March 25, 2020

Bklyner Article – Bay Ridge Townhall “Out of Touch”




Usually Bklyner is very complimentary towards the politicians in this area. 


But not today. 




Bklyner covered Senator Gounardes and Councilman Brannan’s Townhall.  See here

The journalist wrote that a neighbor said that the politician’s townhall was a bit out of touch. 

The neighbor was being polite. 

Gounardes and Brannan were very out-of-touch and provided general information that was already widely known the week before.  Justin Brannan didn’t used to be like this. Brannan used to be more connected and wanted people to have information.  Party politics seems to be more important to him now. 

This meeting seemed like they were just going through the motions to say, “We had a virtual townhall.”  

Senator Gounardes never seemed to get connected to the community. People voted for him because they thought he was going to be a change-agent, but he’s just a generic Democrat that doesn’t see his job to help Bay Ridge residents, but rather to be in Albany and vote with the Democrats.

Did Gounardes even hang a sign with his name on his office or does it still say Justin Brannan? (I’ll update this when I know for sure)    In 2019, I talked with Senator Gounrdes about why having a sign was important. I got the feeling that he didn’t care what I said. 


People in Bay Ridge needed information about paying their rent and other basic living costs because they were laid off. 


Throughout the year, Andrew Gounardes pretended he was going to do something to help Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Marine Park property owners. Instead, he pushed bills for the bike community and wasn’t forthcoming that the bill was for them. Now no one is going to see property tax reform because the city is going to be in bad shape.  Andrew Gounardes’ friends, Brad Lander and Bill de Blasio will keep their low property taxes in Park Slope – see here.  



Virtual Townhall




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