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City Council Races to Watch

Thursday, September 05, 2013

"Down ballot," things are pretty interesting for next Tuesday's primary elections. Ben Max, editor of DecideNYC.com, discusses some of the most interesting city council races, and take your calls to tout your race. Want to make the case for why your local race is of interest? Call 212-433-9692.

Some Of The Races Highlighted Today: District 3 (Replacing Quinn) | District 19 (Eastern Queens) | District 38 (Sunset Park/Red Hook) | District 6 (UWS) | DecideNYC's Council Race Homepage

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Comments [4]

Judith Pierce from 35th Council District

Please advise voters that the Jobs4NY Super Pac has changed the dynamics of the race in CD35. According to the Campaign Finance Board, Jobs4NY, a Super Pac funded by the real estate industry who are looking for support from the new council. This Super Pac has now contributed $150,000 to Ms. Cumbo's campaign to the detriment of all the other candidates in the race. However, voters should note that Ms. Cumbo only denounced the Super Pac after she experienced criticism for receiving their financial support. Not only has she continued to derived benefit from this super pac but she has misrepresented her background. Ms. Cumbo claims she is a small business owner which is not true. Nor does she have any experience in affordable housing or the creation of jobs. Ede Fox is the only candidate who has demonstrated experience in creating affordable housing and living wage jobs while working for Councilwoman Mark Viverito for four years. Ms. Fox was endorsed by the NY Times, Citizens Union, Street Pac and a variety of other community and public interest groups, including numerous district small businesses. Candidate Fox is not beholden to any special interest. As noted by the NYTimes, Ms. Fox will best represent the District.

Sep. 06 2013 12:51 AM
roger from NYC

IE's are awful, and harm ALL candidates' credibility, leaving voters with less information about the real issues. The only benefit is to the US Postal service who profits from the mailpieces, the printing companies who print them, and maybe some overtime pay for the people working extra hard to dispose of the paper trash. As a graphic designer, I also find them very poorly designed with limited knowledge of Photoshop. :)

Sep. 05 2013 11:02 AM
Michael from Brooklyn

Also take a look at these terrible, basically anonymous, often false attack ads paid for by big developers and right-wing financiers:
http://toxictodemocracy.tumblr.com/

Sep. 05 2013 10:48 AM
Michael from Brooklyn

As Mr. Max notes, New York City’s strong campaign finance system is under threat from a flood of corporate cash, through so-called "independent expenditures" (like the "Super PAC" spending that became legal following the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision).

The City Council can pass legislation to make every ad carry a warning label so that voters know it is not subject to the campaign finance rules that protect our democracy.

Join us in the fight to close corporate loopholes and require transparency to rein in independent expenditures.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/toxictodemocracy

Sep. 05 2013 10:47 AM

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