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Atlas Poll: State Level Races and Getting in Touch With Lost Base Top Atlas Readers’ Priorities for Brooklyn GOP

January 2, 2010

As we enter a the new year, the readers of Atlas have expressed their personal hopes for the party in 2010.

With nearly 240 voters so far, the Atlas Poll has begun to show two major issues as our readers’ top priorities for the Brooklyn GOP.

Our poll asked voters what should be the top priority of the Brooklyn GOp in 2010.

The choices given were:

1. Taking back the 13th Congressional District.

2. Outreach, Fundraising and Technological Advancement.

3. State level races, such as for the State Assembly.

4. Getting in touch with its lost base and reunifying the party.

So far, state level races (around 45%) and getting in touch with their lost base and reunifying the party (around 40%) are the top priorities that party should be pursuing.

The third highest on the list is outreach, fundraising and technological advancement (which carries 11% so far).

The least important priority given so far is the 13th Congressional race (a measly 7%). Whether this is the result of the division in the party over which candidate will be the nominee (Michael Allegretti, Mike Grimm, and, perhaps, Vito Fossella), we cannot say.


We’ll have more on this and on future results of this poll in the coming week!

  1. Reform in Brooklyn permalink
    January 2, 2010 4:17 pm

    For those interested in the history of the party and the divisions that have existed for almost two decades:

    The New York Times

    State Senate District Sees Brawl Within the G.O.P.

    September 4, 1994

    At first glance it’s just a nasty local brawl for a State Senate seat in a politically atypical corner of New York City.

    But scratch the surface, and the Republican primary in the 23d Senate District, covering slices of Brooklyn and Staten Island, emerges as a battle with broader stakes — and one reflecting divisiveness roiling Republican ranks from New York City to Albany.

    Just listen to the candidates.

    “I am running for the State Senate with the endorsement of people who represent something in the Republican Party,” said Arnaldo A. Ferraro, who is seeking to oust Robert J. DiCarlo from the Senate seat. Mr. Ferraro, a former State Assemblyman, emphasizes to voters that he is the “official candidate of the Republican organization of Kings County,” and he pictures Mr. DiCarlo, the incumbent, as a usurper.

    But Mr. DiCarlo, who won a special election to replace a Republican who resigned a year ago, derides Mr. Ferraro and those who say they are his official party backers.

    Mr. DiCarlo holds that he is the authentic Republican candidate for the district. Mr. Ferraro, he said, is a tool of a faction of Brooklyn Republicans “from outside this community” whose claim to represent the Brooklyn Republican organization, he insists, is aspiration more than accomplishment. A Chance to Have Influence

    Mr. DiCarlo termed the primary a battle for control of the Brooklyn Republican Party at a time when such control means more because, with a Republican Mayor, there is opportunity for Republican Party influence not usually seen in the city.

    “They feel they have to get rid of me if they are ever to be players with City Hall,” Mr. DiCarlo said.

    Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said yesterday that he strongly supported Mr. DiCarlo in the primary contest, but for reasons unrelated to the struggle for control of the Brooklyn Republican Party. Rather, the Mayor said, he has found Mr. DiCarlo to be “very effective for New York City” in the Senate on matters important to the city, including budget legislation.

    Even if the battle were not a proxy for a wider war, vigorous Republican competition could still be expected in the 23d Senate District, which elected the only Republican among the 29 State Senate and Assembly members representing parts of Brooklyn. A Republican Pocket

    In an overwhelmingly Democratic city, it is one of the few pockets where Republicans are frequently elected to legislative office. That makes the party’s nomination in the 23d something to stir the political juices rather than a clubhouse stalwart’s chance to be thrashed in November.

    Whoever wins the Republican primary will be the favorite in the November election, against the Democratic candidate, Vincent Gentile, political experts say.

    The 23d, a largely conservative, predominantly white district, spans New York Bay to join southwest Brooklyn areas like Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and part of Bensonhurst with Staten Island communities including Stapleton, Grymes Hill and Midland Beach.

    Two-thirds of the district’s residents live in the Brooklyn portion, as do Mr. DiCarlo, 37, from Bay Ridge, and Mr. Ferraro, 59, from Dyker Heights. D’Amato’s Support

    Another of the state’s most prominent Republicans, United States Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato, is supporting Mr. Ferraro, a retired language teacher who served a term in the Assembly in 1985-86. One reason, said a spokeswoman for Mr. D’Amato, Zenia Mucha, is that “Arnaldo Ferraro is supporting George Pataki and Bob DiCarlo isn’t.”

    Mr. DiCarlo said he is “staying neutral” in the Republican primary race for governor between Mr. Pataki, a fellow State Senator ardently backed by Mr. D’Amato, and Richard M. Rosenbaum, a former state Republican chairman.

    A leader of one of the two factions contending for control of the Brooklyn Republicans, Mr. DiCarlo served as Kings County Republican chairman, the borough’s top party post, from 1991 until last year, when he was displaced by Arthur Bramwell, head of the second faction.

    Mr. Bramwell, who is from the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, says his group has fought to make the party representative of its members “throughout the borough” and to end dominance by a “small group” of party leaders from the Bay Ridge area. Mr. Bramwell, who is black, said in an interview that the split in the party was not racial. “Most of the district leaders with me are white,” he said.

    Bitter Feelings

    Mr. DiCarlo retorted that “there has always been jealousy about Bay Ridge” among Republicans from elsewhere in Brooklyn because “none of the other districts elect Republicans.”

    The special election Mr. DiCarlo won last year was called after his Republican predecessor, Christopher J. Mega, resigned to become a State Court of Claims judge. Mr. DiCarlo, an investment banker who served as an executive assistant to Mr. Mega, is the son of Dominick L. DiCarlo, who as a popular Bay Ridge Republican represented that area in the Assembly in the 1960’s and 70’s. Dominick DiCarlo is now Chief Judge of the United States Court of International Trade.

    Politicians say the DiCarlo-Ferraro primary race could be close.

    Indicating the bitter feelings pervading the race, Mr. Bramwell went to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office last year with an accusation that, in an earlier party contest, Mr. DiCarlo misappropriated campaign funds for personal expenses. A special prosecutor was named to look into the accusation, which is still under investigation and which Mr. DiCarlo vigorously denied. In turn, he assailed Mr. Ferraro’s personal integrity.

    As for who would be a more effective senator for the 23d District, Mr. DiCarlo says that, in his year in Albany, he has been “able to bring over $2 million into the community” for programs and services involving education, voluntary ambulances and the like, something he said he could do because “I have a good relationship with the Senate majority leader, Ralph Marino.”

    Mr. Ferraro said: “I will bring home bacon, too. But the bacon has to be brought home carefully — it’s taxpayers’ money.”

    • Old School Republican permalink
      January 2, 2010 6:37 pm

      I remember that Republican Primary of 1994.
      I also remember that Arnaldo Ferraro defeated Robert DiCarlo as the Republican District Leader of the 49th AD in 1993.
      That defeat paved the road for Mr. DiCarlo to be ousted as the Chairman of the Kings County Republican Party.
      The Primary for the Senate seat was very close indeed. Mr. Ferraro won in the borough of Staten Island, but lost in Brooklyn by less that 200 votes.
      There have always been feuds in the Brooklyn Republican Party.
      The difference between then and now is that in the past Party leaders had experience and knowledge, and earned their place.

  2. Links on the Brooklyn GOP Website permalink
    January 2, 2010 4:50 pm

    Why isn’t there a link for Joseph Hayon on the new Brooklyn GOP webpage? Or for Mike Grimm, Michael Allegretti? There’s one for Golden.

  3. Gerry permalink
    January 3, 2010 11:51 pm

    I think the party’s goal in 2010 is competing well in their “race to the bottom.”

  4. Smelly Acorn Yards permalink
    January 4, 2010 3:30 pm

    Part of getting back in touch with the base is “WE DON’T WANT THE ATLANTIC YARDS.” ACORN and Golden — Strange bedfellows. The Republicans in the surrounding communities don’t want the yards. Bay Ridge, since they are far enough away from the stink, invite it.

    • Surreptitious GOP Affairs permalink
      January 4, 2010 3:46 pm

      This is an excellent point, and I hope Atlas Shrugs will highlight this very soon. Very, very important.

  5. 2009 Election Results for City Council District 43 permalink
    January 5, 2010 9:50 pm

    2009 Election Results for District 43

    District 43 Candidate Party Votes Pct.

    Winner: Vincent GentileVincent Gentile Dem. 13,217 59.7% Incumbent

    Bob Capano Rep. 8,911 40.3

  6. 2010 victory permalink
    January 7, 2010 2:31 am

    Golden and Acorn, wow with Republicans like that who needs Democrats.

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