GOP-leaning candidate enters Council race

Melissa Jane Kronfeld says she’s a “progressive Conservative.”

Melissa Jane Kronfeld says she’s a “progressive Conservative.”

By Sabina Mollot

The race to replace term-limited City Council Member Dan Garodnick has a new candidate in the GOP-leaning Midtown East resident Melissa Jane Kronfeld.

Kronfeld, a former New York Post reporter, said she is not yet sure what party she’ll be running on, although one thing is for sure. It won’t be Democrat. The 34-year-old, a lifelong resident of the City Council District 4, which snakes its way from Stuyvesant Town to the East 90s, identifies as a “progressive Conservative.”

Asked what this means, Kronfeld, known to friends as “MJ,” said, “Being progressive and conservative are not mutually exclusive. Democrats didn’t copyright it. I checked.

“But,” she added, “we don’t bend so far to the left that it’s a free for all for everybody.”

This, she said, means support for immigrants. “There should be a process (to become legal) but I don’t want to send you anywhere because (your) parents didn’t fill out the proper paperwork,” Kronfeld said. “I’m not a conservative who will tell you don’t have the right to choose or that you don’t have the right to hold your husband’s hand if you’re a man.”

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Soapbox: Light shone on child slavery, trafficking

The following column was submitted by reader John Cappelletti in response to recent letters published in Town & Village on the contraception debate. This includes the letter, “Abstinence… makes the heart grow fonder,” published on April 5.

What a person believes is often more real to them than reality.  For example, centuries ago people believed that the earth was flat and that the sun moved around the earth. This was their reality and no amount of facts could persuade them they were wrong. In fact, if you disagreed with them you could lose your life, which is why scientists like Galileo had to deny that the world was round.

Nowadays, people still deny the truth because it may not agree with their religious or political beliefs, like evolution for example. Despite this, I’d like to share these facts, not theories or beliefs, about abstinence, contraception and bringing children into the world.

A report called “Unwed Mothers Now Claim Most Births Under 30” in The New York Times (2/18/12) states: “Researches have consistently found that children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and behavioral problems.” In the report about Loraine County, Ohio,  “63 percent of births to women under 30 occur outside marriage,” the result of unprotected sex, the lack of sex education and beliefs.Another report about a child whose “uncle had sold her to a job placement agency” called “Maid’s Cries Cast Light on Child Labor in India” (The New York Times, 4/5/2012) states: “The International Labor Organization has found that India has 12.5 million laborers between the ages of 5 and 14 with roughly 20 percent working as domestic help. Continue reading