On Thursday night, an evening of debate among the candidates running to replace Dan Garodnick in the City Council was held at Waterside Plaza. The event’s hosts were Town & Village newspaper, the Waterside Tenants Association and Waterside management with the event taking place outdoors. A story covering the views of the various candidates on affordable housing, small businesses, issues affecting seniors, and the sanitation garage the city plans to build at the Brookdale campus, is forthcoming. Scroll down to see some photos from the debate, where all seats on the plaza were filled with a mixed crowd of community residents and candidates’ supporters.
Richard Ravitch, owner of Waterside Plaza and former lieutenant governor, makes opening remarks. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
Crowd at the debate
Waterside Tenants Association President Janet Handal, event co-host
Candidates Alec Hartman and MJ Kronfeld talk before the debate begins.
Marti Speranza meets with residents before the debate.
Candidates mingle with the crowd.
Melissa Jane “MJ” Kronfeld speaks with attendees.
Jeffrey Mailman talks with attendees after the debate.
Maria Castro speaks with T&V editor Sabina Mollot
Rachel Honig talks with Stuy Town residents Virginia Rosario and Pat Sallin.
Waterside Plaza owner Richard Ravitch (right) speaking with Waterside resident and Tilden Democratic Club leader Steven Smollens (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
Peter Cooper Village resident and candidate Barry Shapiro