Sometimes it seems like former city councilman Charles Barron lives on political island--the sole dissenter or the sole proponent on many issues. Speaker Christine Quinn, his longtime rival, praised him for "the courage of your convictions, certainly not afraid to stand alone." "Black radical revol ... More >>
Four years after then-Speaker Christine Quinn stripped then-42nd District City Councilman Charles Barron of his chairmanship of the Committee on Higher Education, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito appointed his predecessor and wife, Inez Barron, to the post. The decision makes sense. Barron worked as ... More >>
This week's feature story profiles Charles Barron, the polarizing politician from East New York. He was the 42nd District city councilman for 12 years, before getting termed-out at the end of 2013. His wife, Inez Barron, vacated her state Assembly seat after winning the election for Charles's seat, ... More >>
A nearly 25-year-old campus community center at the City College of New York was abruptly closed Sunday night, leading to a large, furious protest by students and community groups. The Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community and Student Center, which is on the third floor of a campus building, was ... More >>
Hakeem Jeffries beat Charles Barron nearly three to one yesterday in the Democratic primary for the open Eighth Congressional District seat being vacated by Ed Towns. We've been watching this race closely for a few reasons. First, we couldn't help it. Living in Fort Greene, we've gotten a good 30 d ... More >>
In a somewhat strange turn of events, the former leader (that's "Grand Wizard" to you) of the Ku Klux Klan has deemed it fitting to endorse New York's City Councilman Charles Barron in his race for a national Congressional seat. In the endorsement video (if you can manage to get through all 8.5 mi ... More >>
This is what Chris Barron of GOProud, the gay Republican group, had to say about those students at UC Davis getting pepper-sprayed. We knew that the pepper spraying moment had become a meme, but we weren't expecting this sentiment to crop up so quickly.
The 2011 Conservative Political Action Cnference (CPAC), held last week, was in some respects like the previous year's: For example, everyone loved that the place was full of young people, until the kids gave libertarian Ron Paul their straw poll vote. There were some changes, though. Perhaps hopi ... More >>
Having set the national stage for the Carl Paladino roll-out yesterday, with CNN citing the Times as their reason for interviewing him, the paper did a nosedive today on the Sienna and Marist polls that rebut the Quinnipiac numbers that were featured in a front page story the day before. Th ... More >>
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Brooklyn city councilman Charles Barron launched a long-shot campaign for City Council Speaker this afternoon and it was a one-man, one-vote affair: 48 votes for incumbent speaker Christine Quinn; one vote - Barron's own - for Barron. Still, the Nehru-suited Barron pulled no punches. He was running, ... More >>
CUNY's Fiterman Hall, damaged by the 9/11 attacks, was finally torn down this week, and a groundbreaking for a new Hall held today. Unfortunately it wasn't the solemn event people were expecting. Our favorite councilmember, Charles Barron, expressed resentment at his seating arrangements and ... More >>
Paul Lowry/flickrIt's been a busy summer at the Street Vendor Project. Both a recent spike in new-wave vendors and a New York Times article about vendor permit fraud brought increased attention to the group, which advocates on behalf of its 750 members. "We've been contacted by a lot of radio statio ... More >>
Harkavy Plans are moving apace to purposely set up a "toxic bank" full of poisonous assets to further bail out those banks that had greedily and recklessly accumulated them. Call it Shitibank. And give it the naming rights to the new baseball stadium for the New York Mets, taking the moniker awa ... More >>
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