43rd District Weekly Roundup

43rd District

Justin Brannan

Justin Brannan

Brannan continues to pile on the endorsements with nods from the Streets PAC, Uniformed Fire Officers Association, District leaders Joseph A. Bova and Victoria Kelly, the Stars and Stripes Democratic Club and Assemblymember Peter Abbate Jr (D-Bensonhurst, Sunset Park).

“I have known Justin for as long as he has been active in public service, fighting to improve our community,” said Abbate Jr. “Time and again, I have seen his unrivaled passion and energy on just about every issue facing the 43rd District, from the need for improved transportation to improving our public schools. Justin is committed to southern Brooklyn and he’ll fight for what our community needs most. I’m proud to stand behind him and endorse his candidacy for City Council.”

Brannan also joined lawmakers in the push to rename streets currently named for Confederate soldiers, a movement that swept the nation following the incidents in Charlottesville, VA.

“I’m glad to see that the movement to rename the streets bearing Confederate general names at Ft. Hamilton is once again gaining momentum. I supported this change when the Brooklyn Congressional Delegation called for it in 2015 and I stand with those working to remove them now.

Liam McCabe

Liam McCabe

Republican candidate McCabe ushered in two proposals for legislation last week. Most recently a multi-level plan on terror and earlier last week, a Beautification Team Plan for the district.  

In light of the terror attacks in Spain, McCabe recommends community-level responses and Federal resource allocation for emergency preparedness to prevent and respond to terrorist threats on New York City. This includes community-level responses like working with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the NYPD Counterterrorism Unit.

“Terrorists try to break us at the community level,” says McCabe, “we are going to respond with vigilance at the community level,” says McCabe.  “I will do everything in my power to support the NYPD Counterterrorism Unit, and to build relationships with them that will help to protect my neighbors.”

McCabe also proposed a Beautification Team Plan in replace of the bottle bill now being opposed by several candidates in the 43rd council race.

“It is a similar concept to the Doe Fund,” said McCabe, who first announced the idea at a meeting with members of the Amico Senior Center on New Utrecht Avenue, where it was well received. “In this case, rather than working with homeless and formerly incarcerated men, we are opening up the Beautification Team to seniors and other community residents, men and women, who want to earn money and help make our community clean and beautiful.”

The plan has received some backlash from the Asian community.

On a down note for the candidate, McCabe’s effort to take the Working Family Party line was foiled when a judge threw out the necessary petitions McCabe would need to secure an Opportunity to Ballot as reported in the Brooklyn Daily.

Rev. Khader El-Yateem

Pastor Khader El-Yateem

Democratic candidate, the Rev. Khader El-Yateem, received wide press acknowledgement for initiating the removal of a commemorative plaque dedicated to General Robert E. Lee. The removal came a day after El-Yateem called to rename streets named after Confederate soldiers located in the Fort Hamilton Army Base in Bay Ridge.

El-Yateem was also endorsed by the Tenants PAC and the the National Institute of Reproductive Health.

John Quaglione

John Quaglione

City Council Candidate John Quaglione announced his endorsements by the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association Local 831.

“It’s an honor to be endorsed by the hardworking members of the Uniformed Sanitationmen’s Association,said Quaglione. There’s a reason they’re called New York’s Strongest. These guys are out there every day making sure the city runs smoothly. We rely on them to keep our community clean and our roads safe during snowstorms. We’re working together to keep improving our community’s quality of life.”

Kevin Peter Carroll

Kevin Peter Carroll

Democratic candidate Carroll officially opened hios campiagn office on Saturday. On hand to lend support were Democratic Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese and Brooklyn District Attorney candidate Anne Swern.

The office is located at 552 86th Street in the heart of Bay Ridge.

Republican candidates Bob Capano, Liam McCabe, Lucretia Regina-Potter and John Quaglione battled it out on NY1’s Road to City Hall Friday night.



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