Government and politics in Brooklyn

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Brooklyn Borough Hall

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, was the District Attorney of Kings County from 1990 to 2013. Brooklyn has 16 City Council members, the largest number of any of the five boroughs. The Brooklyn Borough Government includes a borough government president as well as a court, library, borough government board, head of borough government, deputy head of borough government and deputy borough government president.

Community districts[edit]

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.

Democratic Party[edit]

The Kings County Democratic County Committee (aka the Brooklyn Democratic Party) is the county committee of the Democratic Party in Brooklyn.

Federal representation[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[1]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 17.5% 141,044 79.5% 640,553 3.0% 24,008
2012 16.9% 124,551 82.0% 604,443 1.1% 7,988
2008 20.0% 151,872 79.4% 603,525 0.6% 4,451
2004 24.3% 167,149 74.9% 514,973 0.8% 5,762
2000 15.7% 96,609 80.6% 497,513 3.8% 23,115
1996 15.1% 81,406 80.1% 432,232 4.9% 26,195
1992 22.9% 133,344 70.7% 411,183 6.4% 37,067
1988 32.6% 178,961 66.3% 363,916 1.1% 6,142
1984 38.3% 230,064 61.3% 368,518 0.4% 2,189
1980 38.4% 200,306 55.4% 288,893 6.1% 31,893
1976 31.1% 190,728 68.3% 419,382 0.6% 3,533
1972 49.0% 373,903 50.8% 387,768 0.3% 1,949
1968 32.0% 247,936 63.1% 489,174 4.9% 37,859
1964 25.1% 229,291 74.8% 684,839 0.2% 1,373
1960 33.5% 327,497 66.2% 646,582 0.3% 3,227
1956 45.2% 460,456 54.8% 557,655 0.0% 0
1952 39.8% 446,708 58.5% 656,229 1.7% 18,765
1948 30.5% 330,494 53.5% 579,922 16.0% 173,401
1944 34.0% 393,926 65.5% 758,270 0.5% 6,168
1940 34.4% 394,534 64.8% 742,668 0.7% 8,365
1936 21.9% 212,852 75.8% 738,306 2.4% 23,143
1932 25.0% 192,536 66.9% 514,172 8.1% 62,300
1928 36.1% 245,622 59.5% 404,393 4.4% 29,822
1924 47.5% 236,877 31.9% 158,907 20.6% 102,903
1920 63.3% 292,692 25.9% 119,612 10.8% 49,944
1916 46.9% 120,752 48.8% 125,625 4.3% 11,080
1912 20.9% 51,239 44.9% 109,748 34.2% 83,676
1908 50.6% 119,789 40.9% 96,756 8.5% 20,025
1904 48.1% 113,246 47.5% 111,855 4.3% 10,216
1900 49.6% 108,977 48.3% 106,232 2.1% 4,639
1896 56.4% 109,135 39.7% 76,882 4.0% 7,659
1892 40.0% 70,505 56.8% 100,160 3.2% 5,720
1888 45.5% 70,052 53.6% 82,507 0.9% 1,430
1884 42.4% 53,516 54.8% 69,264 2.8% 3,541
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

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%.

In 2019, five Democrats represented Brooklyn in the United States House of Representatives. One congressional district lies entirely within the borough.[2]

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. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  2. ^ a b c d e f "New York Senators, Representatives, and Congressional District Maps". GovTrack.us. May 21, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "NYC Post Offices to observe Presidents’ Day Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. February 11, 2009. Retrieved on May 5, 2009.