On September 10, Ditmas Parkers and others across NYC will have the chance to vote for the Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough President, and City Council hopeful that’s right for them. Here’s some handy info about candidates and voting to prep you for the big day.
Speakers at Temple Isaac’s Democratic Mayoral Candidates Forum back in April included Bill Thompson, Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, Christine Quinn, and John C. Liu. Democratic candidates Anthony Weiner and Erick Salgado were not present.
You can see a full list of candidates, their issues, endorsements, and more at Decide NYC–and be sure to watch the final debate between Weiner, Quinn, Thompson, de Blasio, and Liu on NBC 4 New York tonight at 7pm, to be followed by the final Republican debate this Sunday, September 8 at 11:30am.
Senator Eric Adams is running unopposed, but you might as well get to know the Prospect Heights resident and former NYPD Captain anyway.
Check out some key points about all candidates at NYU Local, plus interviews with former governor Eliot Spitzer and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer at WNYC. Again, Decide NYC has a point-by-point roundup too.
The local race for District 40 includes candidates Mathieu Eugene (incumbent), John Grant, Sylvia Kinard, and Saundra Thomas. See what they had to see at the Flatbush Tenant Coalition’s City Council Candidate Forum, and read below for links to, and a choice quote from, each of their interviews with us.
“The people who are working, they’re providing for their families and their children because they’re healthy, right? But if they become sick and they don’t have the right medical care… They won’t be able to work to provide for their families. We, government, we will be obliged to take care of their families… So that means we are going to pay more money after.”
“I see there are a lot of problems there, no role model figures for the kids, and my thing is I would like to do something on a City Council level as far as trying to create some type of a different way of rehabilitating the kids instead of this popping in and out of correction facilities. That just makes them career criminals. You go to jail, you come back out, and no one wants to hire you. The cycle repeats itself. I think that cycle has to end.”
“In terms of gentrification, communities are always in transition, but what you want to say is that you’re not developing policies that force people to move. When you talk about gentrification in the negative sense, it’s about, ‘We’ve got policies that are favoring one group or another.’”
“Education, in my opinion, is the most important issue in America in the 21st century. If a large percentage of the population is not getting equal access to quality education, we’re going to have a problem because this generation is going to grow up without being competitive.”
Where to Vote Locally
All polling locations are open from 6am-9pm on election day. If you cannot make it to a polling location on September 10, you can use an absentee ballot instead. Because the city is using lever voting machines for the primary, no sample ballots will be available.
- Agudath Senior Center: 817 Avenue H between E 8th and E 9th Streets
- Cortelyou Library: 1305 Cortelyou Road between Argyle and Rugby Roads
- Caton Park Nursing Home: 1312 Caton Avenue between Argyle and Rugby Roads
- Marlborough Gardens: 386 Marlborough Road between Cortelyou and Dorchester Roads
- IS 62 Ditmas Junior High: 700 Cortelyou Road at the corner of E 7th Street
- MS 246: 72 Veronica Place between Snyder Avenue and Albemarle Road
- PS 6: 43 Snyder Avenue between Bedford and Flatbush Avenues
- PS 217: 1100 Newkirk Avenue between Coney Island Avenue and Westminster Road
- PS 249: 18 Marlborough Road between Caton and Church Avenues
If you live outside of District 40, you can find a polling location here.