Candidates for the 2017 Primary Elections

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Candidates for the 2017 Primary Elections

The names of the candidates are taken from the Board of Elections website list of candidates for the Primary Election and from information from the New York City Campaign Finance Board's website. We have asked the candidates for their 100-word biographies, which are posted here, when they are received. Each candidate's name is linked to their website. In addition, a link to their information on the NYCCFB's website is provided.

The Primary Election is September 12.

Mayor - Citywide

Sal F. Albanese, Democrat/Reform Party. Link to NYCCFB information.
Richard S. Bashner, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.
Bill de Blasio, Democrat, incumbent. Link to NYCCFB information.
Robert Gangi, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.
Michael Tolkin, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.


Public Advocate - Citywide

David Eisenbach, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.
Letitia James, Democrat, incumbent. Link to NYCCFB information.


City Council District 2

Ronnie Sung Cho, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.

Erin Hussein, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.

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. Link to NYCCFB information.

Jasmin Sanchez, Democrat. A recognized community leader for the 24 years, Jasmin is known for her strategic vision, compassion and commitment to community. She was featured on NY1 as their “New Yorker of the Week,” and the “LoDown” in their “My LES” Series. . She is a hands-on advocate for issues facing the East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill and Rose Hill. Jasmin has volunteered with coalitions focused on homelessness, healthcare access, and management of nightlife, and is the founder of a nonprofit association focused on education, green spaces preservation, economic development and service learning. Link to NYCCFB information.

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. Link to NYCCFB information.

Jorge Vasquez, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.


City Council District 4

Vanessa Aronson, Democrat. Vanessa Aronson has a track record of putting public service over politics. A former public school teacher, Vanessa inspired girls to pursue STEM careers, and as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, she served in Indonesia, Vietnam and at the U.N. Vanessa holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard. She wrote a policy memo for District 4, “18 Solutions for 2018,” available at: She will work to make NYC more affordable, hold the MTA accountable, and ensure bicyclists safely share our streets. Vanessa Aronson will stand up for New York and the East Side. Link to NYCCFB information.

Maria Castro, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.

Rebecca Harary, Republican. No Republican primary for this office.

Alec Hartman, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.

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. Link to NYCCFB information.

Jeffrey S. Mailman, Democrat. Born and raised in NYC, Jeff received a quality public school education. A graduate, with honors, from S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, he went on to obtained his law degree from Cardozo Law School where he served as a Notes Editor for the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Jeff began his public service career as an Assistant Attorney General for New York. For the past six years he has worked as Counsel & Legislative Director to Council Member Elizabeth Crowley where he helped draft legislation on various topics including women’s health, physical education in public schools and animal welfare. Link to NYCCFB information.

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. Link to NYCCFB information.

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. Link to NYCCFB information.

Barry Shapiro, Democrat. Link to NYCCFB information.

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. Link to NYCCFB information. 


Key 2017 New York City Council Primaries by District,, by Sarina Trangle, Grace Segers and Jeff Coltin, August 1, 2017.

Candidates for 2017 City Elections,, May 1, 2017, by Ben Max

Board of Elections list of candidates for the Primary Election (Murray Hill candidates)

New York City Campaign Finance Board's website - Meet the Candidates

Photo: Flags at the entrance to the Park Avenue Viaduct at 41st Street and Park Avenue by Nancy Idaka Sheran



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