Primary Politics

4 segments
Congressman Major Owens is stepping down from his seat this fall after 24 years representing Brooklyn. The district has been represented by a black politician since Shirley Chisholm became the first American woman in congress in 1968. Now some community leaders are angry at the prospect of a white councilmember winning the Democratic primary in this predominantly black district. Each of the candidates makes his or her case for the Democratic candidacy. Plus: How green roofs can keep the city cool and the truth about air conditioners.

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