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Maisel Faces Changing Demographics In His City Council Run

Assemblyman Alan Maisel (center) via

Earlier in the month we reported on Assemblyman Alan Maisel’s quest to fill Lew Fidler’s City Council seat. Though the geographic area he’s looking to represent nearly mirrors Fidler’s, geographic changes from when the incumbent first took office in the 46th District make it a very different place, according to analysis by Barkan Report.

When Fidler began his representation of the 46th District in 2002, it was 53 percent white and 33 percent black. With the latest round of redistricting, which saw the addition of parts of Canarsie and Flatlands, the percentages of white and black have flip-flopped with blacks representing 53 percent and whites 32.

That’s thought to give a boost to his primary opponent, Mercedes Naricisse, a Haitian-American candidate. Despite better fundraising and political connections in the Maisel camp, Barkan suggests race politics could be a greater deciding factor in the fight for the 46th.

Still, the Barkan Report says Maisel is the favorite to win – but November is a long way away.

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  1. Nice bit of age prejudice going there, she says he’s too old to drive to Albany, that’s why he’s running for City Council. What a nice dignified comment. As a senior, she’s close to losing my vote already.

  2. Maisel has done many things for the Canarsie community even before he ran for office. Shame he will not be voted for by many in the Canarsie and Flatlands section simply because he is not of caribbean descent

  3. I’m white as they come and I wouldn’t vote for him either. He’s not suited for a leadership position.

  4. Seniors shouldn’t be driving and frankly shouldn’t be in politics either. You’ve had your chance to put a mark on the world. You’ve had your say. Live through your children, students and proteges. Leave policy to the next 2 or 3 generations. Share your wisdom with the next generation but its up to us to make the laws now.

  5. So “seniors” should just shut up, disengage and resign themselves to live vicariously through their children? I don’t think so…..

  6. Not exactly. They could go learn more, they could find ways to entertain themselves, they can travel the world. They could commit themselves to passing down their knowledge and wisdom to the next generation.

    They shouldn’t be driving and they certainly shouldn’t be legislating. Advising, sure. Making the actual decisions that we have to live with after they are dead….no thanks.

    Addendum: There can certainly be exceptions to the rule. My thoughts couldn’t possibly apply to everyone. That wouldn’t be fair. But they certainly apply to your standard random sampling of senior citizen.

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