitated or compelled a third term and justified subverting will of the people? Outrageous. #Reform2013John C. Liu
@PBProject #Reform2013 PB question should have been applied to City wide budget. All candidates support on some levelFred Wolf
Mayoral forum held in #Brooklyn with @ChrisCQuinn @deBlasioNYC @JohnCLiu @BillThompsonNYC #reform2013 Pavia
#reform2013 Kings Democrats
lots of people want to talk with candidates after forum #reform2013
#reform2013 who won? @JohnLiu2013 by a big margin. Thompson 2nd, @SalAlbanese2013 & @deBlasioNYC equally intelligent. @Quinn4NY on defensiveJacob Kornbluh
@YouEnjoyFred we agree, but glad to see the support for #ParticipatoryBudgeting and #PBNYC at #Reform2013!PBP
A living wage is good, but in tandem with affordable healthcare, MTA fares, schools, CUNY, housing. Cost of Living keeps rising. #reform2013Occu{Co}py
A reform Mayor is no substitute for popular power. #reform2013Occu{Co}py
A reform Mayor is no substitute for popular power. #reform2013Occu{Co}py
So glad you asked this Matt! MT @GreenHappenings: Happy all mayoral candidates agree partic budgeting is smart and works! #reform2013 #pbnycBrad Lander
Thompson, Blasio and Liu r FUMING against Quinn 4 AGAIN saying she won’t respect referendums. Loud applause! #reform2013yonifrier
MT @occucopy: Protecting small biz from a Wall St Mayor is important, but if they provide good jobs. #Coops offer an answer. #reform2013Steve Wong
NYC Mayoral Forum in Brooklyn #teamdeblasio F. Reischel

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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#ICYMI: Rudy’s Got a Whole Lhota Love for MTA Chief’s Possible Mayoral Bid

November 28, 2012

Last week the story broke that former New York City mayor Rudolf Giuliani would be an “enthusiastic supporter” MTA Chairman/Brooklyn Heights resident/Republican Joe Lhota’s potential bid for NYC mayor in 2013. Another former mayor of NYC, Ed Koch, told WCBS 880 that while he felt Lhota was a well qualified candidate for the GOP, he’d be supporting Democrat Christine Quinn in the general election.

Lhota has not commented on a possible run as yet.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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MTA Chief & Brooklyn Heights Resident Joseph Lhota for Mayor?

November 14, 2012

WCBS 880 speculates today that in light of the herculean efforts on the part of the MTA to restore service post-Sandy, MTA chief/Brooklyn Heights resident Joseph Lhota maybe be a good candidate for NYC Mayor in the next election:

WCBS880: “There’s no question that Joe Lhota would be an interesting candidate, could be a threat. Why? He’s done a terrific job of getting the subway system, the bus system and the regional commuter rails running again after Hurricane Sandy and it’s something you could really run with,” Democratic political consultant Hank Sheinkopf told WCBS 880′s Rich Lamb.

Sheinkopf cautioned that the path may be a bit more difficult for Lhota, should he choose to jump into the race, because of the demographic make-up of New York City.

“Generally, it’s very difficult because of the registration edge for Democrats to be defeated in mayoral elections. But we haven’t had a Democrat elected to the top office in 20 years, so anything can happen,” Sheinkopf said.

Source: Brooklyn Heights Blog

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