Dan Janison has been a reporter at Newsday since 1997.
Noisy street scenes are for underdogs and long shots this early in the national election calendar. As a result, most of the human traffic outside heavily favored Hillary Clinton's Brooklyn campaign office Sunday consisted of the media on quiet vigil to see who might show up as her official announcement streamed out digitally.
But one exception was Tom D'Angora, who lingered under a sidewalk scaffold wearing his Hillary hat, Hillary jacket, Hillary T-shirt and campaign buttons. He said he hadn't been inside, but came "just for shway" as in feng shui, the Chinese philosophy of harmonizing human surroundings.
In the end, Hillary Clinton's second campaign for the White House may actually carry less of a New York essence than the first. In 2008, she was coming off re-election as the state's junior senator, established her own profile here, and won the Super Tuesday primary here en route to a hard-fought loss to Barack Obama.StoryDe Blasio: Clinton could offer bold visionSee alsoPols on Clinton's announcementStoryRomney: Clinton's 'a creature of Washington'
Much as the big 2016 battles will occur elsewhere, though, New York people and real estate retain a firm place in the infrastructure of Hillary Inc.
This includes not only her low-profile headquarters near the Brooklyn Bridge, but also the Clintons' Chappaqua house, recently highlighted as the base of her controversial private email server.
New York is forever big-donor territory for fundraising. The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation operates out of midtown Manhattan. Ex-president and aspiring first husband Bill Clinton retains an office in Harlem. Daughter Chelsea, her husband, and granddaughter Charlotte reside in Manhattan.
Populist video themes aside, the Clintons are your basic New York big shots.
The staffers, professionals and other talent serving the enterprise include longtime New York denizens from pollster Joel Benenson to former Clinton White House aide Harold M. Ickes. Dennis Cheng, who was Hillary Clinton's state finance director in 2008, followed her to the State Department and then the foundation, and is now directing fundraising for the 2016 campaign. From New York City politics, fundraiser Lisa Hernandez Gioia is among those working with him.
Most of the state's elected establishment was with Hillary Clinton in 2008 and is presumed to be again, from Democratic State Committee chairman and ex-Gov. David Paterson to much of the congressional delegation. Brooklynite Erin Stevens, who has worked as an aide to former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, is New York State political director.
When asked what role he might play in the Hillary Clinton effort, Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs said, "I'm going to do whatever I'm told to do. It's as simple as that. We're all looking forward to helping out."
Another prominent in-state Democrat who didn't wish to be identified was asked if this would in any way be a New York-centered campaign.
"No, no, no," came the response.
"Every New York politician will be trying to elbow each other out of the way to show they're players," the party activist said. "It'll be great for the restaurants, diners and bars in Brooklyn, and I'm glad for them, but that's who benefits."