Mary Alice Miller

Since Primary Defeat, D.A. Charles Hynes Cuts New Path

By Mary Alice Miller Brooklynites first became aware of Hynes when he was special prosecutor during the Howard Beach incident. Since then, Hynes – as district attorney for 24 years – has created a number of programs designed to assist people of color returning from prison. Voters in communities of color might have assumed that […]Read More

Brooklyn DA Race Not Over, Yet

DA Hynes Announced Reelection Run on GOP Line By Mary Alice Miller District Attorney Charles Hynes’ formal announcement to run for reelection on the Republican and Conservative lines was a raucous affair, despite the campaign event’s old-timey banjo music. Political supporters who waited half an hour for Hynes to arrive and when he did, his […]Read More

Brownsville Confronts Low Common Core Test Scores

By Mary Alice Miller Reading and math scores for 2012-13 in District #23 (covering large swaths of Brownsville) were abysmally low. In one school, of 101 students who took the tests, 7 passed the English Language Arts (ELA) test and 9 passed math. In another, 40 out of 416 students passed ELA and math. And […]Read More

Ken Thompson Makes History, de Blasio and Thompson may face

Mixed Results Down Ballot By Mary Alice Miller   For the first time in living memory a challenger has defeated a sitting Brooklyn District Attorney. Ken Thompson received 92,358 (55%) votes against Charles Hynes, who got 74,292 (44%). “When we announced this campaign months ago, I said that I am running for Brooklyn District Attorney […]Read More

The Race for City Council Kinard says, "Mealy Must Go!"

“Darlene Mealy must go,” says longtime community member and education activist Stan Kinard, who is running for City Council in District 41. Kinard was recently  endorsed by Brooklyn’s preeminent activist Councilman Charles Barron, the Amsterdam News and Our Time Press. “Mealy supported the overturning of term limits, a move that allowed Mayor Bloomberg an additional […]Read More