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September 3, 2009: Vol. 1, No. 6
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Brooklyn’s Courier-Life publishes Democratic primary picks


Courier-Life Publications, Brooklyn’s largest-circulation newspaper chain, today endorsed candidates in the upcoming Democratic primary election.

For Mayor: William Thompson

For Comptroller: David Yassky

For Public Advocate: Bill deBlasio

33rd Council District (Brooklyn Heights, Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg, Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill, DUMBO): Steve Levin — “a clear thinker with an independent streak.”

34th Council District (parts of Williamsburg and Bushwick. Queens: parts of Ridgewood): Diana Reyna — an incumbent who “has addressed the everyday concerns of her constituents while standing up to political skullduggery.”

39th Council District (Borough Park, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Street, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington): Josh Skaller — “a reformer in every sense of the word” opposed to the City Council’s “culture of political payback and back scratching.”

40th Council District (Flatbush, East Flatbush, parts of Crown Heights, Ditmas Park, Prospect-Lefferts, Kensington): Rock Hackshaw — he “brings to his candidacy a strong intellect and a fresh perspective on community concerns.”

41st Council District (Bedford Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville & East Flatbush): Tracy Boyland — coming “from a family long steeped in local politics, she has shown a strong grasp of the local issues, and important, how to address them.”

45th Council District (Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, parts of Carnarsie and Midwood): Jumaane Williams “with “years of experience as a community organizer … his pragmatism is particularly impressive.”

Courier-Life’s endorsements appear in print editions distributed today in southern Brooklyn, and those distributed in northern Brooklyn on Friday. With a combined circulation of 87,000, Courier-Life newspapers are published by Community Newspaper Group, which publishes more than 30 community newspapers in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, as well as the citywide Caribbean Life newspaper.

CNG hosted 20 political debates and forums which can be viewed at CNG’s BoroPolitics.com Web site. Each CNG newspaper group is making its own endorsements.

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