Friday, September 25, 2009

Notes from Community Board 4


Bushwick Community Board ‘Live’: September 09
by Aaron Short September 25th, 2009
Lost in the commotion of the competitive Democratic Primary was Community Board Four’s September meeting, the first of the new school year. There was little on the agenda but lots of announcements, and only one elected office sent a representative to the meeting that is usually full of staffers.
That representative was an exhausted yet triumphant Diana Reyna, the Democratic nominee for City Council. A weekend recount from two counties’ Boards of Elections certified her margin of victory over Democratic District Leader Maritza Davila at 251 votes. Reyna’s attorney said that Davila would not be challenging the results in court and while Davila remains on the ballot in November on the Working Families Party line, a WFP spokesperson said that Davila’s campaign has not been in touch with their office regarding coordinated campaign efforts.
Why did Diana win? Laura Braslow of Arts in Bushwick notes turnout from the artist community that is slowly moving into Bushwick, but those demographics are difficult to track. The council district is still over 80 percent Latino. In the 53rd Assembly District (Vito Lopez’s district), Davila beat Reyna by 200 votes, but Reyna made up the difference in pockets of other assembly districts like parts of Ridgewood, Bed-Stuy, and Wiliamsburg).

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