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Early Voting Begins on Saturday! Here’s the StreetsPAC Endorsement Recap – Streetsblog New York City

Over the past month, Streetsblog has reported on the endorsements that StreetsPAC revealed for the approaching NYC elections. The story was reported in a number of elements, as endorsements have been issued for 33 metropolis council seats, 3 Borough President seats, Manhattan District Legal professional, Comptroller, and the mayoral race. In the present day, on the eve of the start of Early Voting on June 11, we wish to current an up to date recap of these articles, mixed on your comfort.

The Livable Streets motion has come a good distance within the eight years since StreetsPAC launched its first wave of endorsements. The very important debate over road security “was seen as a fringe difficulty” then, however it has develop into a sizzling matter on this election as an extremely congested NYC turned to various strategies of transportation in the course of the 2010’s. Candidates from all boroughs have fashioned their stances on bike lanes, bus and subway service, and road overhaul, and have made them central to their election methods.

Whereas the town council portion of this election should be repeated in two years– the Census would require redistricting– the variety of new candidates with daring new concepts creates a blueprint for what NYC politics may seem like for the years to return.

If there is no such thing as a bolded title included with a district for the town council portion, it implies that StreetsPAC didn’t difficulty an endorsement for that space for causes resembling candidates’ lack of curiosity in questions of safety, unsatisfactory solutions on their questionnaire or lack of reply all collectively. We’ve included a brief record of main candidates in these districts.

With out additional ado, listed below are the endorsements:


StreetsPAC thew its assist behind former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, citing her assist for redesigning streets and increasing Citi Bike. The political motion committee praised Garcia for signing a petition in assist of reworking the thirty fourth Avenue open road right into a linear park, citing it for instance of how Garcia will flip her phrases into particular actions. Garcia additionally publicly helps Transportation Alternate options’ “NYC25x25” plan, which seeks to repurpose 25 p.c of the house presently allotted for the motion and storage of vehicles. StreetsPAC sees Garcia because the candidate of motion, who can give you formidable concepts and nonetheless execute the plans she places ahead.


StreetsPAC selected to endorse in ranked order for the function of Comptroller, giving Corey Johnson the primary alternative spot and favoring Brad Lander because the second alternative. The group said that it gave a “slight edge” to Johnson due to his expertise as Speaker, and his character which may be capable of deliver extra consideration to the very important workplace.

Manhattan District Legal professional

New York is the one one of many 5 counties to have a contested race for district legal professional on this 12 months’s main. (Brooklyn District Legal professional Eric Gonzalez, a Democrat, is dealing with re-election in November, however he has no main challenger.) The Manhattan district legal professional race is hotly contested, nevertheless, with eight candidates operating within the main, 5 of whom competed for the StreetsPAC endorsement. As a state workplace, district legal professional is just not topic to ranked-choice voting.

These 5 have been Alvin Bragg, Diana Florence, Lucy Lang, Dan Quart, and Tali Farhadian Weinstein. (The latter 4 are acquainted to Streetsblog readers as a result of every penned an op-ed.)

StreetsPAC selected Bragg, “primarily based on a mixture of dedication to treating vehicular violence as critical crime whereas additionally in search of alternate options to incarceration, necessary expertise managing a big prosecutorial and investigative employees, a willingness to innovate, and a believable path to victory.”

Bragg “stood out” amongst an “spectacular group of legal professionals” and “will deliver a brand new, critical concentrate on vehicular crime” to the workplace, “which can have a direct and constructive impact on the protection of the borough’s streets.”

Borough President races

StreetsPAC endorsed in three races:

  • Mark Levine (Manhattan): The group praised the present higher east facet council member as a dependable and energetic voice for road security, and famous his sturdy assist for tasks such because the one hundred and twenty fifth Road Choose Bus Service, the extension of the Amsterdam Ave protected bike lane, and Morningside Ave pedestrian security enhancements.
  • Antonio Reynoso (Brooklyn): Council member Antonio Reynoso obtained the PAC’s nod for his efforts as a metropolis council member to create protected bike lanes, advocate for the Myrtle-Wyckoff Pedestrian Plaza, and assist plans for a busway on Berry Road. Additionally they cited his need to re-design Atlantic Avenue as an necessary issue for the endorsement.
  • Donovan Richards (Queens): Incumbent Richards stunned StreetsPAC as an Japanese Queens official who doesn’t comply with the borough’s political norm of appeasing drivers within the very automotive dependent space. Richards is a powerful supporter of turning the thirty fourth Avenue open road right into a linear park, and is in favor of velocity cameras, improved transit service, and new bike lanes.

Manhattan Council

Christopher Marte (District 1, Decrease Manhattan): Marte, who misplaced to retiring Council Member Margaret Chin in 2017, instructed StreetsPAC that he helps pedestrianizing the Seaport District and an enormous chunk of the Monetary District. He additionally favors a protected crosstown bike lane on Chambers Road, amongst different routes. He mentioned he would advocate for supply cyclists to have the ability to use the Hudson River Greenway. The group recommends Gigi Li, Chin’s chief of employees, as a second alternative. (We wrote about this race earlier in the year.)

Council Member Carlina Rivera, seen here with her own bike. File photo: Gersh Kuntzman
Council Member Carlina Rivera, seen right here together with her personal bike. File photograph: Gersh Kuntzman

Carlina Rivera (District 2, Decrease Manhattan, pictured): StreetsPAC endorsed incumbent Rivera, who has a powerful Protected Streets status together with her pioneering within the Open Streets program. If re-elected, she would work to widen the Second Avenue bike lane and implement extra curb extensions.

Erik Bottcher (District 3, West Aspect): Bottcher, who was Corey Johnson’s Chief of Workers, impressed StreetsPAC together with his dedication to bringing street-safety enhancements to tenth Avenue and to extending the Sixth Avenue protected bike lane south of Ninth Road.

Keith Powers (District 4, East Aspect): Powers, who’s operating unopposed in his re-election marketing campaign, was praised by StreetsPAC for his capacity to comply with up on marketing campaign guarantees, together with implementation of the 14th Road busway and the extension of the sixth avenue protected bike lane. In his subsequent time period, he needs to work on extra protected bike lanes and creating extra busways, hoping to duplicate the success of the 14th road model.

Upper East Side Council candidate Billy FreelandBilly Freeland

Billy Freeland (District 5, Higher East Aspect, pictured): Freeland stands out in a strong discipline to succeed Ben Kallos, who’s operating for borough president. StreetsPAC cited legal professional Freeland’s “passionate dedication to altering the district’s streets” that features “overhauling Third Avenue and reworking Citi Bike right into a public utility.”

A lot of Freeland’s agenda was revealed by Streetsblog earlier in the campaign. For a second choose, StreetsPAC recommends Julie Menin, who made Streetsblog headlines for her plan to reimagine the FDR Drive. Kim Moscaritolo was ranked third.

Sara Lind (District 6, Higher West Aspect): Lind hopes to succeed term-limited Helen Rosenthal. StreetsPAC praised her for her assist for the Central Park West protected bike lane (and wanting extra such lanes crosstown). Lind additionally has a daring plan for Broadway. The group additionally had good issues to say about term-limited Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, who’s operating to reclaim her previous Council seat, however finally selected the “recent concepts and vitality” of Lind.

Marti Allen-Cummings (District 7, Harlem/Washington Heights): Allen-Cummings obtained the group’s nod for his or her assist for crosstown busways on one hundred and twenty fifth, 145th and 157th streets. They’d assist extra bike lanes and subsidizing Citi Bike to increase it additional. StreetsPAC did say there are a number of different good candidates within the race, however it didn’t title them. (Metropolis and State did this preview of the race to succeed term-limited Mark Levine.)

District 8, East Harlem: Incumbent Diana Ayala is operating with token resistance from Tamika Mapp. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Mario Rosser (District 9, Harlem): Rosser needs extra devoted bike lanes and higher bus service in his district. Incumbent Invoice Perkins didn’t take part in our endorsement course of (he hardly ever returns our calls additionally).

Bronx Council

District 10, Washington Heights: The highest candidates are Carmen De La Rosa, Angela Fernandez, Johanna Garcia, and Josue Perez. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

District 11, Northwest Bronx: The highest candidates are Eric Dinowitz, Lora Mino, Abigail Martin, Daniel Padernacht, and Marcos Sierra. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Shanequa Moore (District 12, Wakefield): Moore, a social employee, is difficult Kevin Riley for the northern Bronx seat he gained in a particular election in December. (Riley didn’t take part within the StreetsPAC course of.) Moore says she would advocate for redesigning extensive and harmful streets resembling Boston Highway. She needs bike-share expanded to the district, with extra protected infrastructure.

District 13, Northwest Bronx: The highest candidates are Monique Johnson and Marjorie Velazquez. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Pierina Sanchez (District 14, Morris Heights/College Heights): Sanchez was the New York director on the Regional Plan Affiliation earlier than shifting to Metropolis Corridor to work on housing, land use, financial improvement and labor points. She emphasised her assist for “sooner and extra dependable bus service, an expanded Honest Fares program, and adoption of the Freedom Ticket for intra-city journeys on Metro North and the LIRR.” The seat is presently occupied by term-limited Fernando Cabrera.

John Sanchez (District 15, Fordham): Sanchez, who is well known to Streetsblog readers, is district supervisor of Bronx Neighborhood Board 6 and has made secure streets a centerpiece of his marketing campaign. He needs to cut back automotive use, partially with busways on Fordham Highway and Third Avenue, and extra protected bike lanes. He has known as for enormous enlargement in daylighting road corners.

District 16, South Bronx: The highest candidates are Abdourahamane Diallo, Amadou Diallo, Yves Filius, and Althea Stevens.  StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

District 17, South Bronx: Incumbent Rafael Salamanca Jr. is anticipated to win re-election, though Helen Hines is operating a smaller marketing campaign towards him. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Amanda Farias (District 18): Voters lastly get an opportunity to maneuver previous the divisiveness and homophobia of retiring Council Member Ruben Diaz Sr., who beat Farias final time round. Farias is a board member of Riders Alliance, and mentioned she would concentrate on bettering transit entry by increasing the Honest Fares program and by bringing Citi Bike throughout the Bronx River (with new protected bike lanes, too). The group prompt that Michael Beltzer could be second-place vote.

Queens Council

Austin Shafran (District 19, Flushing/Faculty Level): Shafran practically gained this seat eight years in the past, however misplaced to Council Member Paul Vallone by fewer than 200 votes within the 2013 Democratic main (Vallone is term-limited). Shafran mentioned he would increase open streets and increase the native bike community. He additionally mentioned he’d work to make Northern Boulevard safer.

John Choe (District 20, Flushing): Choe, who leads the Better Flushing Chamber of Commerce, hopes to succeed term-limited Peter Koo, who has been an opponent of transit and street-safety tasks just like the Flushing busway, which Choe supported. Choe, a every day bike commuter, mentioned he would create the “Flushing Ring,” a protected bike lane community that may feed the downtown space.

District 21, Corona: Ingrid Gomez, Fransisco Moya, George Onuorah, and Talea Wufka are combating for term-limited Francisco Moya’s seat. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Tiffany Cabán (District 22, Astoria): Cabán, whom StreetsPAC endorsed in 2019 for Queens DA, mentioned she helps redesigning streets, creating car-free superblocks and a busway on twenty first Road busway. Evie Hantzopolous obtained the committee’s “very sturdy” quantity two rating.

Jaslin Kaur (District 23, Japanese Queens): With Barry Grodenchik not in search of re-election, StreetsPAC recommends Kaur, an education-equity and immigration-rights activist who rides the Q46 and mentioned she is dedicated to bettering the district’s public transit.

District 24, Mid-Queens: The highest candidates are Moumita Ahmed, James Gennaro, Saifur Khan, and Muhammed Uddin. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Shekar KrishnanKrishnan

Shekar Krishnan (District 25, Jackson Heights): Krishnan is a civil rights legal professional who is well known to Streetsblog readers for his assist for a thirty fourth Avenue linear park.

Krishnan instructed StreetsPAC that he would prioritize constructing extra transit corridors and busways and devoted bus lanes on streets like Northern Boulevard, the place he helps a complete redesign.

He’ll additionally advocate for a community of linked and guarded bike lanes, and more room for pedestrians all through the district.

Carolyn Tran earned the group’s quantity two slot in District 25 — the race to succeed term-limited Council Member Danny Dromm.

Amit Bagga and Julie Received (District 26, Sunnyside): There are such a lot of good candidates that StreetsPAC needed to choose two: Bagga is a Metropolis Corridor veteran staffer, mentioned he needed to assist supply cyclists, plus increase categorical buses and make the transit system “universally accessible.” Received “will deliver an advocate’s ardour to the struggle for higher road design,” StreetsPAC mentioned. She is aware of first-hand what it’s prefer to commute by bike — she was struck by a hit-and-run driver  final November. Jesse Laymon earned StreetsPAC’s quantity three rating.

Nantasha Williams (District 27, Springfield Gardens): Williams is a champion of the Freedom Ticket, and instructed StreetsPAC that she’s going to advocate for bike-, scooter-, and car-sharing packages. She additionally favors road redesigns to cut back rushing.

District 28, Southeast Queens: Incumbent Adrienne Adams is anticipated to win her re-election marketing campaign towards less-well-funded opponent Ruben Wills. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Aleda Gagarin (District 29, Forest Hills): With Karen Koslowitz term-limited, the district has an opportunity to elect somebody who helps transit and road security tasks. Gagarin, an city planner, mentioned she is dedicated to redesigning streets to enhance security and accessibility, particularly for seniors, and to facilitate extra protected bike lanes. Gagarin additionally touted Barcelona-style superblocks for the extra dense, transit-rich elements of her district.

Juan Ardila (District 30, Center Village): Ardila is difficult incumbent Council Member Robert Holden, who’s an opponent of many road security initiatives. Ardila needs to enhance transportation entry with higher bus service to transit hubs, the reopening of a former LIRR stations, and extra subway station accessibility. He helps a linked community of protected bike lanes.

District 31, Southeast Queens: Selvena Brooks-Powers is operating unopposed as incumbent. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Felicia Singh (District 32, Rockaway/Ozone Park): In in search of to succeed term-limited Eric Ulrich, Singh mentioned her priorities are to enhance mass-transit choices (i.e. higher bus service from the Rockaway peninsula to the mainland), and extra dependable service on the A practice. She needs to increase Citi Bike service into southern Queens (the place it isn’t anticipated to exist for years beneath the present plan).

Brooklyn Council

Lincoln Restler (District 33, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Downtown): Restler, a former de Blasio staffer who based New Kings Democrats, mentioned he would advocate for a community of concrete-protected bike lanes, safer intersections, improved bus service, and seamless integration of fares for all transit, together with Citi Bike. Restler not too long ago instructed Streetsblog that he needs to eradicate placards.

As a second choose, StreetsPAC recommends Elizabeth Adams, who was term-limited Council Member Steve Levin’s legislative director. She performed a vital function in Levin’s invoice that may permit residents to report unlawful parking.

Jennifer Gutiérrez
Jennifer Gutiérrez

Jennifer Gutiérrez (District 34, Bushwick, pictured): Gutiérrez is hoping to succeed her one-time boss, term-limited Council Member Antonio Reynoso. Simply as she told Streetsblog earlier this year, Gutiérrez is dedicated to breaking the automotive tradition, and can prioritize security enhancements. She additionally needs 14th Road-style busways.

Crystal Hudson (District 35, Fort Greene): Hudson instructed StreetsPAC that she needs elevated funding in Imaginative and prescient Zero, bus speedy transit and open streets, in addition to getting the NYPD out of visitors enforcement. StreetsPAC selected Michael Hollingsworth as its “sturdy” second alternative.

District 36, Bedford-Stuyvesant: High candidates are Chi Ossé, Henry Butler, Tahirah Moore and Robert Waterman. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Sandy Nurse (District 37, Bushwick): Nurse, a group organizer and carpenter, is difficult short-term incumbent Darma Diaz, who gained a particular election after the resignation of Rafael Espinal. Nurse is eager on bettering transit service in a district the place two-thirds of residents don’t have a automotive.

Rodrigo Camarena and César Zuñiga (District 38, Sundown Park). Time period-limited Council Member Carlos Menchaca has many extremely certified would-be successors, and StreetsPAC was solely in a position to slender the sector down to 2: Camarena, a motorcycle commuter, mentioned he would concentrate on preserving supply cyclists secure. He additionally helps improved bus and ferry service. Zuñiga, the chairman of Neighborhood Board 7, is laser centered on the risks of Third Avenue. He additionally helps improved bus service and a protected biking community. Alexa Avilés earned the group’s quantity three choose.

Brandon West (District 39, Park Slope): In a shock, StreetsPAC selected West, a Metropolis Corridor finances analyst, over better-known candidates to succeed term-limited Brad Lander. The group cited West’s advocacy for a “15-minute metropolis,” a fare system that works throughout all transit (which he thinks ought to be free). Shahana Hanif, Justin Krebs, and Doug Schneider have been all listed as worthy second picks. StreetsPAC mentioned it couldn’t see sufficient daylight to separate them.

Rita Joseph
Rita Joseph

Rita Joseph (District 40, Flatbush): Joseph, who is well known to Streetsblog readers, is one in every of many certified candidates to succeed undistinguished Council Member Mathieu Eugene, “for whom transportation has been an afterthought, at greatest,” StreetsPAC mentioned.

Joseph obtained the nod as a result of she mentioned she would advocate for higher public transit, together with busways, and demand sooner enlargement of Citi Bike and guarded lanes.

Josue Pierre obtained the group’s second choose.

District 41: Alicka Ampry-Samuel, incumbent, is anticipated to win the seat once more, though former council member Darlene Mealy is technically within the race. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Nikki Lucas (District 42, Canarsie): StreetsPAC hopes to interrupt the Barron monopoly on this seat — which has been occupied by Charles or Inez for twenty years (Meeting Member Charles Barron is operating for his previous seat now that his spouse is completed with it). Lucas obtained the nod over Wilfredo Florentino (who was picked second) as a result of the group believes her title recognition will assist her beat Barron, who’s as well-known within the district as baseball, sizzling canines and apple pie.

Lucas will push to have Linden Boulevard redesigned with protected bike lanes and higher pedestrian infrastructure, one thing Barron didn’t see as a precedence in a Streetsblog interview. Florentino, the transportation committee chairman of Neighborhood Board 5, is a powerful quantity two, the group mentioned.

Justin Brannan (District 43, Bay Ridge): Brannan, who’s operating for his second consecutive time period, is supported by StreetsPAC for his work on subway and bus enhancements and repair, and is devoted to increasing Citi Bike service in his district to encourage individuals to make use of non-car strategies of transportation.

District 44, Midwood: Incumbent Kalman Yeger is operating unopposed — on each Democratic and Republican strains. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Anthony Beckford (District 45, East Flatbush): Beckford is difficult incumbent Council Member Farah Louis, who has not made road security a precedence. Beckford is aware of the challenges of surviving in East Flatbush — he’s been hit by drivers 3 times within the district. He mentioned he would advocate for higher bike infrastructure, particularly alongside Coney Island Avenue. Louis obtained the group’s second-place nod, which is unimaginable, provided that she voted towards the Councils Streets Grasp Plan invoice in 2019. The group mentioned she’s “evolving” on road questions of safety.

District 46, East Brooklyn: The highest candidates are Gardy Brazela, Donald Cranston, Mercedes Narcisse, Judy Newton, and Shirley Paul. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

District 47, Coney Island: The highest candidates for the opening seat are Alec Brook-Krasny, Ari Kagen, Joseph Packer, and Steven Patzer. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

District 48, East Brooklyn: The highest democratic candidates to fill the open seat are Amber Adler, Binyomin Bendet, Mariya Markh, and Steven Saperstein. Inna Vernikov, a Republican, will face off towards one in every of them in November. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

Staten Island Council

Amoy Barnes (District 49, North Shore): Barnes, who hopes to succeed term-limited Debbie Rose, mentioned she would concentrate on transit with actual bus speedy transit, extra transit-signal precedence, and expanded ferry service. She additionally impressed StreetsPAC by saying her 15-minute bike journey to the Staten Island Ferry terminal feels so unsafe that it’s a “shame.” Ranti Ogunleye obtained the second-place vote.

District 50, Mid-Island: Sal Albanese, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and George Wonica, the presumptive Conservative Occasion nominee, will face whoever wins the Republican nomination. The three candidates in that main are David Carr, Marko Kepi, and Sam Pirozzolo. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

District 51, South Shore: Present Council Member Joseph Borelli, a Republican, is operating for re-election towards Democrat Olivia Drabczyk. However that battle will likely be in November. StreetsPAC didn’t endorse.

The election is on June 22. Early voting begins on June 12. Click here for extra data.

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