Bronx Politics: Roselyn Johnson Democratic Club

Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda hosted the first meeting of the Roselyn Johnson Democratic club today, with an impressive turnout. The assemblyman stated that everyone in the room was a democrat who has voted in the last four elections and all but promised everyone present Election Day jobs.

Many Bronx elected officials made it out to the club’s grand opening: Senator Jeff Klein, Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., Assemblyman and Party Chairman Carl Heastie, Assemblyman Marcos Crespo, Councilmember Fernando Cabrera and Councilmember Annabel Palma.

Bronx Politics: The Bronx is Left Out in the Cold on the City Council

Here are some interesting numbers about The Bronx and the New York City Council:

—The Bronx makes up 16.6% of New York City’s population.
—The Bronx has 8 of 51 seats on the City Council, or 15.6%.
—On the top five major council committees (Finance, Economic Development, Transportation, Education and Land Use), the Bronx delegation is represented by just 7 members out of the 69 total, or 10.1%; of course, none are chaired by a Bronx member.

Bronx Politics: Vanessa Gibson Sworn Into City Council Office Ahead of Time

According to our sources, the Bronx Board of Elections was in quite the rush to verify the 16th City Council District election last week.
Our source tells us that Democratic Party appointees at the Board of Elections were scurrying about to ensure that the election was verified so that council-woman-elect Vanessa Gibson could be officially sworn into office later that evening.

Bronx Politics: State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie?


As Shelly Silver is approaching what looks like *might* be the end of his decades long reign as State Assembly Speaker, insiders are speculating about who might emerge as his replacement.

Bronx Politics: Bob Not-So-Thorough-Setter?

In last week’s “Boro Beat” column, Bob Kappstatter wrote that he “suspected” former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin would be running for his old seat because he moved back into “the hood.”  

Well, we here at followed up and engaged in some actual journalism and reached out to Mr. Benjamin.

Who From the Bronx Will Emerge Victorious in the September 10th Primaries?

The Bronx will have many political races with far reaching ramifications this Tuesday, Primary Day. Of course there are the city-wide races for Mayor, Comptroller and Public Advocate.  

There are also some intriguing local races, most notable: City Council Districts 11, 15, 16 and 17 and a special election for State Assembly District 86.