Monday, September 09, 2013


Alright folks, it's primary time, and if you're registered with a party affiliation, it's time to make your voice heard. In Brooklyn, where there are seven Democrats for every Republican, these primaries often decide the race, despite their low turnout, which is all the more reason to get out and VOTE.

First, the basics: the Crow Hill Community Association (who return from their summer break next week for a meeting on September 17) sent out this helpful voting primer:

It's important to vote on Tuesday.

The best way to get government services in our neighborhood is to vote; elected officials on all levels look to see where the most votes are coming from and pay more attention to neighborhoods that have good voter turnout.

When do I vote?

Primary Day is Tuesday, September 10.

Who can vote?

You must be a registered Democrat or Republican to vote in the primary. If you are registered to vote, but not registered with a political party, you can only vote in the general election in November.

Am I registered?

Find out. (Brooklyn = Kings County)

Where do I vote?

Find your polling center.

Tip: Write down your Assembly District number as well as the address of your polling place. Those two pieces of information will help you move faster through your polling site, skipping the line at the information desk and going straight to the table where you sign the poll book.

Who should I vote for?

That's up to you! There are many places to find voter guides that will explain where the candidates stand on the issues that are important to you. Try this one and this one to start. This one is also very easy to use on a smartphone.

How do I find out who won?

The polls close at 9 PM and results will start coming in shortly after. You can watch the returns come in from every neighborhood across the city here.

See you at the polls!

Thanks, CHCA!

At the citywide level, ILFA will be voting for Bill de Blasio for Mayor, our very own Letitia James for Public Advocate, and Scott Stringer for Comptroller. In the 35th District Council race, I'm supporting Ede Fox, a committed progressive and someone I've worked on a number of local and borough-wide initiatives, including the effort to reform Brooklyn's Democratic Party.

UPDATE: Thanks to the anonymous poster who reminds me that yes, I also have to vote for Brooklyn DA. ILFA will be casting a vote for change and Ken Thompson. 


  1. Please don't forget to vote for Brooklyn DA tomorrow! The race is DEAD EVEN right now. Whoever wins this race will make a huge impact in the daily lives for Brooklyn residents. Federal Prosecutor Ken Thompson is challenging incumbent Charles Hynes, who has been Brooklyn DA for 24 years. They have widely different views on relationships with communities, NYPD, and how the DA's office can curb stop-and-frisk abuse.

    *No incumbent district attorney has lost an election in any of New York's boroughs since 1955. A Brooklyn district attorney hasn't been unseated via the vote since 1911. Turn-out tomorrow is key for a regime change.

  2. Thank you! This was exactly the post I was looking for today.

  3. Glad to see you endorsing Ede Fox. I decided today to vote for her mostly because of her union background and the commitment of the people willing to stand out and flyer for her (they've been at the Franklin Ave. subway station for a few weeks now). It helps confirm me in my choice to hear that you've found her an ally and a useful resource.

  4. Your Man (and mine) won! Way to go, de Blasio!!!!

  5. Ede Fox lost.

  6. It would appear ILFA is not a kingmaker. Apologies to anyone who thought otherwise.

    In all seriousness, Ede ran a strong campaign and her pushback against REBNY's spending for Laurie Cumbo helped bring important questions to the fore in this council race. There's a great deal to like about Ms. Cumbo (her work at MoCADA stands out for me, as do her positions on education/youth issues), and I look forward to seeing her win as part of a Democratic sweep (let's go Bill) in November.

  7. Being able to work closely with developers (aka REBNY) and taking their money is not a negative.

    Bill deBlasio has this skill:

    Hopefully he will be as effective as Bloomberg.

  8. I don't believe what I said above suggests that city council candidates should eschew relationships with development, developers, or development policy. I was trying to suggest something different: that public conversations about these policies and relationships, in the context of a campaign, are a good thing.

    There is, of course, a balance to be struck. REBNY spending far more than the candidates' spending limit if they accept public funds (in council races, that's $168,000) seems a bit out of balance to me.

    I should add that my support of Ede predated this particular issue by several years, and was predicated on both her experience in the council (extensive) and her work as a reformer within the Kings County Democratic Party (linked above). Mine was not a "protest vote" (as I said about Laurie, there's a lot to like about her).