The nine candidates seeking the open District 43 City Council seat covering Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst met in a verbal joust before a packed auditorium at Xaverian High School, 7200 Shore Road on Tuesday. . . .
BAY RIDGE — Tuesday night saw nine candidates for the city’s 43rd District debate each other at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge. The 43rd District is one of the most contested seats for this year’s City Council election, due to the term-limits being up for Councilman Vincent Gentile. The district is made up of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst. . . .
In Brooklyn, several persons are vying to take the reins from Vinnie Gentile and represent the people of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst in the City Council. The race may be entertaining news to the number of candidates but the stakes in the race to replace our term limited incumbent are certainly not. Kevin Peter Carroll is one of five Democrats running for the seat in the 43rd District. . . .
The 43rd District currently has nine candidates running for Vincent Gentile’s City Council seat. Those candidates include four Republicans and five Democrats vying to represent Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach. . . [r]ead our discussion with Democrat Kevin Peter Carroll . . .
Bay Ridge City Council candidate Kevin Peter Carroll has gotten a big boost in his campaign with the endorsement of former Councilmember Sal Albanese, a legendary figure in local politics. . . .
Carroll, the only openly gay City Council candidate vying for the District 43 seat, has a long history with politics dating back as far as 1993 when he handed out flyers for Sal Albanese’s successful re-election attempt at City Council. Carroll was a mere 7 years old at the time, but now boasts that one of the Bay Ridge constituents who he helped distribute flyers for in the 1990s has become a contributor to his very own candidacy for City Council. . . .
Carroll, who works for City Council Member Stephen Levin, tried to sell himself to the group. Carroll made heavy use of simple sloganeering to brand himself as a young, fresh face and someone who would “stand up” as an “independent voice.” He delved into policy specifics only to criticize the MTA, which he believes is both ineffective and unaccountable to New Yorkers. He pointed to the fact that “the MTA can issue bonds,” but said it is a problem that “public authorities can do that without the public ever knowing about it.” . . .
Carroll also said that one of the most important issues facing the community is more affordable senior housing such as the Shore Hill Community Center and finding the space needed to build them. . . .
At a fundraiser on April 26, Carroll announced that he had picked up the endorsement of Dilia Schack, the Democratic Party’s district leader in the 46th Assembly District (Coney Island-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst). . . .
Carroll – who said he had moved to Bay Ridge from Park Slope at the age of 10 – began his activism while he was still in school, joining the Brooklyn Irish American Parade Committee at the age of 15. He called participating in such groups “a great way to affect politics with those community organizations because” Carroll contended, “If you organize at a local community level you will effect change.” Currently a scheduler for Councilmember Stephen Levin, Carroll said he had, “Learned first-hand what the Council can do.” Among his issues are the importance of modernizing infrastructure, such as the area’s aging water and sewer systems, as well as supporting public education. . . .
In a move not unexpected, Kevin Peter Carroll, the Democratic District leader of the 64th Assembly District, which included part of Bay Ridge) will announce today he is running for the open 43rd District City Council Seat this year. . . .
Political leader Kevin Peter Carroll . . . announced on Wednesday that he is running for the City Council seat in Bay Ridge. Kevin Peter Carroll is the Democratic district leader of the 64th Assembly District, which takes in parts of Bay Ridge and Staten Island. He has served as the district leader for six years. . . .
Democratic District Leader Kevin Peter Carroll is poised to join the race to replace term-limited City Councilmember Vincent Gentile. Carroll told this paper on Tuesday, February 7 that an email to supporters could go out as early as that evening announcing his candidacy, confirming a rumor that has been percolating for months. . . .
But he [Carroll] did call for the agency to enforce existing laws regarding snow shoveling. “We need stronger enforcement from the department. The laws are not enforced enough,” he said. . . .
Community leader Kevin Peter Carroll is the recipient of this year’s Paul O’Dwyer Memorial Award. A resident of Bay Ridge, Carroll has devoted his career to serving his local community. He currently works for Councilman Stephen Levin as his scheduler. . . .
Kevin Peter Carroll’s fundraiser for his re-election as the Democratic leader for the 64th Assembly District District next year showed he’s got a lot of juice and is a future political candidate to watch. . . .
Hundreds of people came to the Bay Ridge Manor on Sunday to help raise money to support a scholarship fund for college-bound high school students, and many of the attendees left the catering hall carrying fabulous prizes under their arms. . . .
A shuttered Waldbaum’s supermarket in Bensonhurst will reopen as a food market specializing in Asian goods, according to a consumer news website, which reported that the new owners were the highest bidders at a Jan. 26 bankruptcy auction of the property. . . .
Music, dancing and lots of mouth-watering food to eat…is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon? . . .
Community involvement: Kevin Peter Carroll is a member of Community Board 10, and has been a Democratic district leader since 2010 to present; he’s the past president of Brooklyn Democrats for Change and has been involved in local political campaigns because he says that the best changes arise when you are involved locally. . . .
Bay Ridge residents slammed the brakes on most of a controversial city plan to slow vehicles along the neighborhood’s most prominent car corridor. . . .
The Brooklyn Young Democrats have posted the above video, of a June 11 demonstration in front of Senator Marty Golden’s office, on YouTube. . . .
South Brooklyn residents, riders and representatives of elected officials joined members of the Restore the B37 Coalition to take not only a stand but also the mic at a Monday, January 27 Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Transit and Bus Committee meeting. . . .
Preliminary maps of the new City Council districts released earlier this month by the New York City Districting Commission maintain the separation between the Bay Ridge Towers and the Bay Ridge council district, with the Towers appended to a district largely encompassing Sunset Park. . . .
There were few primary election upsets in our coverage area, but that’s to be expected in New York City democracy. That said, Bay Ridge’s Democratic District Leader race was a shocker, as a 24-year-old newcomer ousted beloved state committeeman Ralph Perfetto. . . .
Brooklyn residents voiced their opinion about where City Council district lines should be drawn at a public hearing held at Borough Hall on August 13. . . .
As Democrats in state the Senate yesterday were trying to force the Republican minority to hold a public hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s bill to reform the state’s notorious redistricting process, Bay Ridge activists were pondering how to unite their neighborhood, currently split between five Assembly districts, into one. . . .
What do Sunset Park, Staten Island, Lower Manhattan and Coney Island have in common? The Towers of Bay Ridge! . . .
Brooklyn was well represented at a four-day national convention of young Democratic Party activists that took place deep in the heart of Texas, according to one participant, who said he came back energized by the experience.
It’s never too early to start raising funds for your next re-election campaign, even if you’re not on the ballot until 2014.