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–“Reformer Brian Kavanagh has locked up the support he needs to get the Democratic nomination for a vacant state Senate seat after the Brooklyn party boss supported him in a back-room deal.” [Daily News]

–The Manhattan party boss involved in hand picking Squadron’s replacement, Keith Wright, was re-elected over the weekend. Questions have been raised about Wright’s work as a lobbyist. [New York Post]

–There’s a protest of the Brooklyn Democratic Party this morning, which chose not to hold a vote to pick Squadron’s successor. [@newkingsdems Twitter]

–Why do party bosses rather than the people pick elected officials? “For decades, New York (legislative) seats have traded hands this way in what amounts to one of the last, most powerful vestiges of Tammany Hall-style politics in the state.” [New York Times]

–A venerable Hell’s Kitchen political club goes down to defeat, while upstarts on the Lower East Side “capitalized on changing neighborhood demographics and grass-roots activism” to overtake the Truman Democratic Club, “the power base of former Assemblyman Sheldon Silver.” [New York Times]

–More construction is ahead on the Manhattan Bridge beginning next summer. [DNAinfo]

–Condos on the former site of the neighborhood’s last gas station will start at slightly over $1 million. [Curbed]

–A city rule change requires developers to use inclusionary housing density bonuses on-site. [The Real Deal]

–Jeremiah Moss/Griffin Hansbury lays out an agenda for the mayor’s inevitable second term: “If Bill de Blasio continues to be mayor, he must make good on his original promise to reverse the city’s crisis of inequality.” [Daily News]

–The Community Board 3 committee that evaluates liquor permits will meet this evening at The Public Hotel. Among the applications to be considered: a barbecue restaurant on Grand Street and a proposal from the Zabar clan for a spot across from Columbus Park in Chinatown. [CB3]

–More press for Factory Tamal. [Channel 7]

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