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DEVELOPING STORY: COMMUNITY BOARD 10 VICE-CHAIR MIGHT CHALLENGE GOLDEN PRINCE

January 19, 2010

The following was printed in Courier Life:

Democrat poised to take out Golden

State Senator Marty Golden – the borough’s lone Republican in its Albany delegation — may have had no opponent the last couple of go-rounds. But, this year, it’s looking increasingly likely that his name will not be the only one on the ballot in the 22nd Senatorial District.

Bay Ridge Democrat Brian Kieran, who was recently elected vice chair of Community Board 10, told this paper that he is seriously considering taking Golden on.


Kieran, who said he is still waiting for clearance from his job as a law clerk with the Office of Court Administration to take the step, contended that he “wouldn’t choose the race — the race chooses you,” and said he was looking at running chiefly because of his concern about the way Albany operates.

“Albany is broke. It’s dysfunctional,” Kieran contended. “I think we need fresh ideas, fresh eyes. It’s almost like a moral imperative for me.

“I don’t want to knock Marty, the man,” he went on. “I’m well acquainted with him, and I like him.” But, Kieran contended, “This is a knock on all of us if we don’t stand up and say we are willing to fight the system.”

The problems cross party lines, Kieran averred, in large part because personal ambition becomes an end in itself for many elected officials. But, he said, “I’m not a politician looking for a career in politics. I’ve had a full career. This is not an economic opportunity for me. It wouldn’t be the fulfillment of all my dreams. But, I do feel strongly that this is something that needs to be done.”

In addition, said Kieran, if Democrats retain control of the Senate, the 22nd S.D. would be better served by having a Dem in the seat.

“Marty ran against Vinnie Gentile saying I can do a better job because I’m a Republican and I’m in the majority,” he recalled. “Well, guess what. You’re not now. Marty did great for the district while the Republicans were in control, but if they don’t regain the majority, then a Democrat can do a better job for the community.”

Kieran said he expected to know shortly if he could make the race without resigning from his current job. If he decides not to run, he went on, he said he hopes someone else picks up the gauntlet. To have an incumbent run for reelection without having an opponent, he stressed, is not “democratic with a small D.”

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More details to follow on this story.

(Thanks to a good friend of Atlas for calling this to our attention!)

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16 Comments
  1. Chef Boyardee permalink
    January 19, 2010 4:48 pm

    Uh oh spagettios, Marty!

  2. Joe Nardiello permalink
    January 19, 2010 5:20 pm

    Shouldn’t surprise anyone that a media-outlet would use the term “poised to take out Golden” — to describe the musings of someone without any elected service, statewide/policy experience, and far ahead of even declaring. But, why was this posted without criticism of its contents? this is ‘news’, but not in our interests as a party or individuals that believe in Republican ideals, in any way that I can see.

    We’ve got a Community Board member, so this story goes, in Brooklyn (probably appointed by a Dem/Councilman) who is working for a city job in the Office of Court Administration, no less — allowed to speak about how he’d help Albany out of its mess, that’s caused essentially hook, line and sinker by people he’s rubbed elbows with? Can you BE more status quo, than what that represents? As if we need another State Senate Democrat… to right our wrongs, for they way each has responded and risen above the fray of last May/June, and how they’ve responded to Gov. Patterson’s calls (of all people) for budget austerity.

    Sen. Golden can take a posture of being a voice for fiscal constraint, of challenging budgets with deeper, sensible cuts — so, what’s the background of the law clerk with handling multi-billion, or million dollar budgets?

    But, it does surprise me (still)… that this website (here I am reading the entry just before 5pm) has nary of post in defense of Brooklyn’s ‘lone Republican’ elected leader in Albany. Do we stand by, and not discuss/challenge wording… of possible Democrat being allowed to draw salary (possibly) from a City job to run an election to add yet ANOTHER Democrat — of the same that deliver next to nothing, and provide the circus we’ve witnessed across our lifetimes? Internal sparring is one thing, but what is this all about…?

    Snickering about Golden’s chances of losing his Senate seat, to this guy? how myopic is it? is this payback for the video posted a week/two ago?… what is this website about — someone send me an email, asap.

  3. Confused Republican permalink
    January 19, 2010 5:54 pm

    If I didnt know better I would say Atlas is rooting for Marty to lose…

  4. Claudius permalink
    January 19, 2010 8:17 pm

    The potential challenger could be a ruse to raise funds for Golden.
    Everyone should hold onto their wallets and put away the checkbooks for a little while.
    Without a challenger, people see no reason to donate to Golden’s campaign. With a potential challenger, and supposed threat to Golden’s seat, people have an incentive to donate.
    Marketing 101: create a demand for the product and the consumer will pay.

  5. MM Boarder Watcher permalink
    January 20, 2010 10:45 am

    Sorry to cut in on this unrelated posting, but I didn’t want “Church Goer” to miss this.

    Church Goer:

    You should have “got down on your knees and began to pray…
    [you’d]be safe and warm if you [lived] in LA…”

    I’m not JIM (note caps)either. However, JIM M (note caps)is a friend and authorized me to say what comes next….

    He was my source, and he gave me a copy of the “HAITI” flyer that he picked up at St Anselms at the 12 Noon mass on January 17th and he gave me a copy of the parish bulletin (nice ads [2] for Eaton & Torrenzano)so I could get the reverend’s name and title right….

    Jim said for me to tell you for him, “Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man…That he didn’t, didn’t already have…So please believe in me.” [Respectfully borrowed by Jim and MM from Dewey Bunnell & America]

    This is from both Jim and me, “Come on show us what you got!”

    Maybe if you’re smart, “[you’ll]be safe and warm if you [run to] LA…”

    PS

    Jim said to add this, “I slept well, thanks for asking.”
    I slept well too.

    MMBW

    • CHURCH GOER permalink
      January 20, 2010 11:55 am

      Thanks for you kind reply. Not sure what the reference to the Eaton & Torrneano ads refers to, and not sure what “come on show us what you got” means – is that some kind of a threat to me?

    • Lora permalink
      January 20, 2010 3:39 pm

      This is excellent info! It demonstrates the ARROGANCE and STUPIDITY of the Eaton Cabal (which consists of a few aged, overweight hustlers who fancy themselves “political consultants”).

      Enough is enough with the same old same old.

  6. MM Boarder Watcher permalink
    January 20, 2010 12:26 pm

    Church Goer

    Let’s just say I don’t know who you are…it may even be true.

    You’ll have to ask Jim M when you next see him…assuming you know what he looks like—very handsome man about 45 yoa.

  7. Bayridgistanian permalink
    January 25, 2010 2:18 pm

    This was recently posted on the Bay Ridge Journal:

    Looks like Marty Golden is finally getting some competition, from Democrat Brian Kieran.

    They cited you guys as the source LOL

    http://bayridgejournal.blogspot.com/

  8. Carl permalink
    January 25, 2010 3:05 pm

    Isn’t this guy Kieran Peter Abbate’s boy? Aren’t Marty and Peter veryclose friends?
    Seems weird that all of a sudden this Democrat contemplates a run. Maybe it’s just a way for Marty to raise money.

  9. Downhill Racer permalink
    January 25, 2010 11:36 pm

    That’s beeb said here before by somebody else. There is a long term relationship between Jeff Krauss and Peter Abbate going back to their days with Congressman Steven Solarz. That’s for sure.

    Now their relationship involves the deal for the Republican senate seat now held by Golden. Maybe, there’s a new deal in the works, because Golden can’t hold his seat much longer.

  10. Just Curious permalink
    January 26, 2010 12:20 am

    Was Solarz the congressman before or after George Harwan came into play? Is it true that Harwan was a hippie pot-head pedophile? Is it true that in their younger days that Krauss and Abbate were Harwan’s “boys”? Just curious.

    • Downhill Racer permalink
      January 26, 2010 12:23 pm

      JC,

      Without commenting on your possible libels of whomever, Solarz was around a long time.

      Abbate was involved with a “George Alwon” (I think Abbate ran the [non-union] printing press at the storfront on 6th Avenue near 56th or 57th Streets in Sunset Park)in at least two state senate campaigns: for George Alwon in/around ’72 and for John Flanagan in/around ’74 [easy for you to look up]. I don’t know about Krauss.

  11. CPU permalink
    January 26, 2010 12:40 am

    Hi Jimmy, have you finally figured out on getting the “Lambada” right.

    You seem pretty comfortable there with your own “Kind”.

  12. handzsmbolz permalink
    May 27, 2010 10:22 am

    New member

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