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Most people are focused on the 2010 elections. But here in NYC we have a big election year with races for Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, Borough Presidents, and City Council. I have made some endorsements, some tentative some solid, along the way. But now I want to share my more or less finalized list. In many races there are other candidates running who I also like, but I am focusing on the best candidate in each race that I think has a chance. In some cases there is only one good candidate, so win or lose, I support that candidate.

Of course I look forward to any comments on any of the candidates. So join me over the break to discuss NYC politics.

CITYWIDE:

Mayor: Bill Thompson. I have met Bill Thompson at a local Democratic Club and liked him very much. The main complaint I have heard people make about him is he is "too much of a gentleman" for politics. Well, that works for me. I am sick of our dictatorial mayor who claims only he can save us from economic ruin even though he presided over the city during the economic collapse and never saw it coming, never did anything to prevent it or mitigate it. We need change in NYC and Bloomberg is not it.

Public Advocate: Norman Siegel wholeheartedly. Norman Siegel has also been endorsed by the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Democracy for NYC, Park River Independent Democrats (Upper West Side), the  Village Reform Democratic Club, the Grand Council of Guardians (an organization of African-American law enforcement officials), Room 8 blogger and Brooklyn City Council candidate Rock Hackshaw, the New York Metro Area Postal Union (APWU, AFL-CIO), Audubon Reform Democratic Club (Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights), and Brooklyn Democrats for Change (Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Fort Hamilton, Bath Beach and Gravesend). Video of an interview with Norman Siegel:

Comptroller: In this race there are two complete hacks with no finanacial experience whatsoever (Katz and Yassky) and two candidates who have solid financial experience (Weprin and Liu). Which means it comes down to only two viable candidates: David Weprin and John Liu since in an economic crisis we do NOT want inexperienced hacks running the city's money. Of the two, I prefer John Liu partly because his background was as a mathematical physicist, and I love it when science nerds enter politics, but also because Liu is more progressive than Weprin. I believe either would make a good Comptroller but I have been supporting John Liu. And for the record, currently John Liu is my 4 year old son's favorite politician, and I have found Jacob has a good sense of whose good and who isn't.

Brooklyn Borough President:  Eugene Myrick is running for Brooklyn Borough President against Angry Clown and homophobe supporter Marty Markowitz (see also here for the Angry Clown story).

CITY COUNCIL RACES:

BROOKLYN:

33rd City Council District: Jo Anne Simon. This is a chance to stop a power play by corrupt Brooklyn Party boss Vito Lopez whose aide is running against Jo Anne. Jo Anne is our current district leader and has a national reputation as an advocate for disabled rights who has argued and won some major cases (including before Judge Sotomayor). Jo Anne Simon has also been endorsed by the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, ChangeNYC, 504 Democrats, and Lambda Independent Democrats, among others.

34th City Council District: Diana Reyna. The first woman of Dominican-American descent to be elected to NYC public office. Reyna is being heavily targeted by Brooklyn Boss Vito Lopez because she hasn't gone along with his corruption. In essence, she is being punished for her independence, and I personally want to see more independence from the Brooklyn machine. This is another race where we can stop a power play by a corrupt party boss. Diana Reyna has been endorsed by Councilwoman Tish James and Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez (both of whom I greatly respect), Lambda Independend Democrats, DC 9 Painters Union, IUPAT, American Federation of Musicians, Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and Teamsters, Local 237.

35th City Council District: Letitia James wholeheartedly. An amazing woman!

36th City Council District: I told one candidate I wasn't endorsing in this race. But there are two candidates I consider worth bringing to people's attention: Saquan Jones and Mark Winston Griffith. I have friends I respect supporting each of them.

39th City Council District: Josh Skaller. My favorite candidate this year. I know Josh well. Very smart, very honest, very progressive and reform minded. And he has been running one of the best grassroots campaigns I have seen. He is ahead in fundraising while refusing to take any corporate or developer money. THAT is an amazing accomplishment already. Josh has been endorsed by Howard Dean, Assemblyman Jom Brennan, State Senator Eric Adams, New York Metro Area Postal Union (APWU, AFL-CIO), International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 237, 111 and 854, Service Employees International Union (Special Officers and Guards, Local 177), Democracy for America, the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Democracy for NYC, and Public Advocate candidate Norman Siegel. Here is video of Howard Dean endorsing Josh:

40th City Council District: Rock Hackshaw. Rock is a fellow blogger and his knowledge of Brooklyn politics is amazing. I differ with him on some issues, but I know him and his honesty and integrity are unquestioned. And honesty and integrity are something we desperately need in Brooklyn, partucularly when they are paired up with intelligence and an encyclopedic knowledge. Since Rock is running against a guy who actually lies about being a doctor and is as strange and squirrely as you can get, Rock would be a very welcome change.

45th City Council District: Two candidates I like. First Terry Hinds. I have three people giving very good recommendations for this guy. But I also think Rod Daley is good and represents a chance to get another educator on the city council.

QUEENS:

19th City Council District: Steve Behar. I have met Steve at several Democracy for NYC events. Great guy who has worked tirelessly for progressives in NYC and throughout the state. He has been endorsed by Councilman Tony Avella (whose seat he is running for), Queens County Progressive Democratic Club, Democrats for New Politics, Democracy for New York City, Democracy for America, and Public Advocate candidate Norman Siegel.

24th City Council District: Jim Gennaro. Excellent environmental advocate pushing for more biodiesel in NYC to reduce pollution, and a strong advocate for preserving the safety of our drinking water.

25th City Council District: Daniel Dromm. One of my favorite candidates this year. A teacher and gay rights advocate with excellent credentials. Daniel Dromm has been endorsed by Stonewall Democrats, the United Federation of Teachers, 504 Democrats, and ChangeNYC, among others.

26th City Council District: I like Brent O'Leary. An active Dean Democrat! While spending time in Japan he helped organize Democrats Abroad Japan and in 2004 was elected to the Democratic National Committee. Strong advocate of Dean's 50 state strategy. This is the kind of guy I want to see more of in politics! Brent O'Leary has also been endorsed by Change NYC.

29th City Council District: I like Mel Gagarin. I like his experience with the National Foundation for Women Legislators and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Seems like a very interesting candidate worth supporting. Mel Gagarin has also been endorsd by Change NYC.

31st City Council District: Marquez Claxton. Another one of my favorites. Very much in the Eric Adams mold, he combines police force experience with as strong civil rights focus. I have been following his run and like much of what he says. He has been endorsed by State Senator Eric Adams and Change NYC.

BRONX:

12th City Council District: Jerome Rice. Former National Guardsman and corrections officer who is also a strong voice for Civil Rights. I like these people who bridge law enforcement and civil rights. It is a refreshing trend! Jerome has also been endorsed by State Senator Eric Adams and Change NYC.

MANHATTAN:

1st City Council District: Margaret Chin is my choice for this seat.

3rd City Council District: I am supporting civil rights activist Yetta Kurland. Yetta has been endorsed by Downtown Independent Democrats, ChangeNYC, 504 Democrats, and the New York Blade, among others.

Originally posted to mole333 on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 05:01 PM PDT.

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  •  I think you might (2+ / 0-)
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    proudprogressiveCA, Elana Levin

    want to give a little bit more detail on some of these folks, Mole. I kind of doubt that people outside of New York City and, frankly, many even of us, have ever heard any of these names.

    Take Yetta Kurland. I haven't met her, yet, but Josh Silverstein speaks well of her. She's a real Progressive, a housing advocate, a lesbian, and very outspoken.

    People who speak in metaphors should shampoo my crotch. - Jack Nicholson

    by MBNYC on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 05:15:20 PM PDT

  •  No, no, no Mark Green. (0+ / 0-)

    The guy couldn't even run a radio station.  He fired Randi Rhodes, for god's sake, and replaced her with a whole bunch of white guys.  

    Truth creates money. Lies destroy it. - Suze Orman

    by smartcookienyc on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 05:53:18 PM PDT

  •  Why does Bloomberg even want the job? (1+ / 0-)
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    mole333

    A guy with all that money and name.  He could be traveling the world, saving it from malaria and whatnot, just like Clinton and Bill Gates.

    Why does he want to manage garbage pick-up and deal with teachers unions?  Can't be as much fun.

    Something ain't right here.  Doesn't make sense; doesn't add up.

    Truth creates money. Lies destroy it. - Suze Orman

    by smartcookienyc on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 05:55:40 PM PDT

    •  Well (0+ / 0-)

      While the economy collapsed and most people lost money, Bloomberg made tons of money. Something fishy there as well.

      •  There's an article in the NYTimes saying (0+ / 0-)

        he lost money.  Not like he's hurting, but they say he lost money.

      •  Feh. (0+ / 0-)

        How do you know he's made "tons of money".  His net worth is only estimated (because it's largely tied up in stock of his privately traded company).  I've seen estimates from $5.3 to $20 billion, and I've seen them in reverse order (that is, someone says $20 billion in 2006, someone else says $11 billion in 2008).

        I'm willing to bet you have no actual knowledge of his making money "while the economy collapsed".

        Your claims in the diary about what Bloomberg has said are likewise incorrect.

        Thompson is a great guy (a big Star Trek fan, which is always a plus in my eyes).  You do him no favors by basing any case in his favor on false innuendo.

        Good snark is hard to come by.

        by LarryInNYC on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 06:36:16 PM PDT

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        •  Well (0+ / 0-)

          Bloomberg's increasing wealth during the economic collapse was discussed on NPR (Brian Lehrer show I think) last month. That is where I heard it. The numbers quoted then were not challenged by either host or callers.

          And he did bill himself as the economic savior. It was his main reason cited for the term limits coup.

          •  Uh. . . (0+ / 0-)

            The numbers quoted then were not challenged by either host or callers.

            Not a shocker, frankly.  I like Brian Lehrer plenty and am a big supporter of WYNC but the station's initials might as well be WMBS (Mike Bloomberg Sucks).

            And he did bill himself as the economic savior. It was his main reason cited for the term limits coup.

            Well, he has billed himself as the person best able to handle the City's finances.  You claim that he's presented himself as the person best able to manage Wall Street.  To the best of my knowledge he's never suggested any such thing.  Nor does he bear any responsibility for the economic melt down in the national economy, as you suggest.  The mayor of New York has no statutory or moral authority over Wall Street.

            His record on financial stewardship of the City is quite decent.   It includes substantially shoring up the city's fundamental economics, drastically increasing pay to teachers, and using surplus money to make advance payment in public pension plans.  To the best of my knowledge no mayor in my lifetime has been anywhere near as good at managing city finances, and we're enjoying the fruits of that management now as we've been slower to see service cuts than most other metropolitan areas around the country.

            Good snark is hard to come by.

            by LarryInNYC on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 06:52:43 PM PDT

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            •  Not quite (0+ / 0-)

              Figured you'd show up ; -)

              As to NPR, I actually find it too pro-corporate for my tastes (entire shows dedicated to why we have to bail out the banks and such). So I would have thought they liked Bloomberg. But perhaps not. Still, I have not heard them let outright inacuracies get past them.

              And I didn't exactly mean he claims he could regulate Wall Street. Merely that he has billed himself as the only one who could save the city during an economic collapse he didn't even see coming and hasn't really done anything to mitigate so far. To me it makes as much sense as claiming Bush should have stayed on an extra term because of the economy. Both were in charge of their respective jurisdictions when the economy soured. Why would this somehow make either of them better qualified than someone else at dealing with the poor economic conditions. Yes, Bloomberg was better by far than Bush (damning with faint praise). But I don't have as positive a view of what Bloomberg has accomplished as you do. Spitzer DID warn us pretty much what was coming in some pretty prescient terms. Too bad his dick got in the way of his getting the message out. I don't remember Bloomberg saying that bad times were ahead or diagnosing why. Spitzer as Governor was no more in charge of Wall Street than Bloomberg. Yet he did see the collapse coming and warned us about it.

              •  But. . . (0+ / 0-)

                Merely that he has billed himself as the only one who could save the city during an economic collapse he didn't even see coming and hasn't really done anything to mitigate so far.

                First, a quibble.  He's said he's the best person running to see the city through the economic crisis.  Presumably the other candidates say the same about themselves, right?  Not sure why one would expect otherwise in a political race.

                Not a quibble — as I pointed out, the sound financial stewardship in the last eight years has gone a long way to mitigating the effects of the recession on the city. If you don't believe me, vacation in California.  Considering that in many ways we're ground zero in this meltdown, the city itself is in reasonable shape.

                Now, is that because Bloomberg forecast the collapse?  There's no evidence that's so (no evidence, of course, that he didn't forecast it either).  Because these policies started immediately on his assuming office, when I don't think anyone much had an idea of what was coming (2002, we were still on the post-911 meltdown) I think it's just sound financial practice.

                But for whatever reason, I think it's inarguably true that the city is in much, much better shape than it would have been under any other mayor in my adult lifetime.

                Your comparison with Spitzer is a bit far-fetched because 1) he was Attorney General for eight years, focusing largely on Wall Street and 2) you're wrong, the state does have a roll in regulating financial companies (indeed, I think AIG shopped around and chose to get regulated largely by the state).

                Good snark is hard to come by.

                by LarryInNYC on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 07:14:50 PM PDT

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                •  Vacation in California (0+ / 0-)

                  Actually I just got back from California this week. Things are still running there. Yes, I know they are in trouble. But it isn't really visibly worse than here. Well, at least not worse than here while our State Senate was in its melt down (something not even I blame Bloomberg for).

                  The comparison with Spitzer was mainly designed to show that the crisis was forseeable. Sure, Spitzer spent years focusing on Wall Street as AG. Of course Bloomberg focused on Wall Street as an investor for even longer.

                  And again, I don't see his financial management of the city in as positive a light as you do. His policies did not help many people and we are still seeing our cops and firefighters being forced out of the city because they can't afford to live here, to give one example. I do not like what he has done to the schools. Sure it was bad before as well. But I am not happy with how it is now either and he has used some dishonest tactics to boost test scores. Closing firehouses but pouring money into mega-development like Atlantic Yards also doesn't go down well for me. I know we disagree on a lot of these isses, and it in those very issues that our assessments diverge.

                  •  You are aware. . . (0+ / 0-)

                    that they are paying people with little pieces of paper saying "Eye Owe Ewe" on them — pieces of paper that banks are no longer accepting?  And that workers are being furloughed without pay?  There is no possible comparison between the NYC and California.  Or, for that matter, between the city and the state of New York.

                    You do know that Bloomberg made his money in IT, not investing?  I assume that he has whatever cash he's taken out of his company invested somehow, but I very much doubt he's directly involved in making investment decisions.  Bloomberg's involvement with Wall Street (except for very, very early in his career) was as a supplier of IT services and news, not as a financial person.

                    His policies did not help many people and we are still seeing our cops and firefighters being forced out of the city because they can't afford to live here, to give one example.

                    Cops and firefighters aren't being "forced out" of the city, very few of them live in the city to begin with.  Who's being forced out is teachers.  There is a natural tension between having a successful and desirable city, and maintaining affordable rents for professionals.  What's the solution?  Does Thompson have one?

                    I do not like what he has done to the schools. Sure it was bad before as well. But I am not happy with how it is now either and he has used some dishonest tactics to boost test scores.

                    I have two children in the public schools in Harlem.  He's been a mixed bag on schools, but at least someone is trying to do something.  I have problem with some of his initiatives, but I don't doubt his (and even more, Klein's) sincerity, as you do.  As far as test scores go, they're up across the State.  How Bloomberg managed that is beyond me.

                    On firehouses, it's a shame that some were closed.  I'll put good money down right now that under the next Democratic mayor, whenever that occurs, more fire houses will close per term than under Bloomberg.

                    Good snark is hard to come by.

                    by LarryInNYC on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 07:36:49 PM PDT

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              •  PS. (0+ / 0-)

                You better hope I show up.  Measured purely on volume, I've contributed half of the commentary!

                Good snark is hard to come by.

                by LarryInNYC on Sat Jul 11, 2009 at 07:21:53 PM PDT

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  •  Glad to know Thompson is a good person (0+ / 0-)

    I wasn't going to vote for Mike (rules are for other people) Bloomberg in any case, but good to know there's a good alternative.

    Maybe I will volunteer.

  •  great public service you are doing (1+ / 0-)
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    mole333

    I just want to thank mole333 for coming on to share his picks with the Dkos community. Folks need to pay more attention to local politics and the Dem primaries are pretty much the only election that matters (aside from the Gov and NYC Mayor in which the general election matters too).

    So folks, start paying attention. This stuff impacts affordable housing, zoning (and everything in NYC is about zoning laws, let me tell you!), transportation, civil rights, public safety, community preservation---- all the big stuff.

    So even if you don't agree with all his picks please share this with your friends to get them started talking too.

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