By Sabina Mollot
Diane Grayson, a Peter Cooper Village woman who’d been running for the City Council seat to be vacated next year by Dan Garodnick, has withdrawn from the race.
Reached recently by Town & Village, Grayson explained that she dropped out because she felt the current crop of candidates “represents the interests of the district.”
Grayson, 27, had been running as an Independent who’d promised to spend $50,000 of her own salary, if elected, on some sort of community program or service. Her platform focused on affordable housing and help for small businesses.
At the time she first announced she was thinking of running, last February, there was just one other declared candidate, Stuyvesant Town resident Joshua Thompson. Thompson, a Democrat, also ended up dropping out from the Council race so he could run for mayor instead. He then withdrew from that race to become an advisor to another candidate, Republican developer Paul Massey.
At this time there are 11 registered candidates. All have said they would attend a debate to be co-hosted by Town & Village, Waterside Plaza and the Waterside Tenants Association on June 22.
Meanwhile, when asked if he had any advice for his would-be successors, Council Member Dan Garodnick had this to say:
“Work hard. Really go deep in the issues. People who live in this district are well-informed and want to know that their representatives are all over it.”