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Guide: Council District 45, Brooklyn
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The 45th Council District covers Flatbush, East Flatbush and the Flatlands.
Erlene J. King
BIO: Ran her own business, “Erlene’s Fashion,” until the mid-90s. In 2004, she founded the Community Help Center, which advocates for area tenants. Also works on HIV/AIDS outreach programs.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $19,962 Public Funds: $84,122
Dexter A. McKenzie
BIO: a Brooklyn-born physician, McKenzie has been actively involved in developing community-based HIV management programs. Is an assistant professor of medicine at SUNY Downstate, and heads the Global Alliance IPA, a network of community doctors.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $54,740 Public Funds: $73,216
BIO: A two-term Councilman, Stewart is best known, at least outside his district, for what his two aides did: they pled guilty to embezzlement of city funds, $145,000 of them, meant for nonprofits. Is the chair of the council’s immigration committee; also serves on Aging, Land Use and Health committees.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $65,775 Public Funds: $83,358
BIO: Born in Barbados, Taitt’s political life began in the 80s, as the head of the Caribbean Students Union at Brooklyn College. He is a tenured member of the CUNY-Kingsborough Community College faculty, in the Communications department. He’s also host of a local TV program, Brooklyn45.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $42,639 Public Funds: $84,122
MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS: Caribbean Life Newspaper and Former 45th District Council Candidate Roderick Daley
Jumaane D Williams
BIO: A first-generation Brooklynite, Williams received his education entirely in Brooklyn, attending both Brooklyn Tech High School and Brooklyn College. He served as the Housing Director of the Flatbush Development Corporation and the Executive Director of the NYS Tenants & Neighbors. He is also a member of Community Board 18.
MONEY RAISED: Private Funds: $65,930 Public Funds: $84,122
MAJOR ENDORSEMENTS: ACORN, CWA Local 1109, DC 37, PAC Mason Tenders, 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU, Working Families Party