New lines push NYC Democrat Ari Kagan to GOP

A fresh Democratic councilman in New York City will announce Monday that he is switching his political affiliation to the Republican Party and taking on a former ally for a redrawn borough of Brooklyn — to capitalize on the GOP’s sudden momentum in the outskirts, sources to say.

The decision would give Bensonhurst councilor Ari Kagan a solid shot in a general election campaign against incumbent councilor Justin Brannan, who chairs the powerful Budget Committee, in the new 47th district anchored by Bay Ridge, the neighborhood that Brannan calls home currently represents the 43rd district.

Kagan currently represents the 47th Ward, which also includes parts of Coney Island, Gravesend and Sea Gate.

Ari Kagan.
Bensonhurst Councilman Ari Kagan is trying to capitalize on the GOP’s sudden momentum in the outer boroughs.
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Many of those neighborhoods were reorganized into a new borough where Republican Curtis Sliwa narrowly defeated Mayor Eric Adams in the 2021 election.

Kagan, who is expected to announce the move Monday afternoon, declined to comment when contacted by The Post.

Brannan narrowly won his 2021 re-election campaign amid a GOP surge fueled by anger over national inflation, criminal justice reforms approved by Albany Democrats and soaring local gas prices.

News of the move sparked a back-and-forth between Brannan – who dominates Democratic politics in the neighborhood and nearby – and Kagan on twitter.

“Just going through some old photos,” Brannan wrote, posting a photo of Kagan holding one of his campaign signs.

Kagan replied, “I also keep some old pictures and more,” posting a photo of Brannan’s confirmation of him in 2021. New lines push NYC Democrat Ari Kagan to GOP


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