Call Edolphus Towns what you will: a 13-term Brooklyn congressman; a congenial politician with a raspy voice and a gift for charming seniors; a bald-headed, 74-year-old product of the Brooklyn Democratic machine. Here’s one thing you likely won’t call him: a troublemaker.
So when, on Dec. 10, his office formally announced his election to Read More
How many black elected officials from Brooklyn were at the rally for Barack Obama on the City Hall steps this afternoon?
Enough that State Senator Bill Perkins of Harlem muttered to himself at the podium, “Oh man, we’re going to have to mix this up a bit.” He then introduced state Senator Eric Adams–who’s from Read More
One day after Hillary Clinton received the endorsement of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, former congressman and Brooklyn mainstay Major Owens is announcing his support of Barack Obama for president.
In a public statement (going out any minute), Owens says,
"Obama stands for the concerns of the masses in the black Read More
One theme Yvette Clarke rode to victory on Tuesday was that she was the only woman in the four-way Democratic primary for Rep. Major Owens’s seat in Brooklyn.
But in the race to fill her soon-to-be-vacated seat City Council seat, so far, women candidates are scarce.
One knowledgeable reader suggested the following as a list Read More
Here is John Koblin’s dispatch from last night’s town hall meeting in Brooklyn.
Major Owens plopped down in the front-row in a hot, musty Methodist church in Park Slop, inches from Yvette Clarke who hosted a town hall forum in the congressman’s district with Rep. John Murtha and Rep. Anthony Weiner.
Weird, but Clarke Read More
John Koblin was back in the 11th Congressional district this morning with Carl Andrews, who bragged about his access to Eliot Spitzer and revealed that he aspires to be a congressman in the mold of Charlie Rangel, Anthony Weiner and Greg Meeks.
Here’s Koblin’s report:
“Things are starting to shape like a pyramid, Read More
The Colbert Report’s Better Know a District segment profiles New York’s 11th, and while funny, our only complaint is that Major Owens didn’t drop a rhyme for us.
Yvette Clarke’s campaign has confirmed that Una Clarke has resigned from her position with the Empire State Development Corporation to assist in her daughter’s campaign for congress.
The elder Clarke served as campaign treasurer for her daughter’s 2004 primary challenge against Major Owens. However, in this election cycle, that role Read More
Like my media colleagues who find themselves engaged in existential debate about blogs, I’m still working out what the proper role for us is. It often seems we can make better use of your time by offering new information and not just rubbernecking at news pile-ups elsewhere.
However, the mere act of referring Read More
From the looks of the attack website StopYassky.com it seems pretty clear that opposition to David Yassky in the race for Major Owens’ congressional seat is intense.
Some of it is about development, or more specifically, Yassky’s financial support from prominent developers.
But underlying it all is the complicated and fraught issue Read More