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46 AD Race: Lucretia Regina-Potter Emerges As GOP Frontrunner

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All the ducks are lining up for Republican Assembly District Leader Lucretia Regina-Potter to grab both the GOP and Conservative Party endorsements to run for the 46th District Assembly seat.And while Regina-Potter is something of a perennial candidate for various public offices in Southern Brooklyn, her knowledge of the issues and the district, in which she’s lived her entire life, could make her a formidable foe for Democratic front-runner Pamela Harris or any other candidate the Democrats might choose to run.

The assembly seat is currently vacant following the resignation earlier this month of Alec Brook-Krasny, who is taking a position in the private sector. It includes all of Coney Island and Dyker Heights, and parts of Brighton Beach, Bath Beach and Bay Ridge.

“It’s not about one Party of the other, but it’s about what’s best for our community. Everyone in this district are neighbors, and after Sandy it was neighbors that came to people’s aid,” said Regina-Potter, who was raised in Dyker Heights and currently lives in Bath Beach with her husband and two children.

“I’m here trying to offer solutions and it’s in everybody’s interest to just get along,” she added.

Regina-Potter, who is on the executive committee of the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Club and holds a BA from Fordham University, said she sees the main issues as the rising crime rates in the area, complete with reported gang activity, the over assessment on properties leading to both encroaching gentrification and high property taxes, bringing water taxes and student loans down, education and incentives and initiatives that can help small businesses grow.

She also sees the City’s Board of Elections purging of voters from their records as a major issue.

The BOE sent letters out in June and if constituents don’t send them back with updated information they risk being taken off as registered voters, she said.

Regina-Porter said the BOE has thrown off about 11,000 of the borough’s roughly 112,000 registered Republicans and has probably thrown off more registered Democrats.

Kings County Republican Chair Craig Eaton said Regina-Potter was already interviewed and the GOP Executive Committee was impressed with her, but a final decision on who the Party supports in the expected November special hasn’t been made yet.

Likewise, Conservative Party Chair Jerry Kassar said while the executive committee has not interviewed Regina-Potter yet, he has known her for many years and spoke with her on the phone recently.

She seems pretty motivated and the Conservative Party is waiting to see who the Republican Party picks with a strong possibility it would go with the GOP pick as a united front, said Kassar.

Interestingly, the special election comes as the Kings County Republican Party continues to be divided between two factions – one led by Bay Ridge Sen. Marty Golden and the other led by Eaton.

But Regina-Potter said she gets along well with both factions, and Kassar, who is Golden’s chief of staff, said the veteran lawmaker is committed to working for whichever candidate the GOP supports.

The Conservative Party also interviewed Brook-Krasny’s former chief-of-staff Kate Cucco, and were very impressed with her. However, it now appears Cucco is out of the running for the Democratic Party nod, making it seem more likely the Conservative Party will endorse the GOP candidate whomever that may be.

While the borough is overwhelmingly Democratic – particularly in Coney Island – the district overall has many blue-collar Democrats who are more likely to vote for the person over the party affiliation.

If both Harris and Regina-Potter get their respective Party’s nominations, the stage will be set for what is expected to be a close and hard-fought battle for the assembly seat.

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A Vote of No Confidence

The following article makes an interesting point about the ineptitude and inability of the NY Board of Elections to count a vote. Overvoting is a common problem with the new voting system implemented in 2010. The fact that the Board allowed “invalid” ballots to be submitted and then tossed out raises many other questions, especially for political candidates like yours truly. It appears to be very convenient for the “powers that be” that the Board “lost” the overvote data for 56% of the election districts in Brooklyn and Queens! Just an interesting fact that hopefully makes voters more aware and more alert when they go to the polls.

Lucretia Regina-Potter, Republican District Leader 49AD

State Board of Elections allows these optical scanning machines to discard your votes.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers who went to the polls in 2010 were disenfranchised thanks to the rank incompetence of the state Board of Elections.

That panel — as opposed to the equally inept city operation — set the procedures for casting paper ballots that are counted by electronic scanners. One basic question was how the scanners would deal with ballots on which voters had filled in two ovals for the same race.

For example, one oval for candidate Andrew Cuomo and one oval for candidate Carl Paladino.

Such multiple voting — termed overvoting — was impossible with the old mechanical voting machines. You could not pull the lever and record your vote if you had flicked two switches in a race.

Numerous voting watchdog groups urged the state board to program scanners so they would spit back a ballot with an overvote, clearly alerting a voter of the need to make a fix.

This was simple. This was certain. This was rejected.

Instead, the board set the scanners to display a confusing message informing voters they had overvoted and — hard to believe — actually enticed people to submit the invalid ballots.

Oh, and those ballots would not count.

The Brennan Center at NYU Law School sued before the election to prevent mass disenfranchisement. The board forged ahead nonetheless. Now, the suit has begun to reveal how often voters cast invalid ballots.

Partial results have discovered 50,000 votes that were invalidated, with more to come. Even getting the data was difficult because half the local boards across the state didn’t have the information. As for the city board, those dim bulbs lost the overvote data for 56% of the election districts in Brooklyn and Queens.

Clarity in the voting booth is critical to credible elections. So, too, a full count of votes. New York’s Board of Elections is delivering neither, and it’s offering only an inadequate fix — such as modifying the confusing message on the scanners to at least say the ballot won’t count. But they’re not sure they can even put that minimal change into place by the 2012 election, now a year away.

Forget it. The scanners should be programmed to reject any ballot that has conflicting multiple votes in the same race.

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Happy Birthday Bensonhurst!

350 years ago Bensonhurst was developing as an important economic and social area of what was to become New York City. Today Bensonhurst is still going strong and remains a vital community in the city. The historical article below tells us about the dynamic figures who played a large part in creating beautiful Southern Brooklyn. Enjoy!

Lucretia Regina-Potter

Happy 350th Birthday, Bensonhurst!

by Joe Teutonico on Dec 22nd, 2011  Bensonhurst Bean

If you live in Bensonhurst – or the historically linked areas of Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Mapleton and Bay Ridge – feel free to wish your respective hood a hearty 350th b-day.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, on December 22, 1661 the town of New Utrecht – which at the time encompassed most of Southwestern Brooklyn, was granted a charter by the Dutch West India Company.

The English would take over the province of New Netherland just three years later, renaming it New York.

Prior to 1647, New Utrecht, named for the Dutch city of Utrecht, had been Nyack Indian land.

In that year, the governor of New Netherland granted a deed for the land to Anthony Jansen van Salee, a very intriguing historical figure. Van Salee, a so-called “mulatto”, was the reputed half-Moroccan, half-Dutch son of a wealthy former head of state, New York’s first Muslim and ancestor to today’s high society Vanderbilt family.

From the Eagle:

In 1652, Cornelius van Werckhoven from Utrecht, Netherlands, built a house and a mill and the first European settlers moved in — Cornelius, his two children and their tutor, Jacques Cortelyou.

When van Werckhoven died in 1655, Cortelyou took over leadership of the settlement. He acquired land later occupied by Fort Hamilton, and divided the parcel into 20 plots of 50 acres each. Residents established the New Utrecht Reformed Dutch Church in 1677. The present building, erected in 1828, still stands at 18th Avenue and 83rd Street.

By 1738, New Utrecht had a population 282, of whom 119 were West African slaves. Throughout the 18th and most of the 19th century, the area was part of the bread basket for the growing cities of Brooklyn and New York. The raising of cattle and production of grains, along with cash crops like tobacco, were the town’s main industries.

In 1880, as land was being bought up by land speculators and suburban housing developers, the number of inhabitants reached 4,742. Today, the combined populations of the neighborhoods that once made up the town of New Utrecht probably exceed 300,000.

The completion of the Sea Beach, West End and Coney Island, and Culver railroads in the 1870′s helped bring about the eventual end of Southwestern Brooklyn’s agricultural era. The same rail lines that made New Utrecht’s urbanization possible continue to serve Bensonhurst’s commuters today as part of the New York City Subway system.

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