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James, Squadron will face each other in runoff

One thing is for sure: The city’s next public advocate will definitely be from Brooklyn.

The borough’s importance became clear on the night of the Democratic Primary when two Brookynites, Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Fort Greene-Clinton Hill) and state Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Brooklyn Heights-Carroll Gardens-parts of lower Manhattan) were the top two finishers in the race for public advocate.


Lhota calls for party unity in GOP

Republican Joe Lhota, who beat back a primary challenge from billionaire supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis in Tuesday’s GOP Primary for mayor, called for party unity as the key to defeating the Democratic candidate in the race for City Hall in November.

“Now is the time for our party to come together and unite for the common good,” Lhota told supporters at his victory party at the Hilton Hotel ballroom in Manhattan on Tuesday night after defeating Catsimatidis 53 percent to 41 percent in the Republican Primary for mayor.


'Whole New Ballgame': Is historic Dodgers site now prime for hi-rise residential?

The corner of Montague Street and Cadman Plaza West is a sacred spot for sports fans. In upcoming innings, will an apartment building be constructed there?  

The Brooklyn Dodgers' office was located at the site in 1945 when president and general manager Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson and ended segregation in Major League Baseball.


‘Pie Poet’ to debut new collection in Brooklyn

Known locally as Seattle’s “pie lady,” award-winning poet Kate Lebo will be debuting  “A Commonplace Book of Pie” (Oct. 8th, 2013) at Gala Gala Hey! Pie Stand at The Drink in Williamsburg on September 15. This is one of a variety of events on Kate's national book tour this fall, where she will provide edible samples of her handiwork as she teaches classes, hosts pie socials, and, of course, shares her book with literary and foodie fans across the nation.


Here’s a roundup of City Council primary results

The results of primaries for City Council seats around Brooklyn saw the defeat of a longtime incumbent, a big win for a freshman councilman, and victories for the favorites in two other closely-watched races.

In what was perhaps the biggest shocker of the night, Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook), who has been in office since 2002, was defeated by community activist Carlos Menchaca. The challenger garnered 57.6 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary, easily beating Gonzalez, who had 42.4 percent.


Thompson pledges to root out corruption

Fresh from his upset victory of longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary, former federal prosecutor Ken Thompson vowed to root out corrupt public officials and bring them to justice.

Thompson, who defeated Hynes by a wide margin, 55 percent to 45 percent in the primary, told his supporters in his primary night victory speech that Brooklyn can count on him to run a scandal-free ship as district attorney.


Still Disgraced: Vito Lopez loses council primary

Disgraced former state Assemblyman Vito Lopez has lost the Democratic Party primary for a City Council seat in Brooklyn's 34th District.

Lopez lost to Antonio Reynoso, the chief of staff for current office holder, Councilmember Diana Reyna. With just about all precincts reporting, Reynoso had 49 percent of the vote, to Lopez's 37 percent.

There was no Republican primary for the seat.

The once-powerful former boss of the Democratic Party machine in Brooklyn, Lopez resigned from the Legislature this year amid sexual harassment allegations.


Marcy Plaza, Fulton Street milestone in Bed-Stuy restoration, is celebrated

A Brooklyn community development group launched by Bobby Kennedy and Jacob Javits keeps bringing positive change to Bed-Stuy, with seemingly small stuff like new street benches serving as springboards for bigger revitalization.

The Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. (“Restoration”) marked its latest accomplishment Tuesday by celebrating the $20 million construction of a new public plaza and completion of mile-long streetscape improvements on a key commercial corridor of the neighborhood, Fulton Street.


Lander says campaign finance loophole should be closed

Corporate bigwigs are flooding City Council campaigns with cash, bypassing New York’s strict campaign finance system, according to lawmakers who are calling for the loophole to be closed.

Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope-Windsor Terrace-Kensington) is among the council members who announced the introduction of legislation that would restrict so-called “independent expenditures.”


Presenting: The official Brooklyn Daily Eagle 2013 election primary guide

Who will win the Democratic Primary for mayor? Will there be a runoff? Will Joe Lhota be able to fend off a challenge from John Catsimatidis in the Republican Primary? Will voters forgive Eliot Spitzer enough to vote for him over Scott Stringer to be the Democratic nominee for comptroller? Who will emerge from among the crowded field to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for public advocate?

The answer to all of these questions will be known by the end of the night on Tuesday, Sept. 10 when the results of the Democratic and Republican primaries are in.



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