Darlene Mealy

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The Seven Worst Elected Officials in the Tri-State Region, 2014 Edition

    This week the Voice took part in a national project with 50 other alternative press journalists that named the country's worst elected officials. The list named 53 politicians from 23 states -- including the District of Columbia -- who fit into one of five categories: hatemongers, sleazeballs, blowh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2013

    Hello Brooklyn: Eric Adams is Your New Borough President

    Brooklyn has spoken: former police officer and state senator Eric Adams will succeed Marty Markowitz as borough president. Adams has said the latter turned Brooklyn "from the ugly duckling to a beautiful swan." Election day brought fresh blood to Brooklyn: Ken Thompson beat incumbent Charles Hynes ... More >>

  • News

    August 25, 2010

    NYPD Tapes 5: The Corroboration

    Another police officer secretly tapes his precinct—this time in the Bronx

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Bed-Stuy Councilwoman Calls for Investigation and Public Protest in the Wake of the Voice's 'NYPD Tapes' Series

    ​City Councilwoman Darlene Mealy is calling for an investigation into orders given by 81st Precinct supervisors that may have led to civil rights violations, and said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly needs to do something about the issues raised in The Village Voice's "NYPD Tapes" series. (Part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    NYPD Quote of the Day: "If You're a Troublemaker, They Don't Need You"

    Chad Griffith​Graham Rayman's "The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct" chronicles hundreds of recorded hours of cops talking about their jobs between June 1, 2008, and October 31, 2009. Here's today's outtake:

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2009

    Primary Results: Vance In; Comptroller and P.A. Go to Runoffs; Council Incumbents Suffer; Rose Romps in Staten Island

    Primary Day led to expected results, for the most part. For the Democratic mayoral nomination, Thompson romped, 70 to 21 percent, over Tony Avella. (Also someone named Roland Rogers got eight percent. Clearly a name to watch!) With no comptroller candidate making the 40 percent mark, John Liu and Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    After Term-Limits Vote, Things Go Great for Mealy and Her District

    We didn't know there was such a thing as a "State of the District" speech. Maybe there wasn't before councilmember Darlene Mealy gave one to constituents in Brownsville this week. We last noticed Mealy when, after flipping to vote for Bloomberg's term-limits overthrow (she later said the vote made h ... More >>

  • Columns

    October 29, 2008

    Bloomberg's Term-Limits Coup: Heroes, Villains, and Wimps

    Brutal brawling in the first throwdown of the 2009 elections

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2008

    Council's Mealy in Car Accident

    Brooklyn council member Darlene Mealy -- a first-termer who pulled an abrupt flip-flop in voting to support Mayor Bloomberg's term limits extension bill yesterday -- suffered a broken collar bone in an auto accident this morning, a council source said. Mealy's office declined to comment. "We're not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2008

    Pol Calls Mayor "Drunk," Thompson Enlists Churches in Term Limits War

    Here's a contender for the quote of the day in the Great Term Limits War as it raged this afternoon outside City Hall: "Power is intoxicating, and he's drunk on it. It's time to get him to AA." That was Brooklyn state senator Eric Adams speaking of his Honor, the Mayor, during a press conference w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2007

    How $2 Million Could Derail Open-Source Voting Machines in NY Elections

    These dinosaurs have got to go. But will the replacement voting machines be worse? By John DeSio A Long Island technology firm might just have the solution to bring fair elections, free from corporate greed and malicious manipulation, to New York State. And they’re willing to give it away for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2007

    Don't Tell Musto He Can't Say Bitch

    A New York Times reporter used an encounter with the Voice's Michael Musto to ask the famed columnist to weigh in on the controversy surrounding the word 'bitch.' As reported in Runnin' Scared last week, the City Council is considering a symbolic ban on the b-word, just months after passing a simila ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2005

    Council Cliffhanger

    The mayoral primary wasn't the only race that went down to the wire yesterday: A mere 16 votes separate the top two finishers in the fight for City Council District 8, which covers East Harlem. Melissa Mark Viverito has 3,626 votes (25.41 percent) to Felipe Luciano's 3,610 (25.3 percent). Absentee b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2005

    Two Blows in Brooklyn Council Battle

    Good news came in twos on Thursday for City Council candidate Darlene Mealy, the transit worker who's battling William Boyland, Sr., for the Brownsville council seat that his term-limited daughter Tracy Boyland now holds. Good news, Part I: Assemblyman Nick Perry, who represents Brownsville and Ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2005

    Big Union Backs Siegel

    From 1964 to 1986, Victor Gotbaum headed the city's largest municipal union, District 37, through six elections, four mayors, and one nasty fiscal crisis. That didn't stop the union on Thursday from—for the second election in a row—endorsing someone other than Gotbaum's wife Betsy for publ ... More >>