NYS Chairman Curtis Sliwa: "Capano will empower Brooklyn voters to be a counter-weight to the entrenched party machines."
There is a new political party on the block in Brooklyn. On Saturday, the Kings County Reform Party was formally established, and Bay Ridgeite Bob Capano was unanimously elected Chairman.
The initial organizational meeting of the Kings County Reform Party was held in the dining hall at Bklyn’s Pizza, located at 1406 86th Street in Dyker Heights. Although the New York State Reform Party, under the new leadership of Chairman Curtis Sliwa, did run candidates in Brooklyn last year, these candidates were chosen by the state Executive Committee. Now, the Kings County Reform Party, under the leadership of Capano, will be charged with interviewing and selecting candidates to run on the Reform Party line throughout the borough.
Capano, a well-respected businessman, educator, and community leader stated, “I am honored to have been elected Chairman of the Brooklyn Reform Party by our members. The Reform Party has a big tent philosophy and we welcome all. Our committee will focus on running a full slate of Reform Party candidates this year, continuing to increase our voter enrollment, and holding community forums on important issues.”
Curtis Sliwa, Chairman of the NYS Reform Party who attended the meeting stated, “Bob Capano has worked in senior positions for Brooklyn’s top elected Democrats and Republicans. He has run for office and campaigned for many others. Bob knows where the political bones are buried and who buried them in Brooklyn. As less and less people participate in the political process, Bob will welcome the disenfranchised into the NYS Reform Party’s tent. He will promote our three key principles: term limits, initiative and referendum, and non-partisan elections. Chairman Capano will empower Brooklyn voters and be a strong counter-weight to the entrenched party machines.”
Capano served as Director of Community Boards under former Democratic Borough President Marty Markowitz; Brooklyn Director to former Republican Congressman Vito Fossella; and District Chief of Staff under former Republican Congressman Bob Turner. Capano has also been an adjunct Professor of Political Science with the City University of New York for over 15 years, and has a long history of civic involvement in Brooklyn.
Last year, the NYS Reform Party had a number of significant victories throughout New York State. In Syracuse, Ben Walsh was elected Mayor on the Reform Party line, without support from the Democratic or Republican Parties. The only other time a minor-party candidate became Mayor in Syracuse was in 1913. In Queens, the Reform Party provided the margin of victory for Robert Holden’s upset victory over incumbent Elizabeth Crowley.
Prior to the Kings County organizational meeting, the NYS Reform Party held their Winter State Committee meeting, with Reform Party members from throughout New York attending.