By Sabina Mollot
Peter Cooper Village resident Keith Powers, who’s running for the City Council seat currently occupied by Dan Garodnick, is currently one of the top five city candidates for small contributions. Small, according to the Campaign Finance Board, which has released the stats for the latest filing period, means a contribution of $175 or less.
Other candidates to make the list include Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James. De Blasio had the highest number at 691 small donors. Powers was fourth on the list with 170. James followed him at 162. Number two on the list is Carlina Rivera, who’s running for the City Council seat now occupied by Rosie Mendez with 226 and three is Queens Borough President Melinda Katz with 187.
Small donations are eligible for matching funds if they’re from New York City residents, and therefore the program encourages candidates to seek the financial support of constituents and potential constituents.
Powers doesn’t make the top five in the entire campaign cycle though, with the fourth place position there being occupied by Scott Stringer.
Powers’ war chest is valued at $50,077 as of the last filing date in July, according to the Campaign Finance Board website.
A competitor, Diane Grayson, also a Peter Cooper resident, has no campaign funds listed. Another challenger, East Midtown resident Jeff Mailman, has raised $20,378, while NoMad resident Marti Sperenza has raised the most at $169,706.