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Congressional primary challenges are shaping up in Brooklyn

The Politicker blog has this piece on the coming primary battle between city councilman Erik Dilan--son of state Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, and close ally of Brooklyn's powerful Democratic party leader, Assemblyman Vito Lopez--and 10-term incumbent congresswoman Nydia Velazquez:

“The time is right for change,” Mr. Dilan told The Brooklyn Paper“We’ve had an incumbent who has been there for 20 years and she’s done little with the post. She’s going to have to justify after 20 years of nothing, why she should remain in office.”

Mr. Dilan undoubtedly has been paying attention to the redistricting process, as Ms. Velázquez’s district became slightly more favorable to Mr. Dilan’s challenge in the recently released court-drawn map. Notably, her seat absorbed Hasidic Williamsburg where the largest sect is allied with Mr. Lopez.

Add this to the already percolating three-way battle for Congressman Ed Towns' seat, and it looks like Brooklyn will see a busy, if truncated, primary season.