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Just a few weeks ago, all seven candidates looking to replace Andrew Cohen on the city council visited with members of the Ben Franklin Club — virtually — in the hopes to get that endorsement. But as of Monday, only one is left seeking it — the one many felt was going to get it anyway, thanks to his strong family connections. more
The community's most influential political club decided recently that endorsing a city council candidate was far more important than giving club members a say in who should lead them. Now most of the candidates who originally sought that endorsement have their own message: Thanks, but no thanks. more
In every single instance, the right of the people to choose their leaders was paramount to anything — and everything — else. Those are ideals that remain no matter what your political beliefs are, or what party you choose to affiliate yourself with. more
It didn’t take Michael Heller long to come up with plans not only to ensure the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club could vote on new leadership in January, but endorse someone for Andrew Cohen’s soon-to-be-open city council seat as well. more
State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi has sent a check to the Ben Franklin Club she says should be more than enough to remove her name from the sign. No, she didn’t lose her primary a couple weeks ago. She’s just officially parting ways with the club. more
For years, a sign above the West 231st Street headquarters of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club has featured the name of elected officials representing the Bronx. It includes names like borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, and even at the lowest elected levels, Eric Dinowitz and Randi Martos as Democratic district leaders. more
When he moved to Riverdale in the early 1950s, Frank Montero didn’t exactly blend in with his neighbors. His parents — a baseball player and school teacher — had been one of the first black families to move into Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, where he was “regularly beaten by his white classmates,” New York Times reporter Robert Mcg. Thomas Jr., would later write. more
Michael Heller won another term as president of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, but not before welcoming what Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz later noted was the “largest turnout” in the club’s 60-year history, “and probably the largest turnout in many years of any political club.” more
It was just another meeting of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, as nearly 100 people squeezed into the club's  quaint storefront space on West 231st Street. more
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