Fortunately for us, the real estate industry’s candidate is being challenged by a remarkablewoman: a bright, energetic and principled leader who is not beholden to the landlords, developers or their investment bankers:
.Ivy League educated and a Stanford Law graduate,Jenifer is a civil rights lawyer who worked at the National Woman’s Law Center in Washington,DC. Rajkumar has excelledin her position as local Dem-ocratic district leader and hasreceived endorsements froma wide swath of our commu-nity: ranging from China-town leaders to the SierraClub; from advocates for thedisabled to trade unions; from community activiststo political reformers. Jenifer was chosen by
as a “Rising Star: 40 Under 40”. Jenifer isthe real deal: committed to our benefit, not the realestate lobby.We endorse
Jenifer Rajkumar for City Council.Borough President:
We’ve never had a borough president from down-town: someone who lives, works and raises a family here; someone who knows our problemsand how to solve them. Someone like
.Serving as chair of the local community board for seven years, Menin steered our communitythrough the aftermath of 9/11, and is intimately involved in downtown’s rejuvenation and growth. As a watchdog on the Lower Manhattan Develop-ment Corporation, Julie exposed waste of taxpay-ers’ funds and won a $200 million victory againstCon Edison when it tried to raise our rates and pocket public funds. Julie got more schools for downtown and fought for more affordable housing. Menin is the only candidate in the race who stoodup against the NYU expansion and tried to get itmoved to the WTC site, and who also opposed the positive outcome reflects the good character and integrity we have long witnessed John display ascomptroller.It is for these reasons that we proudly endorse
John Liu for Mayor.
Should a job as important as the comptroller, thecity’s chief ﬁnancial ofﬁcer, be used to redeem adisgraced politician’s career? We think not. Besides, Eliot Spitzer described himself as a“steamroller” – and that is the last thing a comptroller should be.On the other hand, Scott Stringer has excelled as Manhattan borough president. He took a hands-on approach at reforming the community boards, not to mention formulating dozens of policy ideas that beneﬁt our borough and our city.Unhesitatingly, we endorse
Scott Stringer forComptroller
Four candidates are running for public advocate,including local state senator, Daniel Squadron.Daniel has served us well and would make a ﬁne public advocate. We endorse
Council District 2:
In the East Village’s 2
Council District, incumbent Rosie Mendez is facing two chal-lengers with community roots, Richard Del Rioand Juan Pagan. However, Mendez’s accom- plishments in her eight years as councilmember are so broad and so impressive that there is noquestion that we endorse
Council District 3:
On the West Side, the contest to replace ChristineQuinn is between civil rights attorney Yetta Kurland and Community Board 4 chair CoreyJohnson. Corey has an impressive record and garnered wide support.For the 3
Council District we endorse
.closure of St Vincent's Hospital and the subsequentconstruction of a luxury high-rise on the site. Her three uptown opponents, city councilmembersGale Brewer, Jessica Lappin and Robert Jackson,all voted for the NYU and St. Vincent’s deals. Manhattan needs a proven leader with a solid track record, dedicated to us. That is the reason we endorse
Julie Menin for Borough President.
In the crowded ﬁeld of mayoral candidates, twostand out: comptroller John Liu and public advocate Bill de Blasio.Bill de Blasio is a leader in ﬁghting the growinginequality in our city: from abused children to unscrupulous landlords; from battling the corrosive inﬂuence of corporate money in politics tochampioning paid sick leave and living wage laws.However, John Liu is the progressive’s progres-sive – and a superb comptroller to boot. Blending integrity with action, John has fought for a shared prosperity, while exposing corruption andmalfeasance in city government. He strongly feelsthat helping the working poor out of poverty willonly strengthen the middle class, and places community priorities ﬁrst.Liu excelled as a comptroller, exposing scams likeCityTime, saving us hundreds of millions of dollars. He also saved the city $1 billion dollars byreﬁnancing outstanding municipal bonds.Yes, it’s unfortunate that his campaign has beenclouded by the misdeeds of two overzealous aides.However, while the controversy has hampered thecampaign, ironically it has guaranteed us a candidate above reproach. You see, despite a thorough, three-year-long investigation with hundreds of hours of wiretaps,Liu has emerged as clean as a whistle. This
Council District 1:
Margaret Chin was elected in 2009 as the afford-able housing candidate. However, once in ofﬁce,Chin ﬂipped and has gone over to the dark side asthe real estate industry’s darling politician.Margaret Chin:•sold out the historic South Street Seaport to the Howard Hughes Corporation•sold out Greenwich Village to NYU•reneged by 50% on promised affordable housing at the SPURA site on Delancey Street•pushed a Chinatown & SoHo B.I.D. againstthe wishes of the residents and small businesses•singlehandedly forced a bill through the Council to demolish a landmarked 1817 Federal townhouse at 135 Bowery, owned byoverseas bank buddies who later contributed$5,900 to Chin’s re-election campaign• endorsed by Real Estate Board governor andIndependence Plaza landlord, Larry Gluck Not to worry. Chin’s real estate friends have rewarded her well for her services. The Real Estate Board –the trade association for the city’s biggest developers –has created a $10million lobbying fund, a PAC cynically called ‘JobsFor NY’, to funnel cash into Chin’s beleagueredcampaign. The PAC’s special interest money is pouring in, flooding your mailboxes, telephonelines and apartment buildings with ads for Chin. These savvy real estate developers don’t invest ina politician without wanting payback in return.What these investors expect for their money is for Chin to continue to hand over our community toreal estate developers.
Jenifer RajkumarJohn ScottPaul NewellJean Grillo
DOWNTOWN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATS