Candidates for the 2017 Elections
Saturday, August 12, 2017
The names of the candidates are taken from the Board of Elections website list of candidates for the Primary Election. We have asked the candidates for their 100-word biographies, which are posted here, when they are received.
The Primary Election is September 12.
Mayor - Citywide
Public Advocate - Citywide
City Council District 2
Erin Hussein, Democrat
Carlina Rivera, Democrat. Carlina Rivera is a lifelong resident of Manhattan's East Side, born and raised in District 2, which she hopes to represent. She spent the last decade bringing resources to Lower Manhattan, working alongside her neighbors on issues including housing, education, historic preservation, small business survival, disaster preparedness and criminal justice. As a Legislative Director inside the City Council, Carlina helped craft legislation to address homelessness, healthcare, animal rights, the over-saturation of construction and inefficiencies within city agencies. With experience in legislation, administration, policy, services and budgets directly affecting our neighborhoods, she has the experience to be effective from day one.
Jasmin Sanchez, Democrat
Mary Silver, Democrat. For over 20 years, Mary Silver has worked as an education advocate, community activist and attorney. She is not a political insider. She has served as PTA President, Community Education Council member and Community Board 6 member. Working with parents, neighbors and community leaders, she helped reduce school overcrowding by identifying the site for PS 281. She will continue to champion after-school programs, new schools, affordable housing and quality of life. The City is too quick to green-light disruptive construction projects. Mary will advocate for a more balanced approach to development to protect the integrity of our neighborhoods.
Ronnie Sung Cho, Democrat
Jorge Vasquez, Democrat
City Council District 4
Vanessa Aronson, Democrat
Maria Castro, Democrat
Rebecca Harary, Republican
Alec Hartman, Democrat
Rachel Honig, Democrat. Rachel Honig is running on a platform of pragmatism and transparency in City Hall. With far too many empty storefronts in Murray Hill and throughout her district, returning and preserving our small businesses is a key priority. She is equally passionate about slowing the Mayor’s overdevelopment of our neighborhoods and preserving their contextual charm. Irate about the high levels of lead in the water in our public schools, and 60,000 homeless on our streets, Rachel vows to be a staunch advocate for her neighbors to end the “pay to play” norm that has pervaded our local government.
Jeffrey S. Mailman, Democrat
Keith Powers, Democrat. Keith Powers, a third-generation New Yorker and son of a nurse and a small business owner, was raised in a rent-stabilized apartment in Peter Cooper Village. Keith wants to build a better, brighter future for our city. He hopes to bring new ideas to the City Council like innovative mixed-income housing programs, new strategies to protect small businesses, diversifying public schools, and supporting eco-friendly transportation. Keith Powers has worked for State Senator Liz Krueger, Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr., and Assembly Member Jonathan Bing. He is a member of Manhattan Community Board 6 and the Democratic District Leader for Murray Hill.
Bessie Schachter, Democrat. Bessie Schachter - wife, mother, community leader - lives on the Upper East Side. A resident in District 4 for over a decade, Bessie has worked to provide the people of the community with the support they need through her work at Senator Liz Krueger’s office, and as a Democratic State Committee Member. Bessie’s goal is to build a sustainable, affordable community through an audit of our housing programs, to help our small businesses through tax relief, to improve our schools, senior centers and transportation infrastructure, and to keep this a neighborhood that is livable into the future.
Barry Shapiro, Democrat
Marti Speranza, Democrat. Marti’s platform is based on building A Livable City: creating more affordable housing, defending tenants from unfair rent hikes, protecting small businesses through rent tax reductions, and fulfilling the need for public school seats and after-school programs. She was formerly Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Department of Consumer Affairs and Director of Women Entrepreneurs NYC, a city initiative empowering female business-owners. She is on Community Board 5, President of Gramercy-Stuyvesant Independent Democrats, and former Democratic State Committeewoman. Marti also served on the Habitat for Humanity NYC Board of Directors and NYC Health + Hospitals Bellevue Community Advisory Board.
Key 2017 New York City Council Primaries by District, cityandstateny.com, by Sarina Trangle, Grace Segers and Jeff Coltin, August 1, 2017.
Candidates for 2017 City Elections, gothamgazette.com, May 1, 2017, by Ben Max
Photo: Flags at the entrance to the Park Avenue Viaduct at 41st Street and Park Avenue.