Brooklyn City Council members battle over illegal donation allegation in New York City’s most competitive election this year

A war of words between two Brooklyn elected officials fighting for the same City Council seat escalated this week, with one accusing the other of soliciting illegal donations in an attempt to save a “floundering” campaign.

Democratic Council Member Justin Brannan and Republican Council Member Ari Kagan are in the fight of their political lives to represent the purple Council District 47, which covers southern Brooklyn, in the Nov. 7 general election, and have been exchanging barbs since the seat was reshaped and consolidated through redistricting.