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Frank Seddio Likely to Replace Vito Lopez as Head of Brooklyn Dems, Despite Calls for Reform

While some are pushing for a black or female leader this time around, pols are lining up behind the Italian-American former assemblyman.

The vote to replace Vito Lopez as head of the Brooklyn Democratic Party, won't take place for weeks, but the jockeying is happening right now, with those backing a longtime insider up against those calling for someone from the Reform wing of the pary.

The longtime assemblyman announced Tuesday that he following his censure Friday for allegedly .

The borough's black district leaders met Wednesday night to discuss the possibility of backing Assemblyman Karim Camara, D-Crown Heights, against the frontrunner, retired Canarsie Assemblyman Frank Seddio. But doing so would involve either asking a current district leader to resign so Camara could take his place or amending the rules. 

Camara, a pastor, andleads othe Assembly’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus, has been in the Assembly since 2005.

Others are calling for Boerum Hill district leader Jo Ann Simon to be elected, making her the first female leader to hold the post. A civil rights lawyer, Simon has been a district leader since 2004 and was a founding member of the Atlantic Yards watchdog coalition, Brooklyn Speaks. 

But meanwhile pols are lining up behind Seddio, who received an endorsement today from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and has hired Democratic consultant George Arzt as a consultant. 

Seddio, who recently retired as the Judge of the Surrogate Court of Kings County, served as an assemblyman representing Carnarsie from 1998 to 2005. He has aldo been New York City's commissioner of traffic enforcement and was a police officer for 23 years. 

Bay Brown August 31, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I think you are missing of huge piece of Seddio's own dalliance with cronyism. From In 2007, Seddio resigned from his cushy post on the bench as surrogate judge just 131 days into his 14-year term after intense scrutiny for alleged ethics violations being investigated by the Commission on Judicial Conduct in 2007. He gave more than half of $55,090 in unspent campaign money to party pals, in apparent violation of strict rules barring judges from giving campaign money to political candidates are charities "The great majority went to charity," he said, “but I understand this is the world we live in.” http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/frontrunner-brooklyn-democratic-party-frank-seddio-plays-reform-card-years-party-article-1.1147418#ixzz258cxe63V I think it is OUR responsibility to see who those running in the 9/13 District Leader election plan to vote for. Personally, if a candidate is backing Seddio he is not getting my vote. The proximity of the Party Leader election & DL elections put US in the driving seat. The silence of this entire scandal from most electeds is appalling.
jill August 31, 2012 at 11:16 PM
You have it right it right Bay but no one is forgetting Seddio--see his endorsements. Should be interesting. The world has changed and there are not anymore benefits for someone from coming up through the ranks and paying their dues- you refer to it as croynism But, should they not be rewarded. Look at Boro Park and Kevin Parker. If anyone can explain why he is supported I am dying to know. I live there and am not Hasidic. Anyway, the new rule is Diversity. This will get rid of a lot of the old timerers- regardless of where the candidates have been, what they do now and where they are going. If you are a "Diverse" candidate regardless of your beliefs "we" want you.


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