Democratic Candidates for Manhattan Borough President

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Manhattan will have a new Borough President this Fall. We continue our one-on-one interviews with candidates in 2013's major local races with the candidates in the Democratic primary:


Jessica Lappin

Comments [10]

Barbara Hoffmann

Edward from Washington Heights
I am listening to a NJ Station. I know you do not care about NJ, but do you think those of us in NJ care about NYC all that much.
WNYC promised to provide on NJ stations NJ information.

Aug. 28 2013 12:01 PM
Karla Fisk from Inwood, Manhattan

Please ask the remaining candidates their position on wealthy foreign nationals buying up all the new luxury condos.

In Manhattan, all residential real estate prices are driven up by the market for luxury condos owned by wealthy absentee owners (often foreign),who don't live here full time. They have created whole micro-neighborhoods in Manhattan that are virtual ghost towns, with no one around, no one on the street.

They are virtually cannibalizing Manhattan, and I think they should have to pay an extra premium for the privilege of having an apartment in Manhattan, in the U.S. which may be their safe back-up apartment. Extra NYC real estate taxes should definitely be charged to foreign nationals who do not live full-time in New York City.

Many of these foreign nationals only live here 1/3 of the year, to avoid paying income taxes anywhere. They should pay extra real estate taxes. And perhaps extra taxes should be charged to every person who owns an apartment in NYC (including U.S. nationals), but does not live here full time.

Aug. 28 2013 11:34 AM

@More Layers:

I actually agree, but the problem is that the Borough presidents are financially tied to the corporations just as the Mayors are. The only public official that is specifically elected for the benefit of the citizenry is the public advocate's office.

Aug. 28 2013 11:31 AM
Robert from NYC

She got that right about luxury housing in Manhattan. This mayor and his city council have changed the face of Manhattan and not for the better. BTW that goes for the Bronx too!!

Aug. 28 2013 11:26 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Barbara Hoffmann,

Nobody cares about New Jersey.

Aug. 28 2013 11:24 AM
Judith from Brooklyn

FEWER SOUNDBITES - more thoughtful answers to the questions actually asked PLEEZE!

Aug. 28 2013 11:22 AM
G.R. from Midtown East

Ask Jessica Lappin why she attacks food trucks instead of supporting them, as she should, for all midtown people!

Aug. 28 2013 11:20 AM
Barbara Hoffmann

I love the Brian Lehrer show.
However, I am a listener from 88.5 (New Jersey Public Radio) from Sussex County, NJ. Your regular coverage of all things NYC elections does not represent what was promised when WNYC took over many of the New Jersey Public Radio Stations. What you are doing for NYC is great, but frankly the NJ stations should have some alternative programming.

Aug. 28 2013 11:18 AM
More layers of BS in City Govt

We should get rid of the public advocate at the same time. Deblasio is a disgrace in this role. And current deputy is a joke and she should of been fired years ago. I watched her pick her friends on community boards, I watched how ignorant she was in the hiring practices in this office. Stringer has no idea who his staff is and has had so much turnover he doesn't deserve to run for anything else. Please retire Stringer - you are a disservice to public service.

Aug. 28 2013 11:02 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan

We DON"T NEED a borough "president" and all its attendant wasteful bureaucratic costs. HOW MANY (....) COULD WE (....) WITH THAT MONEY????


Scott Stringer's staff list 16 professionals (!!) - Directors, Deputies, Deputy Directors, Counsels .... and that doesn't include the dozens of support staff for all of these people - assistants, press aides, secretaries, community relations people, blah, blah, blah.

QUICK - who is the current Deputy Borough President???

The answer is here:

Aug. 28 2013 07:32 AM

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