Generally Speaking: Gentile ramps up campaign for DA

Term limited City Council Deputy Leader Vincent Gentile, who had hoped to land a Family Court judgeship via Mayor Bill de Blasio, which apparently didn’t work out, recently launched his bid to become Brooklyn district attorney.

As a result of having completed the unfinished term of former City Councilmember Marty Golden, who went on to become a state senator, successfully winning re-election several times, Gentile has been the longest serving city councilmember.

Gentile was recently interviewed on New York 1’s cable show, “The Road to City Hall,” hosted by Earl Louis, and held a campaign kickoff fundraiser at CEBU Bistro and Bar at 8801 Third Avenue.

And there’s already been an embarrassing bump in the road, not to City Hall but to the DA race! The Stars and Stripes Democratic Club, headed by veteran Democratic District Leader Joe Bova, had scheduled a D.A. candidates’ forum for this past Thursday evening at its clubhouse and left off the circular Gentile’s name and photo as one of the invited candidates.

Credit Gentile’s fast action and according to a reliable Democrat source, the “oversight” was quickly remedied and Gentile was now invited. However, don’t invite Gentile and Democratic Assemblymember Peter Abbate to the same cocktail party!

In addition, former way-back-then GOP City Councilmember at Large John Gangemi has tossed his chapeau into the county D.A. slugfest.


Despite the off-and-on rain, the Earth Day Electronic Recycling Event coordinated by State Senator Marty Golden — which included a shredding truck provided by the AARP, and a clothing recycling area by the Goodwill Industries — was a major success.

The event was staged in the parking lot at St. Anselm’s Church. When we stopped by, it was raining, but there were people lined up for nearly a block to have their papers shredded to discourage identity theft.


The Bay Ridge Historical Society’s new First Vice President Henry Stewart gave a interesting talk about and projected photos of the famed Crescent Athletic Country Club, its sprawling sports fields and ornate boathouse. Today, the original site of the club — which was known back in its heyday as the club for the “rich and famous” — is where Fort Hamilton High School stands on Shore Road.

Fort Hamilton High School’s drama and music department is presenting its version of the former hot Broadway musical “In the Heights” on Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are only $10. Entrance to the school auditorium is via the Narrows Avenue gate on 85th Street.

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