The Daily News' City Council picks: Manhattan
Term limits are forcing out seven council members; in Manhattan, three 12-year incumbents must go. Fortunately, there’s some decent talent knocking on the door.
District 2 is centered on the East Village, and the choice for Democrats there should be Mary Silver. Silver, who holds both a law degree and a Ph.D. from NYU, has been active in the neighborhood, serving on the Community Education Council and the local Community Board.
She wants to focus on schools and affordable housing, and unlike many other candidates, who reach all too easily for platitudes, she actually understands the complexity of the issues. She’d be a welcome addition to a sometimes intelligence-starved Council.
"Meet the Candidates: Council District 2 Democrats" - The Brian Lehrer Show
Meet the Democratic candidates running for NYC's Council District 2 that covers the East Village, Alphabet City, Cooper Village, Rose Hill, Kips Bay, Gramercy Park and parts of the Lower East Side.
Ronnie Cho, who served as President Obama’s Millennial outreach director | Website
Jasmin Sanchez, NYCHA advocate and founder of the Ana Luisa Garcia Community Center | Website
Mary Silver, attorney, Community Board member, former PTA president and CEC member | Website
Jorge Vasquez, a public interest attorney | Website
Carlina Rivera, council member Rosie Mendez’s former legislative director | Website
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"District 2 candidates make their case to be Mendez’s successor" - The Villager
The five Democratic candidates remaining in the race for the City Council District 2 primary election held forth on a wide range of community, citywide and national issues at a debate hosted by The Villager at Theater for the New City on Mon., Aug. 21...
Silver said it was time to revitalize the vacant former school building, which she derided as a “tomb.”
“It’s insane that that building has been paralyzed for 20 years,” Silver said.
Sanchez, calling herself the “youth development candidate,” several times touted her work on behalf of young people.
On the other hand, Silver, who is the oldest candidate in the race, a couple of times stressed that programs also have to consider the needs of seniors. She received a law degree from New York University School of Law and raised three daughters in the district, all of whom attended public schools. Silver also advocated for the creation of the new River School in Murray Hill.
“I’ve been working in the district 25 years,” she said.
She said she was urged to run by the district’s principals and teachers...
via The Villager
"Council contenders talk housing and preservation" - The Villager
On Thurs., Aug. 24, at the La Mama Theater, four of the five candidates running for City Council in District 2 held forth on issues concerning housing and preservation at a forum sponsored by six local community groups.
The City Council seat, currently held by Rosie Mendez, is opening up for the first time in 12 years. Mendez will be term-limited out of office at the end of this year. Mendez sat in the audience listening to what her possible successors had to say...
via The Villager
"Lower East Side City Council Candidates Make Their Case in Debate" - Gotham Gazette
There are five candidates vying for the Democratic nomination in the race to replace term-limited Rosie Mendez as the City Council representative for District 2, which includes the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The candidates -- Carlina Rivera, Ronnie Cho, Mary Silver, Jasmin Sanchez, and Jorge Vasquez -- gathered recently at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) for a debate to be televised by the station...
Silver distinguished herself by her education background, having been a PTA president and a community board member, and stating that working in politics on the “other side of the Council” allows her to know what it’s like being a constituent who’s been ignored by her elected official.
via Gotham Gazette
"Campaign Finance Filings Show District 2 Council Race is Heating Up" - The Lo-Down
Mary Silver, a lawyer and a member of Community Board 6, reported $21,327, which brings her total funds to just below $60,000. Both Silver and Rivera have maxed out their individual contributions from New York City residents, which are matched six-to-one by the city’s public campaign finance program.
“As our recent filing proves, there has been an outpouring of support for my candidacy because East Siders want a councilwoman who’s fought alongside them for decades,” Silver said via email.
via The Lo-Down