Kings County Democratic Party chair Frank Seddio announced this week that he is stepping down from the post leading the party Executive Committee.
“I have enjoyed the opportunity to work for our democratic system and to help elect qualified competent members of the judiciary and numerous elected officials in various capacities across the borough and beyond,” said Seddio in a statement. “It is time to pass the torch to a new generation to lead us into even bigger and better successes in the future.”
The 73-year Seddio was expected to meet with party leaders on Wednesday to inform them of his decision. The committee will in turn meet on Martin Luther King Jr. Day next week to choose his successor.
Seddio intends to urge the committee to choose Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte as his replacement.
Seddio was first elected to the position in 2012. He steered the party though the tumultuous time of longtime assemblyman and party kingmaker Vito Lopez’s fall due to sexual harassment allegations.
But Seddio came under fire last year when it was revealed that during his tenure the party’s bank account had fallen from $505,000 in 2013 to just $32,800 last year.
During that time, the party paid more than $300,000 to George Arzt Communications for public relations work – which Seddio claimed was necessary because of the Lopez fallout – and $100,000 to Diana Carone for spearhead fundraising events.
The issue with the latter is that Carone is also the wife of Frank Carone, who serves as the party’s chief lawyer and is a former law partner of Seddio’s. Bad optics, indeed.
So that’s a large chunk of the party’s coffers spent on activities that don’t directly work toward helping Democrats get elected to office in the borough, although given the state of Brooklyn’s Republican Party, that hasn’t been much of a challenge as of late.
Assemblyman Walter Mosley, who represents Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Crown Heights, along with two progressive Democratic Clubs in the borough, were the first to call attention to the party’s financial status.
At the time, there was speculation that Mosley had his sights set on becoming the new party chair, and insiders say he was still trying to round up the votes among district leaders to do just that, which is why Seddio is pushing for Bichotte’s quick installment.
So with Seddio’s endorsement, it looks like Bichotte is the favorite to replace him. If that comes to pass, the 40-year-old Flatbush pol would be the first woman of color to lead a Democratic organization in New York City.
She is already the first Haitian-American elected to the state Assembly.
He’s feels the need...the need for speed!
He’s apparently not looking our for the best interests of the public when he’s behind the wheel.
It was revealed this week that Public Advocate Jumaane Williams was issued another speeding ticket in July when he was caught lead-footing through a school zone in Brooklyn.
That’s Williams’ whopping 28th ticket since 2013!
According to published reports, he owes over $225 on three outstanding offenses.
Williams supported expanding speed cameras in school zones, but also expressed frustration when the mayor signed into law a citywide speed limit of 25 miles per hour. At the time Williams said it was impossible to stay below that limit on some of the city’s wider and busier thoroughfares, such as Ocean Parkway.
He ought to know!
Williams also supports a bill proposed by Brooklyn councilman Brad Lander, that would boot or impound any vehicle with more than five speeding infractions associated with it in less than one year.
Of course, that means when Williams racked up 11 violations over the course of about nine months in 2015 and 2016 he would have lost his car.
At least he’s willing to hold himself accountable!