Government and politics in Brooklyn

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Each of New York City's five counties (coterminous with each borough) has its own criminal court system and District Attorney, the chief public prosecutor who is directly elected by popular vote. Charles J. Hynes, a Democrat, has been the District Attorney of Kings County since 1989. Brooklyn has 16 City Council members, the largest number of any of the five boroughs. Brooklyn has 18 of the city's 59 community districts, each served by an unpaid Community Board with advisory powers under the city's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. Each board has a paid district manager who acts as an interlocutor with city agencies.

Federal representation[edit]

As is the case with sister boroughs Manhattan and the Bronx, Brooklyn has not voted for a Republican in a national presidential election since Calvin Coolidge in 1924. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 79.4% of the vote in Brooklyn while Republican John McCain received 20.0%. In 2012, Barack Obama increased his Democratic margin of victory in the borough, dominating Brooklyn with 82.0% of the vote to Republican Mitt Romney's 16.9%.

Presidential election results
Year Republican Democrat
2012 16.9% 124,551 82.0% 604,443
2008 20.0% 151,872 79.4% 603,525
2004 24.3% 167,149 74.9% 514,973
2000 15.7% 96,605 80.6% 497,468
1996 15.1% 81,406 80.1% 432,232
1992 22.9% 133,344 70.7% 411,183
1988 32.6% 230,064 66.3% 368,518
1984 38.3% 285,477 61.3% 328,379
1980 38.4% 200,306 55.4% 288,893
1976 31.1% 190,728 68.3% 419,382
1972 49.0% 373,903 50.8% 387,768
1968 32.0% 247,936 63.1% 489,174
1964 25.0% 229,291 74.8% 684,839
1960 33.5% 327,497 66.2% 646,582
1956 45.2% 460,456 54.7% 557,655
1952 39.8% 446,708 58.5% 656,229

Six of New York City's 13 congressional districts include parts of Brooklyn. Two of those fall entirely within the borough.

  • Robert Turner (R-NY) represents the 9th District, which includes much of central and southeastern Brooklyn, as well as portions of south-central Queens.[2]
Party affiliation of Brooklyn registered voters
(relative percentages)
Party 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
Democratic 69.7 69.2 70.0 70.1 70.6 70.3 70.7 70.8 70.8 71.0
Republican 10.1 10.1 10.1 10.1 10.2 10.5 10.9 11.1 11.3 11.5
Other 3.7 3.9 3.8 3.6 2.9 2.8 2.5 2.8 2.3 2.3
No affiliation 16.5 16.9 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.5 15.9 15.5 15.4 15.2
  • The Staten Island-based 13th district, was represented by Republican Vito Fossella until he retired from Congress in 2009. Then it elected Michael McMahon, a Democrat. However, in 2010 he was defeated by Michael Grimm, which returned the seat to the Republicans. The 13th District incorporates some of the more conservative areas of the borough, including most of Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst and all of Gravesend and Dyker Heights.

The United States Postal Service operates post offices in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Main Post Office is located at 271 Cadman Plaza East in Downtown Brooklyn.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Black seat' threatened by Yassky’s congressional run, big money support." 1 June 2006.[1]
  2. ^ Anthony Weiner neighborhoods, accessed April 15, 2007.
  3. ^ "NYC Post Offices to observe Presidents’ Day." United States Postal Service. February 11, 2009. Retrieved on May 5, 2009.