Political change is in the air
Sep 20, 2012 | 14321 views | 1 1 comments | 501 501 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It's still officially too early to call as the Board of Elections continues to count absentee ballots, but as it stands now it’s possible that Lincoln Restler has lost his district leader position in North Brooklyn to Community Board 1 chairman Chris Olechowski, who leads by a slim 123-vote margin.

For the past two years, Restler has taken on the political machine in Brooklyn, taking what in the past has been a position given to party hacks – district leader - and turning it into a grassroots political movement.

Restler and groups like the New Kings Democratic Club are bringing about a sea change in the way politics is done in Kings County. They have opened up the door for competing views and a real Democratic process.

No longer will those seeking elected office feel like they have to play nice with party bosses, or go along to get along.

Just a few short years ago, you would have never seen prominent elected officials like Borough President Marty Markowitz or Assemblyman Joseph Lentol come out in favor of a candidate like Lincoln Restler, who was so despised by the head of the Kings County Democratic Party, for fear of political retribution.

But those days are over.

Hopefully, Restler is an inspiration to people all over the city who want to get involved in local politics, but feel like they don’t have the right connections or don’t want to play political games with career politicians.

With a little hard work, you can make a difference. But you have to get involved.

By the time you read this, the votes may have already been counted and it’s possible that Restler will no longer hold elected office. But whether he loses his post or not, during his short time in the public eye he has done more than many career politicians accomplish in decades.

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September 20, 2012
The difference is now only by 51 votes