Boro Beat, by Bob Kappstatter

December, 2013

November, 2013

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Council Speaker Race Rages

With all the ink-stained (or these days, carpal tunnel) wretches covering city politics pounding out stories on the horse race for next City Council Speaker, we would be remiss if we didn’t squeeze our two Bronx cents in. Read more…
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Rest in Politics, Adolfo

What EVER could he have been thinking? Who whispered into his ear that City Hall was within his reach? Why oh why didn’t he settle on a run for city Comptroller, where he at least stood a chance of pulling some decent numbers for a future voter base? Read more…

October, 2013

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De Blasio victory could spell defeat for boro projects

With mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio leagues ahead in the polls over GOP challenger (and Bronx native son) Joe Lhota, it might not bode well for some big borough projects being rushed through before Mayuh Mike leaves. Read more…

September, 2013

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Lawsuit in Levergate election fraud mess

Here we go. That dirty little election in the west Bronx that we’ve labled Levergate because of missing levers on some voting machines for all but the Dem Party Machine-backed candidate, is heading into court. Read more…
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Primary leaves egg on Dem Party’s face

Tuesday’s primary in the borough was a debacle for the Bronx Democratic Party, with the race to fill disgraced west Bronx assemblyman Nelson Castro’s seat ending neck-and-neck between party-backed Victor Pichardo and former district leader Hector Ramiriez, no friend of Party Boss Carl Heastie. Read more…
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Political war (of words) between Klein and Senate Dems

A nasty little political war could be shaping up between Senate Democrats and Bronx Senator Jeff Klein’s Independent Democratic Conference. Read more…

August, 2013

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Nelson Castro trips on silver tongue

Disgraced ex-west Bronx Assemblyman Nelson (Speak up, please) Castro just can’t seem to keep from stepping on his so-called silver tongue. Read more…
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Boro in basement for voter turnout

One of the big reasons the Bronx Democratic Party manages to keep a tight grip, protecting incumbents, whether they’re worthy or not, is the abysmal voter turnout in many of its districts, where at most only 3,500 or so registered voters bother to traipse to the polls. Read more…
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No ‘soup’ for these candidates

Along with city Comptroller John Liu’s mayoral campaign, the city’s Campaign Finance Board turned into Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi Monday, Aug. 5 with a bunch of Bronx wannabe’s, telling them “NO MATCHING FUNDS FOR YOU!” Read more…
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Grudge match for Castro seat

GRUDGE MATCH Read more…

July, 2013

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Raucous protest livens Bronx Dems dinner

We were expecting the usual boring, sweatbath Bronx Democratic Party dinner again this year, with the inflated hyperbole from the podium and pressing-the-flesh schmoozing on the floor. Read more…
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Now it’s eyes on Primary prize

Most of the serious candidates scrambling to fill City Council seats and one assembly seat in the Bronx all got their nominating petitions in under the July 11 midnight deadline at the city Board of Elections. Read more…
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Albany glass half full for Klein

It’s been a rough session in Albany for Jeff Klein – with some lessons learned. Read more…
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Jimmy and Joel vote no on cop profiling bill

At least two members of the City Council’s Bronx delegation went their own way on a controversial bill that curbs the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk and other programs open to profiling suspects. Read more…

June, 2013

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Bronx a player in voting rights ruling

With the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a major piece of the Voting Rights Act involving federal oversight, not just the South, but the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan are also affected. Read more…
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Surrounded by Dems, Bronx GOP parties

Bronx Republicans are alive and ... well, outnumbered by Bronx Dems 11-to-1. Read more…
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Dem Party petition headache

For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost, as the old saying goes. Read more…
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And they’re outta the gate

Now we’ve got a real horse race. Read more…

May, 2013

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Bare chest for Weiner? Adolfo’s OK

A bare chest could be one of the less talked about reasons former Congressman Anthony (Tweener) Weiner is in the mayoral marathon. Read more…
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Will the real Joel please stand

What’s in a name? A potential spoiler in a hot City Council race named Joel Rivera. Read more…
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Political earthquakes shaking up Bronx

Yet another couple of earthquakes have hit Bronx politics, with a judge turning down candidate Yudelka Tapia’s lawsuit to avoid paying $108,000 in fines and funds owed to the city’s Campaign Finance Board, Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson named by feds as POSSIBLY under investigation, and a guessing game on what other Bronx pols might also be under prosecutors’ microscopes. Read more…
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Some Dem Party faithful not happy with Heastie

A little over five years ago, the Bronx Democratic Party underwent a sea change, with a group of electeds and district leaders unseating County Leader Jose Rivera. Read more…

April, 2013

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Some crossed wires in Bronx bribe case

With all this talk of now EX-Assemblyman Nelson Castro being wired as an FBI informant to bring down Assemblyman Eric Stevenson in a bribery scandal, and all the jokes (?) about local pols patting each other down for wires, we’ve been wondering if Nelson looked like he was hooked up for a cardiogram under his shirt. Read more…
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Bribery collars unleash political fallout

Bronx Assemblyman Nelson Castro’s resignation after his involvement in a bribery scandal has created political fallout in both his west Bronx district and the City Council one just east of it. Read more…
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Push for Cuomo to delay vote for Castro seat

Wait for it. Read more…
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Bribery collar won’t derail Bronx GOP Boss Savino - for now

With Bronx GOP boss Jay Savino charged - and no doubt secretly recorded – by the feds on a bribery scheme involving state Senator Malcolm Smith looking to get on the GOP mayoral ballot, folks are wondering just what happens to the local party now. Read more…

March, 2013

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Is Bronx GOP version a Lhota bull?

Well, one camp says Bronx Republican Party Boss Jay Savino got his arm heavily twisted to dump backing former Bronx Boro Prez Adolfo Carrion, NOT back supermarket and oil billionaire John Catsimatidis and support Joe Lhota for mayor. Read more…
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Showin’ the money in hot council race

It looks like those financial filings with the city Campaign Finance Board for the hot race in the central Bronx’ 15th Council District could be changing the playing field. Read more…
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This race wide open for County backing

In any Bronx political race, the contest usually - that’s usually - belongs to the candidate who has the backing of the Bronx Democratic Party organization. Read more…
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Carrion and Catsimatidis in mayoral talks

CARRION & CATSIMATIDIS IN POLITICAL TALKS Read more…

February, 2013

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Adolfo Carrion climbs that greasy political pole

Aaaaaand, he’s off and running. Read more…
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State of the Borough, tsuris at the Board of Elections, and County Boss in labor

This coming Tuesday’s State of the Borough might have been Ruben Diaz Jr.’s swan song as Bronx borough president if the political winds had blown a bit differently in his toe-in-the-water look at running for Public Advocate. Read more…
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New Council lines, Ed Koch and long knives....

That heated brawl over slicing E. Harlem’s 8th Council District in half and pushing it even further up into a mega-chunk of the South Bronx has been settled. Read more…

January, 2013

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No growth spurt - but hot rumor - for Klein’s breakaway Dems

Perspiring minds wanna know. Read more…
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They’re chomping at the gate in this race

The race for the 15th Council District in the central Bronx is starting to look like the starting gate at Aqueduct. Read more…
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Bronx pols want an extra seat at the Council table

If anyone was happy with the city Districting Commission’s proposed new Bronx council lines at its local hearing last week, we sure didn’t see them there. Read more…
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Where’s Charlie? Rangel working on putting one foot in new Bronx territory

With a redistricted western swath of the Bronx now making up a big 26% chunk of his 15th Congressional District, you’d think Charlie Rangel might want to put down some local roots. Read more…
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City Board of Elections still leaderless

Two years after the departure in disgrace of its last executive director, the city Board of Elections is still without a replacement, who given the board’s inner political workings, is supposed to be a Democrat from the Bronx. Read more…
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