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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 East Flatbush, has endorsed Mealy—a move that Mealy’s campaign thinks will be a big boost for her in the West Indian community.

The second bit of help comes from the Campaign Finance Board, which raised the spending cap in the race and increased the ratio of matching funds from the normal four-to-one to five-to-one, partly because Boyland (who is not participating in the CFB system) looks set to spend at least $75,000 in the race.

The Mealy campaign is one of the Working Families Party‘s top priorities this year, along with Melissa Mark-Viverito in Harlem and Manhattan Beep candidate Scott Stringer. The Mealy-Boyland match-up is also one of those down-ballot races that may defy the overall impression that turnout is going to be low on September 13 because of the low-key mayoral campaign.


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