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New Candidate In Race For Fidler’s Council Seat

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They come in threes now.

Another candidate has stepped forward with the intention of running for Councilman Lew Fidler’s City Council seat, says Politicker NY.

“If the seat opens, I will be contesting it,” Ivrol Hines, the publisher of the New York City Liberal Liberty Star, told Politcker. “I just think we need someone who actually lives in the community, cares about the community, and shares the concerns and the problems that regular citizens do. And that’s why I’m getting in there.”

At the moment, Hines would be up against Frank Seddio and Mercedes Narcisse for the Democratic nomination. They both showed interest for Fidler’s seat roughly a week before Hines did.

While Hines’ publication dubs itself as “New York’s first choice for Caribbean news,” he doesn’t mind splitting the Caribbean vote with Narcisse.

“I’m not really worried about that. I think the more people we have out there, the better it is. Let’s get all of the issues on the table,” said Hines.

His campaign is firmly standing on the education approach.

“Each year, our budget gets cut. More and more kids are coming into our classrooms,” he said. “There’s nothing a teacher can do when you have 30 plus kids, 7, 8, 9 years old, sitting in one class room.”

An exact date for the race is still unclear. Fidler is running in the March 20 special election to replace disgraced State Senator Carl Kruger. If he wins, another special election will likely be held for Fidler’s council seat. If not, Fidler is term-limited out of the council in 2013.

Correction: 1/27, 4:35 P.M. The newspaper was incorrectly titled in the post above. Mr. Hines publishes the New York Liberty Star, not the New York City Liberal Star.

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  1. “His campaign is firmly standing on the education approach.”

    That’s a cop out issue to run on. As in what some candidate will come out and speak against education? Sure who doesn’t think more education is good and less of it is bad.
    Look buddy pick a real issue to run on, be original politician.

  2. Seeing as Lew Fidler’s current 46th Councilmanic District –
    which encompasses parts of Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Georgetowne, Starrett
    City, Flatlands, Futurama, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island, Gerritsen
    Beach, Madison and Sheepshead Bay – has many Caribbean residents, I believe he
    hopes to represent, in addition to any other demographics living in the 46th,
    the Caribbean residents of Brooklyn.

  3. I’m sure when Mr Hines served in the Marines Corps, he wasn’t there to defend only Caribbean Americans. He did right by every American citizen. Yes, he’s from the Caribbean, but he’s a proud American with great family values, and I believe he will do well by us all. Come on now … it’s about time we start giving young people a chance to shine. Don’t judge the young man because of where he’s from, let’s look at where God is allowing him too take us.

  4. is main 
    issue is Jobs Not 
    education where do you guys get your news from do you guy s get paid to talk bad about this 

  5. he is looking to represent Brooklyn he as been living in brooklyn 23 years now there is nowhere to call home but Brooklyn and America god bless america.

  6. Dear Neighbor,
    My name is Ivrol Hines and I live in South Brooklyn. Let me first start off by letting you know that I am not a career politician and I do not hold, nor have I ever held, allegiance or membership to any political group or political club. I am a father, a husband, a veteran, a small business owner, and someone who truly cares about our community. Not only am I aware of the concerns and issues that affect most families in our community, but I too share in them. For years politicians have promised to bring hope and prosperity back into our community; yet unemployment, crime and foreclosures continue to skyrocket. I too am frustrated with the failed promises and policies and can no longer sit on the sidelines.

    My friends, most recently, I have decided to represent our community as an elected official and fight for you. Join me in tackling the tough challenges ahead: such as reducing classroom sizes and increase funding to our local educational institutions, creating more jobs, developing truly affordable healthcare options for working families and increase funding for senior citizen programs, small businesses, veterans and youth services. During these tough times, we need strong leadership. We need leadership that is uncompromised. As a United States Marine, I served our country with honor and distinction, at home and abroad. With your support, I will bear the torch for our community and bring about the kind of leadership that will generate the changes that we’ve long awaited. In 2012, I will make a bid for an elected office, and I’m asking for your support. Join the HINESNetwork at to learn more, volunteer or donate to the cause. The journey begins with you.

    Semper fi
    Always faithful

  7. I fail to see what having served in the Marines has t do with serving in the City Council?  Thank you for your service, but one thing has nothing to do with the other!

  8. I believe the premise of what Ivrol Hines (aka Sampson?) was hoping to get across was that, because he served his country as a Marine “with honor and distinction,” he intends to serve as a City Councilman with “honor and distinction” as well (depending upon whether or not Fidler wins the special election and is in a position to relinquish his seat). Not to mention, one presumably develops strong leadership skills while serving in the Armed Forces. Just taking a guess here.

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