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Last night in Clinton Hill, the Prospect Heights Democrats for Reform—a community organization that tries to affect policy in the Democratic Party and encourages locals to run for office—held a public meeting to encourage discussion about police-community relations in light of recent protests over police brutality and use of lethal force. Activists, attorneys, politicians, and a diverse crowd of residents from a variety of Brooklyn neighborhoods including Fort Greene, Sunset Park, and Prospect Heights...
If you're a frequent reader of this site, you may have picked up on a theme: Brooklyn housing prices are skyrocketing, forcing people out of neighborhoods. Letitia Jams, Public Advocate and former Brooklyn City Councilman, has written a scathing letter to the CEO of Airbnb blaming the company for escalating the affordable housing shortage to emergency levels. "By helping turn a portion of our scarce housing supply into short-term rentals, Airbnb and the illegal...
Brooklyn was the real winner in this election cycle. Of the three citywide elected offices, two went to Brooklynites, indeed basically had to: the mayoral race was fought between two Kings County residents, and the Public Advocate Democratic primary was mainly between two Brooklynites as well, and no one expected the GOP candidate for Public Advocate to come close to winning. (Only the comptroller went to a Manhattanite, Scott Stringer, who defeated fellow Manhattanite Eliot Spitzer.) But...
Since I turned 18, I've voted in every election, even the one a few years ago that was just for judges. Recently, I even registered with a major party so I could vote in the primaries, because voting just once a year wasn't enough. And though I'm sometimes skeptical of democracy as a means of governance—I mean, because of it, our government is closed today; a king would never have let that happen!—I don't...

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