With the dust settling in Albany over redistricting, our neck of the woods is going to see a lot of new faces.
Manhattan Beach, for example, has already seen State Senator Marty Golden at recent civic meetings. The Republican politician representing Marine Park, parts of Sheepshead Bay, a huge swath of Bensonhurst and just about all of Bay Ridge has opened his office’s doors to the neighborhood, telling them he can handle constituent complaints. Of course, he doesn’t quite represent them yet – the new lines take effect in January. But with no political representation (it’s currently in Carl Kruger’s old district), he’s offering to pick up the slack.
And, of course, it also gets his name out there before elections in November, when he’ll be facing off against Democratic upstart Andrew Gounardes.
We’ve interviewed Gounardes before, when he made his case for the seat to Bensonhurst Bean readers.
Last night, Gounardes appeared before the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association to introduce himself and make his case again. In the video above, he talks about funding for public schools, Occupy Wall Street and mass transit.