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Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

Retaining a Gay Council Voice for Brooklyn

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Facing two major reelection challengers in the September 12 Democratic primary, City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca explains that the spirited contest is a telling sign about “the nature of politics,” both in Brooklyn and in the Sunset Park neighborhood at the center of his district. “The reform movement is not only alive […]

From Three Boroughs, New Gay Councilmen

From Three Boroughs, New Gay Councilmen

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Even as the September 10 Democratic primary spelled defeat for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, New York’s leading LGBT elected official, the results catapulted three gay men into roles as rising political stars. In the race to succeed Quinn in Council District 3, which encompasses Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, and the West […]

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

Carlos Menchaca: Energetic in Demanding Government Show Up

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | On Saturday, July 20, as most of New York crumpled under the seventh day of the worst heat wave in memory, Carlos Menchaca and Antonio Reynoso, first-time City Council candidates from different Brooklyn districts, pedaled 15 miles on bicycle from East Williamsburg to Sunset Park, greeting voters and drawing attention to where […]