Help Get Out The Vote for pro-tenant candidates for New York City Council
Help Get Out The Vote for pro-tenant candidates for NYC Council
The Democratic Primary election is Tuesday, September 12.
Tenants PAC has endorsed candidates in 26 of the 51 races for New York City Council. Some of our candidates do not have primary opponents, or have only token opposition.
But several of them are involved in very competitive primaries, and need YOUR help. Elections are not won with targeted mailings, or with advertising – they are won by the grunt work of reaching out to individual voters, through door knocking, phone banking, street corner visibility, and similar activities, including Election Day Get Out The Vote efforts. Click on "Read More" below to see how you can help.
Please volunteer to help one or more of the following candidates endorsed by Tenants PAC. If you can give a few hours between now and next Tuesday, and if you can do some GOTV work on September 12 (the polls are open from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm) you will be helping to make sure the new City Council is still pro-tenant.
It is best to get in touch with the campaign's field director before showing up – helps them plan.
The following Tenants PAC-endorsed candidates have competitive primaries and need your help:
Diana Ayala (part Bronx)
Diana Ayala (part Manhattan)
Details follow on all these races. Here is contact information for each of the campaigns:
Lower East Side, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Murray Hill/Manhattan
Tenants PAC has endorsed CARLINA RIVERA, the best by far of some good candidates, running to replace term-limited Rosie Mendez, who supports her. Carlina grew up in a project-based Section 8 building on the Lower East Side and worked for several years as a tenant organizer. She also has working knowledge of the City Council and can hit the ground running if she is elected.
Upper East Side, Yorkville, Midtown East, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village/Manhattan
There are some very good candidates here, all pro-tenant, running to replace term-limited Daniel Garodnick. Tenants PAC has endorsed KEITH POWERS, an energetic candidate who in addition to a background of advocating for tenants, has produced creative, specific ideas to reform city government.
Upper East Side, Lenox Hill, Roosevelt Island, El Barrio in East Harlem/Manhattan
Incumbent BEN KALLOS, one of the most pro-tenant City Council Members, has a primary and needs our support. In addition to his efforts for stronger rent protections, Ben chairs the Governmental Operations Committee where he has sought to root out patronage, de-privatize government, eliminate billions in waste, expand elections, and to use technology to improve access to government.
1322 Third Avenue (enter around the corner on East 76th Street)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 6
Upper West Side, Lincoln Square, Hell's Kitchen, Central Park/Manhattan
Incumbent HELEN ROSENTHAL, who has been staunchly pro-tenant and was the first City Council member we endorsed this year, is being challenged by Mel Wymore, who is running an ugly campaign, falsely accusing Helen of being weak in opposing overdevelopment. Helen needs our help.
225 West 83rd Street, 2d floor, between Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue.
(Campaign requests that volunteers reach out before arriving.)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7
Manhattan Valley, Manhattanville, Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights/Manhattan
Incumbent MARK LEVINE has been a true friend of tenants; among other accomplishments, he recently won enactment of the Right to Counsel law that will guarantee that low-income tenants have a lawyer in eviction proceedings. His primary opponent is Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a racist, anti-Semitic homophobe running on a platform of "protecting black and Hispanic tenants from Jewish landlords," and falsely claiming that Mark has sold out tenants for landlord money. Mark needs our help.
El Barrio-East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood/Bronx-Manhattan
Tenants PAC has endorsed DIANA AYALA, former deputy Chief of Staff to City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is term-limited and supports Diana Ayala to replace her. Diana is a genuine grass roots leader who has served her community well. She is running against Robert Rodriguez, a member of the New York State Assembly who says he wants the higher City Council salary and an easier commute. Yes, Robert, the trip to Albany can be boring, but that is not a rationale for serving in the City Council.
349 East 116th Street, between Second & First Avenues (take no. 6 train to 116th Street)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 9
Central Harlem, Morningside Heights, Upper West Side, East Harlem/Manhattan
Tenants PAC has endorsed incumbent BILL PERKINS who has two formidable challengers, Cordell Cleare and Marvin Holland. Bill has been a tireless advocate for tenants and for the preservation of our threatened affordable housing, and needs our support.
2005 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, at 120th Street
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 13
Allerton, City Island, Pelham Parkway, Throggs Neck, Westchester Square, Morris Park/Bronx
This is an open seat currently held by the term-limited James Vacca. In a three-candidate race, MARJORIE VELAZQUEZ has earned Tenants PAC's support with her record of community service and her clear grasp of and commitment to tenant issues. One of her opponents is Mark Gjonaj, a member of the State Assembly who is also a landlord and who has a pro-landlord voting record in Albany; Gjonaj is one of very few Democratic Assembly members who has consistently voted against the bill to repeal Vacancy Deregulation. Marjorie Velazquez will give tenants the representation we need at City Hall.
(Take no. 6 train to Westchester Square/East Tremont Avenue; make a left and cross East Tremont Avenue, then make a left to arrive at the Liberty Tax Service.)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 14
Morris Heights, University Heights, Fordham, Kingsbridge/Bronx
Tenants PAC is supporting RANDY ABREU, who is challenging right-wing incumbent Fernando Cabrera. A fundamentalist preacher, Cabrera recently gave a sermon in which he stated that it is more difficult to be rich than to be poor. He is a major homophobe who also refuses to support women's rights, and has a ton of landlord money in his campaign coffers. Randy Abreu is a progressive community activist who will be a breath of fresh air on the City Council.
NOTE: In addition to recruiting volunteers, the Abreu campaign is looking to hire workers, especially those who have canvassing experience, for Tuesday GOTV work. If you are 18 or older, and can work from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm, get in touch with the field director. You will need to produce a social security card and photo ID.
(Take the D or the no. 4 train to Kingsbridge Road; Bx 3, 9, 28 or 32 bus.)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 18
Soundview, Castle Hill, Parkchester, Clason Point, Harding Park/Bronx
In a four-way race for this open seat (now held by term-limited Annabel Palma), one candidate stands out: ELVIN GARCIA. One of his opponents is State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., who opposes all legislation to protect queer people, and who is stridently opposed to a woman's right to determine her own health care. Elvin Garcia is a lifelong resident of the district who has an impressive record of community service, and a strong commitment to tenants' rights.
(Take no. 6 train to Parkchester and walk down the Cross-Bronx Service Road South to Cross-Bronx and Olmstead Avenue. Turn right and walk one-half block.)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 21
Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Corona, Lefrak City/Queens
This is a two-way race for an open seat, created when incumbent Julissa Ferreras-Copeland announced that she would not seek re-election. The candidates are Assembly Member Francisco Moya, who has been consistent in supporting stronger rent protection laws, and disgraced former state senator Hiram Monserrate, who was expelled from the senate after brutalizing his girlfriend and later served two years in prison for stealing public funds. Tenants PAC strongly supports FRANCISCO MOYA.
This is an open seat, created on July 20 when incumbent Ruben Wills was convicted of corruption, resulting in his automatic expulsion from the City Council. There are two superior women candidates in this race. The Tenants PAC board voted to endorse HETTIE POWELL, a shareholder at Rochdale Village and a lawyer with a long history of activism and community service.
(Take the LIRR to Locust Manor. Cross Bedell Street and enter Rochdale Village. Walk past the community center into Circle 5. Campaign office is located on the ground floor of Building 19. Enter through the side entrance by the campaign banner.)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 34
Williamsburg, Bushwick, Ridgewood/Brooklyn
Incumbent ANTONIO REYNOSO, a great friend of tenants on the City Council, has a primary challenge and needs our support.
(Take G train to Broadway – leaves you on the corner of Broadway & Union Avenue)
(OR take L train to Metropolitan Avenue/Lorimer – ten minute walk to office)
(OR take M train to Lorimer Street) (OR take J or Z train to Lorimer – non-rush hour)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 35
Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant/Brooklyn
Tenants PAC strongly supports EDE FOX, who is challenging incumbent Laurie Cumbo. Ms. Cumbo has been weak in opposing inappropriate development, and her very late opposition to the mayor's proposal to develop the Bedford Union Armory site as a mix of luxury and affordable housing has left many of her constituents suspicious of her sincerity. Ede Fox stands with the community residents who are demanding that the Armory be 100 percent affordable housing – after all, this is city-owned land, not owned by a private developer who can decide on its use.
813 Nostrand Avenue, between President & Union Streets
(Weekdays, take the no. 2 train to Nostrand, or no. 3 train to President. The 2/3 are not running on weekends, but the 4/5 lines run local; take the no. 4 train to Nostrand or no. 5 train to President. The Nostrand stop is a block & a half north of the campaign office; the President stop is just south of the campaign office, right on the corner of the block.)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 38
Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace/Brooklyn
Incumbent CARLOS MENCHACA has been a strong supporter of tenants in the City Council. He has several primary opponents, including the former incumbent Sara Gonzalez whom Carlos defeated four years ago, and Assembly Member Felix Ortiz. Carlos needs our help.
Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Midwood, Prospect Lefferts Gardens/Brooklyn
Tenants PAC enthusiastically supports BRIAN CUNNINGHAM, who is challenging lackluster incumbent Mathieu Eugene. Brian brings energy and creativity to this campaign, and a strong commitment to fighting gentrification and preserving affordable housing.
Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Bedford Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville/Brooklyn
Tenants PAC strongly supports ALICKA AMPRY-SAMUEL in a multi-candidate race to replace term-limited Darlene Mealy, probably the worst of the current members of the City Council. Alicka is a ball of fire and will be a strong tenant advocate at City Hall.
(Take the C train to Rockaway Avenue, or the 3 or 4 train to Saratoga Avenue.)
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 43
Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach/Brooklyn
In race with four strong candidates vying to replace term-limited Vincent Gentile, Tenants PAC enthusiastically supports Rev. KHADER EL-YATEEM, a Lutheran minister who emigrated to Brooklyn 22 years ago from Bethlehem, where he was born. He brings enormous energy and creativity, plus a strong progressive platform to the campaign.