BerlinRosen is a fast growing PR firm that has become a campaign issue in the local Assembly race to succeed Joan Millman. Candidate Doug Biviano is working hard to connect all the dots between this firms clients. We ourselves were surprised as we were covering the recent Red Hook Library story when we were directed to call BerlinRosen to get a comment about the Spaceworks program to divide the library. We expected that PR for the Brooklyn Library system would be handled in-house. 

Bill embracing his local political friends from the City Council, Steve Levin and Brad Lander
Bill embracing his local political friends from the City Council, Steve Levin and Brad Lander


We knew that BerlinRosen was involved in the mayors recent campaign, but in fact we are surprised at the vast reach their client base has. Biviano is attempting to say that these cross connections can be the source of a corrupt and anti-democratic power dealing situation – we are not sure about that. However, we do think that an agency that elects candidates should be barred from dealing with elected candidates or government agencies.

A Bloomberg news article recently spoke of Berlin Rosen’s influence:

“The company provides help with public relations, strategic advice, political consulting and advertising. “We specialize in bringing field and media strategy together to help our clients engage, organize and mobilize key constituencies,” according to its website.

Clients include New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver of Manhattan, the top Democratic lawmaker in Albany since 1994; 16 current and aspiring New York City Council members, Greenpeace,Cornell University and several unions. Rosen, 35, and Berlin, 46, said they began giving campaign advice to de Blasio as early as 2010.”

Of interest to our readers is the fact that Berlin Rosen represents real estate developers Two Trees and the Ratner Organization – two huge players in our area.

In addition, here is the list of their political clients:

  • NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
  • NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio
  • NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer
  • Newark Mayor-Elect Ras Baraka (NJ)
  • U.S. Rep Gary Ackerman
  • U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez
  • State Senator Adriano Espaillat (NY)
  • State Senator Brad Hoylman (NY)
  • State Senator Liz Krueger (NY)
  • State Senator Gustavo Rivera (NY)
  • State Senator Carlo Leone (CT)
  • State Senator Andrew Maynard (CT)
  • State Senator Anthony Musto (CT)
  • State Senator Cathy Osten (CT)
  • Assemblymember Tom Abinanti (NY)
  • Assemblymember Jeffrion Aubry (NY)
  • Assemblymember Joseph Lentol (NY)
  • Assemblymember Sean Ryan (NY)
  • Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal (NY)
  • Albany County DA David Soares
  • NYC Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley
  • NYC Councilmember Julissa Ferreras
  • NYC Councilmember Dan Garodnick
  • NYC Councilmember Corey Johnson
  • NYC Councilmember Ben Kallos
  • NYC Councilmember Rory Lancman
  • NYC Councilmember Mark Levine
  • NYC Councilmember Brad Lander
  • NYC Councilmember Stephen Levin
  • NYC Councilmember Donovan Richards
  • NYC Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez
  • NYC Councilmember Debi Rose
  • NYC Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer
  • NYC Councilmember Melissa Mark Viverito
  • NYC Councilmember Jumaane Williams
  • Chicago Alderman Toni Foulkes
  • Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse (MA)
  • Texas Democratic Party
  • Long Beach City Council Democratic Team (NY)
  • Communications Workers of America
  • LA County Federation of Labor
  • San Diego Labor Council
  • Missouri AFL-CIO
  • Maryland League of Conservation Voters
  • New York Hotel & Motel Trades Council
  • New York State United Teachers
  • SEIU
  • United Federation of Teachers
  • Working Families Party


  1. Berlin Rosen has taken away from us the power of governing decisions in our neighborhoods. They control government agencies like the Brooklyn Public Library and our local elections.

    They also lied to us about LICH’s proposed ER emergency care protection in the Gary Reilly Dark Money Letter done by BerlinRosen with deBlasio’s PAC One NY and coordinated with Peter Sikora’s campaign (ILLEGAL TO COORDINATE). When asked repeatedly in debates to apologize for his consultant BerlinRosen lying to voters, Sikora praised both them and deBlasio.


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  3. Berlin Rosen sent Dark Money LICH Letter, illegally coordinated Sikora Campaign with de Blasio One NY PAC in lying to voters about emergency care protection after de Blasio Sold-out LICH community to Cuomo for WFP Ballot:


  4. Red Hook Star, do you want to take back your statement, “…these cross connections can be the source of a corrupt and anti-democratic power dealing situation – we are not sure about that.”

    In your article, “Pete Sikora receives NYSNA endorsement” you fail to mention that Berlin Rosen represents NYSNA:

    “NYSNA and their public affairs team BerlinRosen…”