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Brooklyn DA candidates prefer L&B Pizza; four of six admit to having smoked weed

Lightning round during DA debate lightens mood

September 6, 2017 By Rob Abruzzese, Legal Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
With less than a week until election day, the race for Brooklyn district attorney took on a more heated tone during Tuesday night's NY1 debate that was held at BRIC. Pictured from left to right: moderators Errol Louis, Jeanine Ramirez and Juan Manuel Benitez with candidates Anne Swern, Ama Dwimoh, Vincent Gentile, Eric Gonzalez, Marc Fliedner and Patricia Gatling. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese

For a group of six candidates who all lean progressive, there certainly were a lot of tense situations during Tuesday night’s debate between the group of candidates for district attorney in Brooklyn. However, half of candidates agreed that L&B Spumoni Gardens has the best in the borough.

It was a tense debate and midway through NY1’s Errol Louis, who moderated the event with Jeanine Ramirez and Juan Manuel Benitez, tried to ease the tensions with a “lightning round” that featured less serious questions.

Candidates were asked things like, do they use mass transit? All of the candidates — Acting DA Eric Gonzalez, Ama Dwimoh, Anne Swern, Councilmember Vincent Gentile, Marc Fliedner and Patricia Gatling — said that they at least occasionally use the subway.

However, not all of the simple questions were without controversy because, of course, Brooklynites take their pizza very seriously.

Gatling said that she stopped eating pizza, but her favorite spot used to be on Court Street. Fliedner said he prefers the cheap 99-cent pizza, Swern said she prefers Juliana’s in DUMBO. The remaining candidates — Gonzalez, Dwimoh and Gentile — all picked L&B as their favorite spot, although Dwimoh and Gentile offered up alternatives since Gonzalez picked L&B first (Patsy’s Pizza and Totonno’s in Coney Island, respectively).

Louis also asked the candidates if they had ever done drugs. Swern, Dwimoh, Fliedner and Gentile all admitted to smoking pot at some point in their lives. Gonzalez and Gatling swore that they never used an illicit substance.

None of the candidates would admit to ever riding a Citi Bike.

 

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