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44th City Council District Race Shakeup as Judge Enters Race

January 8, 2010

Urban Elephants recently informed us readers of their blog that “Councilman Simcha Felder, one of the many conservative Democrats in City Hall may soon step aside and free up the seat” in the 44th City Council District. That has since been confirmed. Now, it seems, Brooklyn Young Republican Jonathan J. Judge will be seeking Felder’s seat. Now, this endorsement was recently sent out by the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization:

At a recent special Leadership meeting of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization, Jonathan J. Judge, President of the Brooklyn Young Republican Club announced his candidacy for City Council in the 44th Councilmanic District in the upcoming Special Election.

“My neighbors and I have been deeply concerned about the direction 
in which our city and community is heading. Too many of our
representatives in City Hall have stopped listening to the people on
 many key issues. These tough times require constant vigilance and
someone who knows how city government works to keep our district 
running at its best for everyone. It is time for a true public servant
 to step up for the people of our district. My experience working in 
government and with our diverse community over the better part of the 
last decade would be a tremendous asset to our community as our City
 Council Member. Therefore, after much consideration and many kind
 phone calls and emails, I have decided to seek election to the New
 York City Council in the 44th District.”

The announcement was favorably received by those attending the meeting. In addition to Brooklyn Young Republican President, Jonathan J Judge has been very active in political and community activities, such as the Bay Ridge Community Council,  the New York State Young Republican and other civic groups.

The leadership of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization is confident that Mr. Judge’s previous involvement and dedication will remain true to the principles and philosophy of the Republican Party.

So it seems this whole race just got much more interesting.

Stay with Atlas for continuing details on this new development in the 44th City Council District Race in Brooklyn.

  1. I Heart Team Judge permalink
    January 8, 2010 1:15 pm

    A true leader, and a fresh young voice for a new style of politics in Brooklyn. I know Jonathan, and I approve this message!

  2. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    January 8, 2010 1:19 pm

    Jonathan J is a very good man and his candidacy might be a lot of fun (see my prior posts, but the only really relevant J[j]udge who might enter this race is Hon. Noach Dear, Civ. Ct. Judge, Kings Co.——

    • No to Noach Dear permalink
      January 8, 2010 1:33 pm

      During his unsuccessful run for the Ninth District congressional seat representing Brooklyn and Queens, auditors found that Dear and campaign treasurer Abraham Roth—a certified public accountant—accepted “several sets of sequentially numbered money orders.” The money, purportedly from 47 individual contributors, totaled about $40,000. When interviewed, however, those whose names appeared on the money orders told FEC investigators they had never made donations to Dear’s committee.

      In yet another ethical lapse, in 1993, Dear agreed to repay more than $37,000 to a private foundation that paid for expenses like telephones in his home and trips abroad by his children, under a civil settlement announced by Robert Abrams, then New York Attorney General.

      According to The New York Times, “Richard Barr, a spokesman for Mr. Abrams, said that Mr. Dear, a conservative Brooklyn Democrat elected in 1982, broke laws governing charities when he used money from a foundation he helped create to pay for expenses ranging from calls from his car phone to a plane ticket for his wife.”

      Dear was never charged with any illegal activity. Of late there have been questions as to Dear’s ability to be a judge as he has never practiced law. Having a law degree is not a prerequisite nor mandatory requirement for serving as a judge.

      Noach Dear was not approved by the New York City Bar Association, to be a Judge, by reason of his failure to affirmatively demonstrate that he possesses the requisite qualifications for the court for which he is a candidate. “In examining candidates for the judiciary, the Committee on the Judiciary of the Association seeks to determine whether the candidate possesses the requisite qualifications for judicial office, such as integrity, impartiality, intellectual ability, knowledge of the law, industriousness, and judicial demeanor and temperament.” Nothing specific was cited that stated how their opinion was reached.

  3. Kick-The-Dog permalink
    January 8, 2010 1:43 pm

    I stand ready to collect signatures for a fellow Republican, as I have done for so many other candidates, including Bob Capano and Marty Golden.

  4. Young GOP Kid permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:17 pm

    I’m glad to see Judge run! He has my support!

  5. Marcus Tullius Cicero permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:26 pm


    Let’s “rock and roll!”

    Way to go Jonathan!

    Let’s muster up our resources and organizational support and full speed ahead! We have work to do….”and miles to go before we sleep”

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

    “The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.”

  6. SI GOPer permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:37 pm

    When the campaign’s up, my check’s in the mail. Jonathan has done lots of good work for Staten Island candidates. It’s time we returned the favor.

  7. David Greenpeace permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:42 pm

    Hope Marty Golden endorses fellow Republican Judge very soon.

  8. JJJ for 44 CD permalink
    January 8, 2010 2:52 pm

    Republicans Unite Behind a Fellow Republican! Good stuff!

  9. Park Slope Agrarian Farmer permalink
    January 8, 2010 3:11 pm

    No more supporting Democrats for City Council! Finally a chance for the GOP to support one of their own!

  10. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    January 8, 2010 3:29 pm

    Poor, benighted, suffering souls looking for succor in this veil of tears.

    • Kick-The-Dog permalink
      January 8, 2010 3:42 pm

      I’m neither poor nor suffering. I’m not crying. I’m ecstatic that a candidate with a decent shot at winning is running for City Council. One of us. A person we can all support and believe in.

      No offense, Wags, but the only one in need of succor is that unqualified Noach Dear.

    • Dear's Not Fit to Serve Anywhere permalink
      January 8, 2010 5:48 pm

      Kevin Parker: Dear’s Not Fit to Serve Anywhere

      Before winning a Democratic primary for a judicial post last week, Noach Dear ran for state Senator in Brooklyn in 2002, 2004 and 2006. He lost each time to Kevin Parker, who had this to say about Dear’s qualifications as a public servant:

      “I don’t think he’s fit, frankly, to serve anywhere. And I would rather had him lose his election and run against me every year and let me beat him every year, than have him serve this borough and this state in any capacity.”

  11. Hatikvah permalink
    January 8, 2010 4:28 pm

    Excellent, because I’m NOT supporting Greenfield.

  12. Democrat for Judge permalink
    January 8, 2010 4:56 pm

    Not to be left out, I am a Democrat. I’m new to this blog, but I noticed all the nice things being said about Jonathan.

    I want you all to know that this is a special election, and Mr. Judge has my fullest support. In the end, I don’t care about partisanship. We need intelligent, hard-working young men working to fix our broken political structure. I know Jonathan Judge, and he is such a person. I hope all of you, regardless of party, will support this very dedicated leader.

  13. Love From Ditmas Park permalink
    January 8, 2010 5:33 pm

    Google Alert from the Ditmas Park Blog, one of the links on Atlas:

    Jonathan Judge of the Community Board 14 has just announced that he’s running for City Council in the special election in the 44th District (vacated by Simcha Felder). We’d like to wish him all the success – while at CB14, Johnathan has been excellent in quickly providing help and getting answers to every question we have ever asked, and will be missed. Here is why he’s running:

    “My neighbors and I have been deeply concerned about the direction in which our city and community is heading. Too many of our representatives in City Hall have stopped listening to the people on many key issues. These tough times require constant vigilance and someone who knows how city government works to keep our district running at its best for everyone. It is time for a true public servant to step up for the people of our district. My experience working in government and with our diverse community over the better part of the last decade would be a tremendous asset to our community as our City Council Member. Therefore, after much consideration and many kind phone calls and emails, I have decided to seek election to the New York City Council in the 44th District. “

  14. Brooklyn YR permalink
    January 8, 2010 5:44 pm

    You guys missed this one:

  15. Go Get Them Jonny!! permalink
    January 8, 2010 11:54 pm

    Sarah Palin loves Jonathan J. Judge. Watch her interview with Larry King.LOL

  16. Abraham from Park Slope permalink
    January 9, 2010 1:30 am

    Why hasn’t Urban Elephants posted the story about a fellow Republican Jonathan Judge?

    What happened to fostering party unity? I read about Judge earlier on the Daily News. Why is Urban Elephants leaving this story alone?

    I guess this proves they aren’t committed to supporting fellow Republicans. All talk and no action.

  17. 2010 victory permalink
    January 9, 2010 2:30 am

    I think Mr Judge would make a great city councilman. I hope the party is going to support the only Republican in this race. Lets give Chairman Eaton a chance to do the right thing, and show us why he is the leader of the Republican Party of Brooklyn. The ball is now in your court Mr Eaton, please do the right thing.

  18. Holding Out For A Hero In The 44th permalink
    January 9, 2010 2:23 pm

    Jonathan Judge looks to crash the party in City Hall and restore the 44th to her former greatness. But he’ll need help from his trusty Brooklyn Young Republicans, including the Giant Gingerbread man.

  19. Sexy Republicana permalink
    January 10, 2010 10:17 pm

    I like what he’s done. I’m sending him a check when he gets his campaign up and running.

    And remember, the R in Republican stands for Reform!

  20. rice is buddy buddy with o'brien permalink
    February 13, 2010 10:22 am

    Rumor has it Ken Rice is accepting help from Merlin of Malice Gerry O’Brien, the man who supposedly stole signatures from GOP candidates last summer and assaulted Jonathan Judge during the same time. If so, Ken Rice should be ashamed of himself.

    Go after O’Brien, Atlas! His evil doings cannot be tolerated.

  21. Donna Rice (no relation to Ken Rice) permalink
    March 5, 2010 8:09 am

    It would be ironic, foolish and probably unlawful for Kenneth M. Rice, a lawyer and member of the NYS Bar, NY State attorney registration number 4645297, and an agency attorney employee of the NYC Police Department, currently employed by the City of NY, a law enforcement municipal police organization, to run as a candidate for political, elected office when the City’s rules and laws are clear. Who didn’t perform careful due diligence prior to? His ballot petitioning and candidacy are a big problem.

    Didn’t the KCRC diligently, thoughtfully, intelligently research this subject? No! Because the deceitful Eaton-Golden autocracy wants to sabotage and harm Jonathon Judge’s real, viable, credible and worthy chance to become the next elected council member, on the GOP line, for the 44th City Council District for Brooklyn.

    The NYC Conflicts of Interest Board would be interested in knowing about this.

    regarding the Applicability of the Hatch Act to Municipal Officers and Employees.

    Click to access Applicability_of_Hatch_Act_(SKim).pdf

    According to NYC laws and regulations, a city agency municipal employee is NOT permitted to run for political, elected office at the same time he or she is on the job with the City of NY. Therefore, Ken Rice may be in violation of NYC laws and conflict of interest rules because he is currently a agency employee of the NYPD, a city agency

  22. on behalf of Gene Berardelli permalink
    March 5, 2010 4:07 pm

    “So, it looks like I ruffled a few feathers with my vote on who to endorse in the 44th Council Special Election.” – Gene B.

    • March 5, 2010 4:32 pm

      Thanks for linking, but I can do my own talking. 🙂

      • Have Your Cake, Gene, But Don't Eat It permalink
        March 5, 2010 4:56 pm

        Gene B. wants to have his cake and eat it too. He likes Jonathan, oh wait he doesn’t, but he loves rice. He supports rice, but he wants to be impartial. OK.

        I heard that Jonathan was attacked from the moment he went in there. the District Leaders were looking for a fight. They went after him, attacked him with totally fake facts. The ones who attacked him included D’Ottavio, Gallo, Rice, Clorinda, O’Brien.

        I was told Leslie Rice (is she related to Kenneth?) went nuts and shouted at Jonathan also.

        Clorinda A. was having a hissy-fit and shouted at Jonathan and tried to engage in a shouting match with him.

        Basically from what I was told everyone except for a few people went after Jonathan. The whole thing was rigged from the beginning. Jonathan was brave to face those monsters to begin with.

        When the GOP purge of corrupt political hacks happens, 3/4 of the people who attacked Jonathan will be thrown out on their asses. You can count on that.

      • March 5, 2010 5:37 pm

        “Gene B. wants to have his cake and eat it too. He likes Jonathan, oh wait he doesn’t, but he loves rice. He supports rice, but he wants to be impartial. OK.”

        See, this is where America’s schools are failing us – there are no critical reading skills taught anymore!

        But putting that larger issue aside, I’d love to live in your black-and-white world. I’ve said on many occasions that I consider Jonathan a friend, but on that night, he would not have won my vote as the best candidate – friendship or no. As I wrote, Ken Rice impressed me. As he did others in attendance.

        As it is, you’re claiming that there was some conspiracy against Jonathan, complete with a plan to sabotage him with “fake facts” that was “rigged” by “monsters.” Kinda proved my point of why I thought to abstain, don’t ‘cha think?

      • Elissa permalink
        March 6, 2010 12:55 am

        I am very critical of your portrayal of what happened.

        As was said, I heard Jonathan was ganged up on. He was attacked by a room full of angry people who are convinced he runs this blog Atlas Shrugs. And I think these Atlas people have even said that Jonathan does not run the blog. I havent heard Jonathan say he has written it either from anyone I know.

        Look, you must know they hate him for a whole bunch of reasons, most of which the average person would consider admirable (independence, not kowtowing to the establishment, working with people who have been alienated from the party and those who have not).

        You are lying if you say that Jonathan was asked civil questions from the people in the room from what me and a lot of others who heard what happened from people who were there. And those that asked the questions were bragging beforehand about how they were “gonna get him.”

        This is so childish and pathetic, and yet you overlook this and act like you’re some sort of courageous bystander.

        I don’t think so buddy.

    • March 6, 2010 11:11 am


      I would understand anyone being very critical of any “portrayal” – mainly because all portrayals are slanted. But I didn’t give one! Not in my blog, not on here.

      I only expressed how I voted and my OPINION of the candidates’ presentations and demeanor.

      I invite you to read again – this time without prejudice, buddy.

      • Jail Bait permalink
        March 6, 2010 11:58 am

        So you support a guy who never showed up at the debate (he’d rather attend a party) and who makes deals with Democrats and the Republican party establishments?

        You’re not much of a Republican, then.

      • Barf!!!!!! permalink
        March 6, 2010 11:59 am

        You think you’re sooooooooooooooooo impartial.

        Barf!!!!!!!!! Please.

      • March 6, 2010 12:58 pm

        Yeah, I’d support a fellow young professional who wasn’t invited to a debate organized by the former employer of a candidate held before a crowd who already knows who they’ll be voting for who instead went to meet with over 175 Republicans who he singularly won over.

        And I’d LOVE to see real proof of any supposed deal made with any Democrat. Because to see some real proof brought out on here would be a first.

  23. Boris permalink
    March 5, 2010 7:57 pm

    Borough Park Council Race Is Heating Up!

    By Harold Egeln (this is Craig’s Bitch)
    Brooklyn Daily Eagle,

  24. Cicero permalink
    March 5, 2010 8:08 pm

    There is way too much flatulence within the KCRC hierarchy, starting with its scrotum faced, constipated borough Party Chairperson and continuing with the Charlatan representing the 22nd ny state senate district.

  25. Bodacious Patti permalink
    March 5, 2010 8:32 pm

    Attn: candidate Ken Rice,

    “Running for elective office is a little bit trickier than the other issues discussed above. This is because, in addition to the City’s conflicts of interest law, candidates for elective office are also subject to Mayoral Directive 91-7 and the federal Hatch Act. As with the other political activities mentioned above, the conflicts of interest law prohibits you from using City time or resources in connection with your non-City activity, including running for elective office. Also, since the City’s conflicts of interest law prohibits high-ranking appointed officials from requesting any person to make a contribution to a campaign for City elective office, they are effectively barred from running for City office while keeping their City positions.
    In addition, Mayoral Directive 91-7 requires certain public servants who work in exempt, provisional, and non-competitive positions, to use annual leave or take a leave of absence from their jobs in order to run for elective office. Moreover, the federal Hatch Act bars public servants who work in agencies that receive federal funding from running for elective office in a partisan election, that is, an election in which any candidate represents, for example, the Democratic or Republic party.

    If you are unsure whether your political activities create a conflict of interest, call the Conflicts of Interest Board at 212-442-1400 and ask for the attorney of the day. You can also email us through our website ( by clicking on “Contact COIB.” All calls and emails are confidential, and you may contact us anonymously.”

    Click to access ace_10_06_political.pdf

  26. Cicero permalink
    March 6, 2010 9:06 am

    Judge said, “I am a conservative Republican, and you’ll never have to worry about me selling out on important issues in our community.”

  27. Marc permalink
    March 6, 2010 9:10 am

    the “R in Republican stands for reform!”

    Kenneth Rice, a candidate for the 44th Council District, is flanked by 47th Assembly District Republican Club leaders Phyllis Carbo and Russell Gallo after getting club’s endorsement at Brooklyn Republican Party’s cocktail party.

    Brooklyn Daily Eagle, by Harold Egeln (this writer is a buddy of Craig Eaton so that explains the contant pro-Eaton articles in The Brooklyn Eagle)

  28. Judge not Judge lest ye be Judged permalink
    April 12, 2010 8:17 pm

    Reboot the Rudolf Rassendyll campaign for City Counsel in the 44th Council District. It’s great to see him back and looking so good. I had forgotten how wildly red his hair is.
    I was worried that the bad guys had snatched him up like something badly copied out of “The Prisoner of Zenda”— even though our “RR” sort of looks more like Doug Jr. than Ronald Coleman, but what the heck, life and analogies are never perfect. I know, everybody really thinks he looks like a young Errol Flynn, but Flynn was never right for the part of “RR”.

    Let me address this to himself: Rudy, the stars are in alignment now for the real Republicans to pull the upset that you had prematurely predicted for the Special Election won by that pretender David Greenburg, with the active support of that turncoat bastard, State Senator Martin Golden, the only real true genuine RINO elected by the eatem-and-beatem Conservatives and their pathic-punked allies, the Eaton-and-puked-up, Republicans.

    This time we’ll print up lots of cards just like the Catholic Citizen’s Committee ones that David Greenglass had. Maybe, we’ll even swag their mailing permit and have them pay for it all. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Really, we’ll pass them out in front of all the Catholic Churches in the district and even secretly place them in all the missalettes and blame it all on Marty Cottingham. Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

    I’m telling you that David Greenbaum and all of his co-conspirators won’t know what to do with the existential threat that you personify to all their machinations for 2010.

    Craig Eaton must have put on his magic cloak and be mumbling incantations already. When he saw your YR video he shouted out “Curses, you wily rapscallion Rudolf Rassendyll, you have bested me in the end.”

    When Russell Gallo heard Eaton’s exclamation, he almost passed out thinking that Eaton had been shared by someone on the other side. When he asked Marc D’Ottavio if that were possible, old Marco assured the shaken Russ that: “Craig has only been sheared by Rudolf Rassendyll not shared, but, sadly, that may happen yet.”

    The sheared Eaton has been rumored to have repaired to one of his getaways; to plot against you yet another time. This time we must be prepared for whatever they fling in your direction.

    Maybe, this time you will run under your real name, instead of as your look-alike cousin, Jonathan. In any case, and under any name, I’m sure you will be the peoples’ choice.

    Just remember the lovely “Flavia” must remain faithful to your doppelganger cousin, her lawful and proper betrothed.


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