Democratic boss Lopez reelected
by Daniel Bush
Sep 21, 2010 | 724 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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New Kings Democrats staged a rally before the Democratic County Committee meeting, where county leader Vito Lopez was overwhelmingly reelected.
Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez was overwhelmingly reelected as county leader at a contentious Democratic County Committee meeting in Brooklyn Heights, beating back a challenge from a group of reformers seeking to revamp the party.

Several of their motions to bring more transparency to the party were also rejected in a vote largely determined by proxy votes controlled by Lopez.

Nevertheless, Chris Owens, a newly-elected state committeeman and Lopez foe, said progress at the meeting was made. He said Lopez lost 68 proxy votes and “now has less than he's ever had before.”

The meeting followed a Borough Hall rally staged by the reform club New Kings Democrats that showcased the growing frustration over Lopez's stranglehold on Brooklyn politics.

“A reform movement is brewing in Brooklyn,” said Lincoln Restler, the vice president of New Kings Democrats whose election to the State Committee, which was delayed by a recount, was expected to be announced by the Board of Elections after this paper went to press. “Vito Lopez operates as a one-man democracy. This process must stop.”
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