From this morning’s Heard Around Town:
* District Leader Lincoln Restler only won his race by 121 votes two years ago. At a fundraiser in Williamsburg on Tuesday, he predicted an even closer margin while chastising his opponent Community Board 1 Chairman Chris Olechowski’s political ally, Assemblyman Vito Lopez. “Our current party boss is worse than his predecessors,” Restler said. “They’re not running a candidate against me because we haven’t been effective or aren’t working hard. They’re running a candidate against me because they want another yes man, and we won’t have it!” Olechowski can count on about 6,200 votes from one of the largest Hasidic sects in Williamsburg, and he’ll be helped by a newly drawn district that eliminated some of Restler’s base in Fort Greene. But Restler was confident he could eke out a victory in 23 days. “Lopez keeps telling everyone that this race is all over,” Restler said. “We proved them wrong once and we will prove them wrong again.”
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