By Sabina Mollot
Despite an ongoing battle with prostate cancer and some intensive surgery he is now recovering from, an East Village resident who’s running in the primary against Assembly Member Harvey Epstein says he is staying in the race.
That candidate is Juan Pagan, a former corrections employee who later worked as a contractor and is now retired.
In a campaign interview with Town & Village this week, Pagan shared that he’d had a radical prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland) on August 14 at Memorial Sloan Kettering in this latest bout with cancer. This is after a recent full recovery from stage 4 lymphoma, Pagan told Town & Village previously, and now Pagan is saying his doctors are optimistic this time around as well. Still, the 62-year-old candidate is taking it easy, and while he agreed to an interview with Town & Village over the phone he also canceled his participation in a debate earlier in the day.
“I have a high threshold of pain, but I’d be squirming in my chair,” he explained.