Accident leads to candidate’s effort to win City Council seat

Maria Castro

By Sabina Mollot

When Maria Castro, a political consultant who’d also served as a delegate for Bernie Sanders during the Democratic National Convention, decided to join the City Council race for District 4, it was shortly after ending up in the hospital.

Castro, a midtown resident on the west side of the district, said she was “holed up” following a fall down a malfunctioning escalator at the subway station near City Hall on January 4. During this time, with little else to do, she found herself watching the news surrounding President Donald Trump’s inauguration — and getting very upset.

“I was watching the rhetoric of the Trump administration, how he was affecting women, minorities, the working class,” said Castro.

She had a couple of friends over at the time, one of whom mentioned the seat for her City Council district was open. Castro didn’t need to think twice about what she would do about this, and got on the ballot on January 26.

Continue reading

Maloney talks homeland security, L train woes and the war on women

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney made a campaign stop in Stuyvesant Town on a recent afternoon. (Pictured) Maloney with ST-PCV Tenants Association Board Member Virginia Rosario (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney made a campaign stop in Stuyvesant Town on a recent afternoon. (Pictured) Maloney with former ST-PCV Tenants Association Board Member Virginia Rosario (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

On the Friday before last, Carolyn Maloney had the mother of all colds. Her voice unusually scratchy and her face makeup free, the congresswoman stood on the sidewalk outside of Stuyvesant Town, as a few supporters milled nearby holding banners with her name on it. They ignored the rain. There was after all, a primary around the corner.

On June 28, Maloney will be facing off against Democrat Peter Lindner, a Union Square resident and computer programmer. As T&V has previously reported, last month, Lindner tried to get Maloney kicked off the ballot due to a paperwork snafu. She then retaliated by arguing to the Board of Elections that Lindner didn’t even get half the required amount of signatures while petitioning. However, they were both unsuccessful at giving the other the boot.

But ballot challenges aside, like most Democratic incumbents in New York City, Maloney hasn’t had much difficulty in getting reelected. At this point, she’s been a member of Congress for 24 years.

Continue reading

Letters to the Editor, June 9

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Voter signatures needed ahead of primary

In order for a candidate to appear on the ballot for the September primary and then for the November election, that person must file designating party petitions containing signatures of voters with the NYC Board of Elections.

The petitioning period started on June 7 and will continue until July 11. The green colored petitions signify Democratic candidates.

If you are asked to sign as a Democrat, please do so.  Your signature allows the candidate to run. It does not mean that you are supporting or voting for the person at the polls. This is the electoral process in New York State.

Hopefully, this will change in years to come but for now, it is the only way that a candidate can get their name on the ballot. The petitions this time are for our State Senators Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman, our State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, Civil Court Judges Josh Hanschaft, Emily Morales Minerva and Judy Kim, State Committee and Judicial Delegates.

These candidates are running unopposed but must still qualify their candidacies with the Board of Elections.

We look forward to seeing many of you during the next several weeks. Please stop, meet the candidates and sign our petitions.

We will also be participating at the Street Fair on June 12 on Third Ave. between 23rd and 34th Sts. where you can find out more about the Samuel J. Tilden Club, register to vote and sign petitions there.

Louise Dankberg and Sandro Sherrod
Democratic District Leaders
74th Assembly District, Part C, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club

Continue reading

No primary for 74th District, but no one tells voters about it

Signs at a Stuyvesant Town polling place in a prior election year

Signs at a Stuyvesant Town polling place in a prior election year

By Sabina Mollot

On Primary Day, which this year was on September 10, voters living in the 74th Assembly District were left without a chance to vote — not that anyone bothered to tell them this.

A primary wasn’t held in the district due to a lack of contested races, a spokesperson for the Board of Elections told Town & Village, but with no warnings about a cancellation, some die-hards still went out to cast their votes. One voter, Stuyvesant Town resident Susan Schoenbaum, told Town & Village she ended up wandering through much of the complex — after seeing that her assigned polling site, 10 Stuyvesant Oval, was closed with no sign of activity. The usual white and blue “Vote Here” signs in English and Spanish that get placed near polling sites on election days were also nowhere to be found.

Schoenbaum said she had not received anything in the mail about a polling site change, and an online check later of where her polling site should have been, on the city Board of Elections website, also showed it as being 10 Oval.

After walking around a while, and asking contractors on site in a golf cart if they knew where she could vote — they didn’t — Schoenbaum popped into the Public Safety office. There, an employee told her the department had received word the primary had been postponed until November.

Continue reading

Letters to the Editor, May 28

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

If we knew then what we know now…

To the editor:

There is an absolute absurdity that keeps circulating in the halls of banality. Its primary function is to deflect responsibility for the actions of our nation, our people and our leaders and the press. It resurfaced a few weeks back with Jeb Bush and Mrs. Clinton, and again, recently, in NPR’s Brian Lehrer and All Things Considered, on Sunday, May 24 — but make no mistake, it is not limited to Mrs. Clinton, the Bushes and NPR’s people. So here it is: “If we knew then, what we know now…” (Finish with: “would we have invaded Iraq?”)

It is an American tragedy that the question was formed. It shows an induced loss of memory among those of us who are over 60, and ignorance on the part of everyone else.

So let’s go back to the Eisenhower years, specifically, May 1, 1960. That was the day one of our U2s was shot down twelve miles above the Soviet Union — we were stunned that the Russians had that ability. Recall its pilot, Gary Powers… put on display by Khrushchev to the utter embarrassment of President Eisenhower who could no longer deny our flying over Russia. I leave it to the reader to figure out what one of our high altitude U2 planes (hint) with cameras was doing over Russia. (End episode I.)

Let’s go forward to October, 1962. President Kennedy is on television. He is explaining the identity of objects and the significance of shadows in an 8 x10 photo of the ground in Cuba. The photo was taken by our aircraft flying over Cuba. Kennedy was about to take serious action and he wanted the American people to know why he was going to take the actions he was about to take: blockade Cuba and demand the removal of Russian missiles. (End episode II.)

Suffice now to recall that during the 50 years of the cold-war, we and the Soviets developed sophisticated technology with which to photograph each other’s country. On CBS news, Walter Cronkite described our technological capacity to photograph from space a pack of cigarettes in a man’s shirt.
The great advance in our ability to photograph the ground from space came with satellites whose speed would keep them over the same spot on Earth. We and the Russians knew every square inch of everything that was the other’s.

Let’s move ahead to 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. George Bush is President of The United States.

Over the years, our media has served the wrong sets of questions. Rather than demanding: “Given our technology, how could we not have known about WMD in Iraq?” it insisted that while we know now, maybe, just maybe, back then maybe we did not know. But what we know now, we don’t know only now. We are not in a privileged position now compared to back then.

Sending our troops running around in the desert on wild goose chases established nothing new. What we know now is precisely what we knew back then.

John M. Giannone, ST

Continue reading

Letters to the Editor, Sept. 12

Gale Brewer for borough president

Gale Brewer is a unique politician. As a volunteer, I have seen firsthand how she connects with people by her caring and sincere disposition. Gale is the real deal and will make seniors, disabled, working families proud to call her president.

She has initiated and helped pass the paid sick leave law in the Council. I see Gale on TV and how hard she works for all New Yorkers.

Gale has campaigned often in Stuy Town, standing on street corners at the food market and grocery store. She has pledged to fight hard for Stuy Town and rent regulation to keep this community affordable.

Her most recent endorsements are NY Times, Mike McKee of TenantsPAC, Assemblymen Brian Kavanagh and Dick Gottfried, Gloria Steinem, Liz Holtz, many unions, Sierra Club and many, many others.

Stuy Town is lucky to have such a seasoned candidate — 40 years in government, 12 years in the City Council and a president to be for all Manhattanites.

Cissie Hawkes, ST

Continue reading

High voter turnout at Democratic Primaries, voters choose Hoylman, Mella and Kavanagh

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Brad Hoylman

Voters in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village had three decisions on their ballots for the Democratic Primaries yesterday: the spot for Tom Duane’s Senate seat, Surrogate’s Court judge for Manhattan and the seat for the Assembly, 74th District.

Brad Hoylman, a Greenwich Village resident, came out on top in the State Senate race with 67.4 percent of the vote. Opponents Tom Greco received 23.9 percent of the vote and Tanika Inlaw received 8.7 percent.

Rita Mella

Rita Mella, a Stuyvesant Town resident, won the primary with 59.7 percent of the vote over Barbara Jaffe’s 40.3 percent for the Surrogate’s Court judge position, and incumbent Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh won with 63 percent. Challenger Juan Pagan received 37 percent of the vote.

The polls at the Asser Levy Recreation Center were quiet with only about 10 percent of registered voters coming by 4 p.m., according to voting coordinator and Peter Cooper Village resident Kathleen Kalmes, but many of the other sites for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village residents reported being busier than usual, especially for a primary election.

“Primaries usually have a small turnout because I think some people might feel like there’s no point since this is a Democratic area in general,” said the site coordinator at 272 First Avenue who didn’t want to be named. “But this has been a busy day, especially compared to the Republican Primary a few months ago.”

Brian Kavanagh

Clarieel Reyes, who was working the polls at 360 First Avenue and who has worked in primary elections in the past, said that over a hundred people had voted at her table alone and the other tables at that site had similar numbers. “This one has had a pretty good turnout, more than past Democratic primaries, from what I’ve seen in previous elections,” she said.

Due to redistricting, there was some confusion among voters about where their poll sites would be. The most notable change for some, according to the coordinator at 272 First Ave., was that a handful of voters in Stuyvesant Town were now supposed to vote at the location in Peter Cooper Village. One irate voter came into 360 First Avenue and was frustrated about where he was supposed to vote, but poll workers said that while there was some confusion about where to go, most were not too put out by the changes, even if they had to go to a different poll site.

Arnie Latterman, a Stuyvesant Town resident who was working as a scanner inspector at the 525 East 14th Street poll site, said that there were a number of referrals throughout the day at his location. “We made at least 40 referrals because there were people who came in (to this location) and didn’t vote here,” he said.

Despite the lower turnout expected at the primaries compared to the general election, voters felt strongly about the decisions they had to make. “Even though they’re all Democrats, there’s a wide variance in the candidates,” Latterman said. “One is maybe a bit more progressive than the others and depending on personal preference, that can be important.”

Others who came out said they felt obligated to vote to have their voice heard.

“Primaries are just as important as the final election,” said Stuyvesant Town resident Gary Wiss after voting. “Putting a ballot in the box is a special kind of thing. It’s democracy in action.”