To: Interested PartiesFrom: Jobs For New York Date: May 31, 2013RE: 2013 City Council RacesWith term limits kicking in this year, 21 of the 51 New York City Council seats are upfor grabs in the upcoming municipal elections. These open seat races have the potential tomake 2013 a transformative campaign that will shape the City’s economic developmentatmosphere for years to come.Some of the most critical challenges New York City faces are the need to create manymore good middle class jobs and much more affordable housing. A record number of New Yorkers are employed. However, as the recent NYC Jobs Blueprint report attests,there is a serious need for more middle class jobs. The City’s efforts to create and preserve affordable housing have been impressive. However, given expected populationgrowth, even more housing is needed moving forward. New York’s ability to address challenges like job creation and affordable housing hangon the outcome of these races. The idea behind this Independent Expenditure is to bringthe real estate industry and labor together to ensure that the candidates elected to theCouncil address these issues in a serious and substantive way.
In the biggest overhaul of the City Council since 2001, a total of 18of the 51 Council districts will be vacated in 2013 because term limits prevent theincumbents from running for re-election. Two other members of the City Council whocan run for re- election are running for higher office and another will not seek reelectiondue to public integrity allegations, meaning 21 of the total 51 council seats will bevacated.
Jobs for New York has created a Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) comprised of the Mason Tenders’ District Council of Greater New York, UFCW Local 1500 and the New York City District Council of Carpenters who will help it identify candidates whoare committed to creating jobs and keeping New York affordable while fostering a business climate that promotes opportunities for those aspiring to join the middle class.
Scope of the IE:
The IE expects to participate in up to 25 different Council electiondistricts throughout the City, working to elect candidates who support an agenda focusedon creating good jobs, building affordable housing and improving the City’s economy.
Tailored, individualized campaigns will be conducted in eachCouncil district relying on state-of-the-art messaging and voter contact.