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View From Here: Dastardly Deeds

“There are two things you need for success in politics. Money, and I can’t think of the other,” was Senator Mark Hannah’s (R-OH) analysis in 1903 and it pretty much held true until Bloomberg spent $100 million  dollars and barely eked out a victory over William Thompson.  Mayor David Dinkins had called it exactly right […]Read More

The Brooklyn That Can’t be Bought…

  Mike Bloomberg’s first thoughts the morning after Mayoral election night might have wavered seamlessly between “ I won!” and “I almost lost!”  A bittersweet victory/defeat for the richest man in New York City, who lives in a world where powerful egos have no patience with almost losing.  He won 557,059 expensive votes to Democrat […]Read More

New Democratic Political Club Seeks to Bring Power to the

“We are very grass roots,”  said Renee Collymore, standing outside the new Parliament Democratic Club, housed in a narrow storefront on Putnam Avenue, between Grand Avenue and Downing Street.  Ms. Collymore is just coming off her work as Deputy Campaign Manager for Queens Democratic Council Member David Weprin during his run for city comptroller and […]Read More

View From Here: Why William Thompson for Mayor

Bill Thompson grew up on Putnam Avenue between Stuyvesant and Malcolm X Blvd.   The journey from those streets to being elected City Comptroller in 2001, managing a staff of more than 700 with a budget of $68 million and being overwhelmingly reelected in 2005,  is a long one with middle-class struggles, and successes achieved by […]Read More

THE BEST MAN

Bill Thompson was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of hard-working parents, an educator and a judge.   He’s lived almost all of his life in Central Brooklyn. He grew up in Bedford Stuyvesant on Putnam Avenue between Stuyvesant and Marcus Garvey Blvd. (then Reid Avenue) in the house his grandparents William and Louise […]Read More

Medgar Evers College Commemorates Domestic Violence Month

Domestic violence came close to home this year at Medgar Evers College. Two days after the beginning of the semester, a tragic case of domestic abuse occurred on the streets near the college. On a bright, sunny afternoon student Kaidan Ramsey, 22, was confronted by her enraged husband, Lenox Ramsey, 25, as she was entering […]Read More

Passing Notes

Bradley, the first African-American at CBS to be a White House correspondent and a Sunday night anchor, covered a broad array of stories with insight and aplomb during his 39-year career, from war to politics to sensitive portraits of artists. He won virtually every broadcast news award – some of them more than once. Patricia […]Read More

“No Contest” For State Senator Velmanette Montgomery

“It will be no contest,” is one of the lines Muhammad Ali used to describe how his skills were superior to his opponent’s and the phrase comes to mind as we contemplate the upcoming race for the 18th  senate  District now held by State Senator Velmanette Montgomery. All politicians expect to be challenged, after all, […]Read More