There were a few noteworthy – and interesting – newspaper endorsements over the past few days. In the 33rd Council District, Evan Thies has picked up the support of the Brooklyn Paper and the Brooklyn Downtown Star. Meanwhile, the Courier-Life papers have gone for Steve Levin.

In the 34th District, Courier-Life endorsed Diana Reyna, while the Star endorsed Gerry Esposito. (As far as I can see, the Brooklyn Paper hasn’t weighed in on the 34th yet.)

A couple things of note in these endorsements. First, as Norman Oder notes (in a slightly different context), Courier-Life can’t be accused following the party line by picking Steve Levin, given that they also endorsed Diana Reyna. And second, for those (like Norman) who have been worried that News Corp’s ownership of both the Brooklyn Paper and the Courier-Life papers would mean that all would follow the Murdoch party line, at least for the moment, there seems to be editorial independence between the two.