The Power Lever Project

 

NYC Council District 36 Map (click to enlarge)

NYC Council District 36 Map (click to enlarge)

The race to represent District 36 in the NYC Council is well underway. If you live Bedford-Stuyvesant or North Crown Heights, District 36 is your district. Who represents it in the CIty Council depends on just a few thousand votes, including yours.

But who is running for office? What do they want to see happening in the district? What do they think about the issues that matter to you? Where are they getting their campaign funding?

The Power Lever Project is a hub for information about the District 36 City Council race. Feel like something is missing? Hit us up in the comments.

Click on the candidates’ names below for details on each campaign. For more information on the Power Lever Project, contact BMC’s Political Engagement Fellow, James Subudhi at jsubudhi@brookly[email protected].

 

 

    • cornegyThe Basics

      Campaign Website: http://www.cornegy.com
      Campaign Phone Number: (347) 619-2013
      General Information Campaign Email Address: [email protected]
      Candidate Occupation (currently or prior to running for City Council): Legislative Analyst

      Reprinted as submitted by candidate.

    • Candidate Questionnaire

      What accomplishment in New York City (NYC) Council District (CD) 36, which no other candidate can claim, would you say most qualifies you to represent it?
      I live, work, worship, volunteer, and serve as a leader in Central Brooklyn. I attend, participate in, disseminate information to/from all local meetings including block and tenant associations, community boards, and precinct councils. I walk the streets of the district regularly not because I’m running for office but instead because there’s a need for information and referrals. I meet regularly with all our elected officials to bring them back vital information regarding Central Brooklyn. I visit and shop local merchants to assist and support our local business owners. All these things combined represent a single accomplishment, that I am a true servant of the people, ready to do the people’s work from day one in the City Council.

      As you’ve campaigned and listened to CD 36 residents, what kind of social, economic or political change do you think they want most?
      They seek economic development, in the former of jobs that pay family sustaining wages, opportunities for entrepreneurship, trainings that lead to licenses and certifications, and access to higher education in emerging and growing fields like technology, health care, greening, and engineering.

      What will be your greatest legislative priority as the NYC Council Member for CD 36? How will you specifically use your powers as a councilperson to address that issue over the next four years?
      Expansion of development, both economic and housing. Public land is scarce unlike just twenty years ago. Creative, smart uses of our available land, along with urban planning initiatives that don’t aren’t exclusive of each other but instead move along a strategy of growth without sacrificing inclusivity. It’s unconscionable that we have such disparities in neighborhoods and how more and more people are forced out of communities they called home for decades. As a councilman I’ll make sure development budgets are done meaningfully, that proper oversight is done in hearings, and that planning initiatives are done with proper public input and as part of a comprehensive strategy that puts inclusivity at the top of its priorities.

      Imagine you’ve just been elected the NYC Council Member for CD 36. How do you plan to engage its residents? How will you include individuals and community organizations in policy decisions that affect them?
      As a councilman I’d continue to hit the streets, attend meetings, visit homes, churches, organizations, and other groups. I believe that as a public servant it’s my job to engage them on their terms, not have them have to look for me. That said, I’d also make sure my district office was a clearinghouse of information and a true resource for advocacy. I’d make sure my newsletters went out timely and that each allowed for public input. I’d make sure I held quarterly town hall meetings as well as allowed for electronic access to me via email, Web, or social networks.

      What is the greatest mistake you believe you have made in your professional career and what did you learn from it?
      I’ve worked myself too hard on several occasions. I’ve learned over time to set reasonable limits on myself. Sometimes I forget those lessons but thanks to a beautiful wife and wonderful children I’m reminded daily of the reason I’m running for office: to make our community a better place for them and all of us.

      Describe what you think CD 36 will look and be like after four years of you being in office.
      The economy will have recovered. Our retail strip will have seen facade improvements and better access to government services to assist them in business, not hinder them. A number of new affordable housing development initiatives will be underway in the district. Access to higher education and job training will be easy to find and obtain. Reforms in city policy that impact the district like “Stop and Frisk” will have been passed and implemented. Residents will feel more engaged than ever.

      Reprinted as submitted by candidate.

    • On the Issues

      Check back during the campaign season for candidate questionnaire responses on education, food sovereignty and stop-and-frisk!
    • New York State Voting Record

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      Voting records are drawn from County Boards of Elections, New York Secretary of State and Catalist.

    • Show Me the Money

      Total campaign funds raised: $34,775
      Total campaign dollars spent: $24,559
      Total cash on hand: $10,176
      Single largest donation during last filing period*: $2,750 from Thomas Keller of Brisa Builders Corp.
      Single largest expense during last filing period: $1,100 to the ThinkWin Group for fundraising
      Paid campaign consultants: John Flateau Enterprises, Inc. and Sandy

      All information is current as of the Campaign Finance Board’s May 15, 2013 filing deadline, which requires disclosure of funds raised from March 12, 2013 to May 11, 2013. View Robert Cornegy’s detailed CFB filing information here.

      *$2,750 is the maximum contribution amount in a New York City Council race which qualifies for public matching funds. Read more about 2013 campaign limits here.

    • In Living Color

      Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. addressing Central Brooklynites at the Candidate Meet and Greet co-hosted by the Brooklyn Movement Center, the Brown Community Development Corporation, and FUREE on May 20th, 2013.

  • kirsten

    The Basics

    Campaign Website: http://www.kirstenjohnfoy.com
    Campaign Phone Number: (347) 815-4369
    General Information Campaign Email Address: foy2013@gm[email protected]
    Candidate Occupation (currently or prior to running for City Council): Advisor President Amalgamated Transit Union

        Reprinted as submitted by the candidate.

    • Candidate Questionnaire

      What accomplishment in New York City (NYC) Council District (CD) 36, which no other candidate can claim, would you say most qualifies you to represent it?
      In 2009 Rev Taharka Robinson and I led a movement to reform the rent to own industry We went to jail 4 times protesting at stores in the 36th council district. In 2010 Governor David Paterson signed a bill which requires simplified rental agreements and greater transparency in fee assessments. In 2010 Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Eric Adams introduced a bill that would prohibit NYPD from maintaining an electronic database of hundreds of thousands of innocent people stopped and frisked. As the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the Public Advocate I built the support necessary to persuade Governor Paterson to sign it. I was the principal individual charged with that task, as was cited by the New York Times profile of me from September 26, 2011. The third piece of legislation is particularly relevant because it is local legislation that I was charged with ushering safely through the council.

      As you’ve campaigned and listened to CD 36 residents, what kind of social, economic or political change do you think they want most?
      The elimination of stop and frisk as a crime suppression policy, the creation of new local businesses, vreater access to employment opportunities. and the reform of our schools.

      What will be your greatest legislative priority as the NYC Council Member for CD 36? How will you specifically use your powers as a councilperson to address that issue over the next four years?
      The are 3 top legislative priorities 1- the creation of a progressive resident take rebate and abatement system based on longevity of ownership. 2- there directing of all revenues derived from fees, fines and summonses from the city’s general revenue account to local community development funds managed by the community boards for the purpose of providing micro loans to businesses and other economic and social development purposes. This would both eliminate the perverse incentive to close budget gaps through excessive fines as well as proved a new source of capital for small business to access. 3- the creation of a family justice center and community court in the 36th district, like the one in red hook. This is a critical piece of social infrastructure necessary to accelerate the decrimilazation of the urban condition.

      Imagine you’ve just been elected the NYC Council Member for CD 36. How do you plan to engage its residents? How will you include individuals and community organizations in policy decisions that affect them?
      Over communication through traditional and digital media and canvassing with the residents on issues of local government pertaining to their lives. And I would bring participatory budgeting to the 36th district and commit 1 million dollars to its programming.

      What is the greatest mistake you believe you have made in your professional career and what did you learn from it?
      I quota lucrative and promises corporate job in an instance of great emotion and passion. It was the right decision but it was not deliberated sufficiently not executed most professionally or strategically. Never make decisions in the heat of the moment

      Describe what you think CD 36 will look and be like after four years of you being in office.
      If I am elected the district will be more hopeful about its prospects for police community relations, public education, employment, and youth development attheendof my first term. Through greater engagement with our most at risk residents we will work to ensure thatthey receive a greater proportion of services that are necessary for long term transformation of lives. We will have more locally grown businesses, a strong vibrant senior population, and a stabilized real estate market.

      Reprinted as submitted by the candidate.

    • On the Issues

      Education

      Check back during the campaign season for candidate questionnaire responses food sovereignty and public safety! Also read this candidate’s campaign platform here.

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    • New York State Voting Record

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      Voting records are drawn from County Boards of Elections, New York Secretary of State and Catalist.

    • Show Me the Money

      Total campaign funds raised: $43,777
      Total campaign dollars spent: $27,872
      Total cash on hand: $15,905
      Single largest donation during last filing period*: $2,750 from the United Federation of Teachers
      Single largest expense during last filing period: $5,000 to Martin E. Connor for petitioning counseling
      Paid campaign consultants: Connective Strategies

      All information is current as of the Campaign Finance Board’s May 15, 2013 filing deadline, which requires disclosure of funds raised from March 12, 2013 to May 11, 2013. View Kirsten Foy’s detailed CFB filing information here.

      *$2,750 is the maximum contribution amount in a New York City Council race which qualifies for public matching funds. Read more about 2013 campaign limits here.

    • In Living Color

      Kirsten Joy Foy addressing Central Brooklynites at the Candidate Meet and Greet co-hosted by the Brooklyn Movement Center, the Brown Community Development Corporation, and FUREE on May 20th, 2013.

  • 972200_1391457587739672_2090272487_n1The Basics

    Campaign Website: http://swiney2013campaign.com
    Campaign Phone Number: (347) 369-3810
    General Information Campaign Email Address[email protected]
    Candidate Occupation (currently or prior to running for City Council): CEO, CFO

    Reprinted as submitted by the candidate.

    • Candidate Questionnaire

      What accomplishment in New York City (NYC) Council District (CD) 36, which no other candidate can claim, would you say most qualifies you to represent it? 

      Working with young men and women of all ages

      Training our communities,Creating job

      Working to keep our Medical Center open

      Cleaning up our parks

      Hosting event that matter in the lives of all people

      As you’ve campaigned and listened to CD 36 residents, what kind of social, economic or political change do you think they want most? 

      Better quality of life the gun play need to end and will end no one can go to park without thinking a shooting may happen (Crime) is a big one

      Rents that all everyone is talking about

      Better food like to buy in the community but the food is to high so I go outside the district that will change and I have away to do it

      Our sanitation truck need to come from our district 36

      Community dignity is missing fix the roads let talk to the police let have respect for each other .

      But the number one thing is Al Vann stay to long and we don’t want more of the same and you just may get it if you don’t come out in large number and vote for Reginald Swiney who has a Clear Venison .

      What will be your greatest legislative priority as the NYC Council Member for CD 36? How will you specifically use your powers as a councilperson to address that issue over the next four years?

      The people of the community they must stay on top of their councilperson like other district do .The community must lay down a plan and a scope of work he need to work hard on the goal and the will of district that all .

      Councilperson need a home work each day he work at the goal with the help of the
      community everyone come out work hard for a better quality of life for all

      Cleaner street we all help work make the school better come up with a district plan

      Imagine you’ve just been elected the NYC Council Member for CD 36. How do you plan to engage its residents? How will you include individuals and community organizations in policy decisions that affect them? TOWN HALL MEETING ASAP

      What is the greatest mistake you believe you have made in your professional career and what did you learn from it? none

      Describe what you think CD 36 will look and be like after four years of you being in office. QUALITY OF LIFE BETTER FOR ALL

      Reprinted as submitted by the candidate.

    • On the Issues

      Check back during the campaign season for candidate questionnaire responses on educationfood sovereignty and stop-and-frisk! For now, read this candidate’s campaign platform here.

    • New York State Voting Record

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      November 2010 (Congressional Race)

       

      check mark2November 2009 (NYC Mayoral Race)

       

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      Voting records are drawn from County Boards of Elections, New York Secretary of State and Catalist.

    • Show Me the Money

      Total campaign funds raised: n/a
      Total campaign dollars spent: n/a
      Total cash on hand: n/a
      Single largest donation during last filing period*: n/a
      Single largest expense during last filing period: n/a
      Paid campaign consultants: n/a

      All information is current as of the Campaign Finance Board’s May 15, 2013 filing deadline, which requires disclosure of funds raised from March 12, 2013 to May 11, 2013. View Akiel Taylor’s detailed CFB filing information here.

      *$2,750 is the maximum contribution amount in a New York City Council race which qualifies for public matching funds. Read more about 2013 campaign limits here.

  • conrad tillard

    The Basics

    Campaign Website: http://conradforcouncil.com
    Campaign Phone Number: (347) 254-9179
    General Information Campaign Email Address: [email protected]
    Candidate Occupation (currently or prior to running for City Council): Senior Minister, Nazarene Congregational Church

    Reprinted as submitted by the candidate.

    • Candidate Questionnaire

      What accomplishment in New York City (NYC) Council District (CD) 36, which no other candidate can claim, would you say most qualifies you to represent it? I have been entirely dedicated to improving the broad needs of the community, from organizing and hosting town hall meetings at Nazarene on issues ranging from Stop and Frisk to the fight to keep Interfaith Hospital open to serving on the Community Advisory Board at Boys and Girls High School and Bedford Academy . I am also a Co-Chair of The Stakeholders Committee to Improve Educational Standards in Central Brooklyn.

      We also have a community based church that is also a center for culture and education. Nazarene is the site of one of the oldest early childhood educational centers in Central Brooklyn. We have exposed our community to some of Americas brightest lights including; NAACP head Ben Todd Jealous, Harvard Law School Professor Charles Olgletree and Wynton Marsalis to name a few. My ministry is spiritual, social and political.

      As you’ve campaigned and listened to CD 36 residents, what kind of social, economic or political change do you think they want most? I have heard very clearly the resident of CD 36 and they are concerned about this community continuing to be a place that they can afford to call home. Folks have great anxiety that in the midst of rapid changes to the community that they will be left out.

      There is also great concern about the quality of our schools, folks who are purchasing homes from $700k- 1.3 Million are wondering why are we so challenged in terms of educational options. Indeed people district wide in spite of their economic status are looking for better schools in the 36th district.

      Crime and violence are topics I hear about frequently, in addition to Landmarking, which is a topic in which I hear strong opinions on both sides. Residents want me, if elected to the council to change garbage pick up to twice weekly instead of four times as it currently.

      What will be your greatest legislative priority as the NYC Council Member for CD 36? How will you specifically use your powers as a councilperson to address that issue over the next four years? My number one priority in the council will be to work with the new Mayor and council members to create an educational system in which Mayoral Control, will be ceded to a greater extent to local stakeholders, and to insure that the next Chancellor of the our school system is an educator. Also I would work to insure that we have greater oversight of charter schools.

      Imagine you’ve just been elected the NYC Council Member for CD 36. How do you plan to engage its residents? How will you include individuals and community organizations in policy decisions that affect them? My first task will be to assemble the finest and most competent staff available in the district to insure that my office would be ready from day one, to provided excellent and responsive constituent services. We will organize a listening tour in varied section of the district and a conference of leaders, and community stakeholders to identity their priorities in the district partnering with longtime and new leaders in the community trying to build our community raisons d’être .

      I see the role of the council person as that of a facilitator of the vast human capital in our district, bring people together and marrying people with information and resources that are available.

      What is the greatest mistake you believe you have made in your professional career and what did you learn from it? I do not look at my professional career in that way, though we all make mistakes and I have made a number of them I suppose. I rather look at life as a progression of experiences. I like the phrase ” life is in the journey and not in the destination”.

      As one who spent a number of years in the Black Nationalist movement, I have moved onto a more inclusive world view,but my time spent in those movements working among some of the more alienated groups and individuals in society is why I am most uniquely qualified candidate to represent CD36 for my experiences have taken my from the streets to the suites and in a diverse district like ours you have to be able to relate to everyone, in order to serve.

      Describe what you think CD 36 will look and be like after four years of you being in office. The 36th continues to be the vibrant local community that it has always been, and we have had added to that greatness a renaissance of small businesses that provide quality goods and services to local residents in order to improve the local economy keeping dollars circulating in the 36th, and mitigating joblessness. I expect that Boys and Girls High has become a model school attracting local residents as a first option for their children. We will have improved the elementary and middle schools as well.

      We’ll have created housing that will include market rate housing but also housing that will seamlessly create communities that bring the affluent together with the middle class and our low income neighbors through subsidies we can get developers to help us create sustainable green communities and leave no one behind. Finally, after my first term we will be a community with a can do spirit!

      Reprinted as submitted by the candidate.

    • On the Issues

      Check back during the campaign season for candidate questionnaire responses on educationfood sovereignty and stop-and-frisk! For now, read this candidate’s campaign platform here.

    • New York State Voting Record

      check mark2November 2012 (Presidential & Congressional Races)

       

      check mark2November 2010 (Congressional Race)

       

      check mark2November 2009 (NYC Mayoral Race)

       

      check mark2November 2008 (Presidential & Congressional Races)

       

      Voting records are drawn from County Boards of Elections, New York Secretary of State and Catalist.

    • Show Me the Money

      Total campaign funds raised: $13,723
      Total campaign dollars spent: $3,246
      Total cash on hand: $10,477
      Single largest donation during last filing period*: $1,600 from Element 9
      Single largest expense during last filing period: $1,600 to Element 9 for website and design
      Paid campaign consultants: Daniel Kadin

      All information is current as of the Campaign Finance Board’s May 15, 2013 filing deadline, which requires disclosure of funds raised from March 12, 2013 to May 11, 2013. View Conrad Tillard’s detailed CFB filing information here.

      *$2,750 is the maximum contribution amount in a New York City Council race which qualifies for public matching funds. Read more about 2013 campaign limits here.

    • In Living Color

      Conrad Tillard addressing Central Brooklynites at the Candidate Meet and Greet co-hosted by the Brooklyn Movement Center, the Brown Community Development Corporation, and FUREE on May 20th, 2013.

  • robertw

    The Basics

    Campaign Website: http://robertmwaterman.com
    Campaign Phone Number: (347) 587-9595
    General Information Campaign Email Address: [email protected]
    Candidate Occupation (currently or prior to running for City Council): Pastor Teacher Sole Proprietor

    Reprinted as submitted by the candidate.

     

    • Candidate Questionnaire

      What accomplishment in New York City (NYC) Council District (CD) 36, which no other candidate can claim, would you say most qualifies you to represent it?

      As a pastor in this community for over 11 years I know the stories of over 100′s families in our community. That first hand knowledge of the issues that matter on the ground sets me apart and I am proud to have been touched by so many lives in our community.For the past 6 years I have been the 5th president over AACEO (African American Clergy Elected Official Organization) that builds relationship between Clergy, Elect Officials and CBOs in the community to discuss and solve issues that affects our community. Also I have created and currently running programs like Rebounding Math and Youth Entrepreneurship program in the school system.

      As you’ve campaigned and listened to CD 36 residents, what kind of social, economic or political change do you think they want most? In the wake of the tragedy over the weekend in our community I am disheartened to come to the realization that what our community needs most is stronger public safety. In the City Council I will work to make our streets safe, so that our children can feel safe walking to and from school, so that families can thrive and so our youth stay away from gangs. Community Residence are disappointed with the direction that the Department of Education has gone. They are dissatisfied with the closing of schools and lottery system that seems to excludes their children.

      What will be your greatest legislative priority as the NYC Council Member for CD 36? How will you specifically use your powers as a councilperson to address that issue over the next four years? My priority is making sure our community is livable. My top priority is to make Affordable Housing truly affordable. In the City Council I will fight to protect and renovate to units our community has and work to build new ones. Our community is plagued by developers with empty promises In the Council I will work on legislation that better clarifies the lines of transparency so that our community truly understand the impact of each and every new construction. Also NYCHA is being mismanaged with little to no oversight or real accountability. I believe we need a new affordable housing initiative to create new long-term affordable housing units. We also need to reform NYCHA so that tenant presidents and NYCHA residents have greater input over NYCHA operations. There needs to be a tracking system and a permissible timeline for when repairs have to take place by.

      Imagine you’ve just been elected the NYC Council Member for CD 36. How do you plan to engage its residents? How will you include individuals and community organizations in policy decisions that affect them? As a NYC Council Member, I will continue to engage the community through residence, block associations, community boards, faith base and ask for their help and support in reaching out beyond their perspective areas. I will work with our local schools to empower and educate the youth and I will reach out to our small businesses and offer them support. I will call town hall meetings, working with the district leader, through out the community using churches, centers and schools to include them in policy decisions.

      What is the greatest mistake you believe you have made in your professional career and what did you learn from it? I believe that the greatest mistake that I made in my professional career is starting my education in my mid twenties. I was in the engineering business for over twenty years when the market fail and the construction business died up. I learned that the lack of education forced me into unemployment. I started my educational career starting with my Associates in Public Administration, Bachelor in Political Sciences, Master in Divinity and Doctorate degree. I am now a Pastor of an historical church, public school teacher and Sole Proprietor of a Sober Lounge.

      Describe what you think CD 36 will look and be like after four years of you being in office. Four years is short, but I will work tirelessly to see that our community experiences a rebirth. I will work with law enforcement to create community watch programs, I will meet with our schools principals and teachers to create programs that help our youth learn new skills and I will fight to improve an regenerate our affordable housing. In four years I expect to see the thriving community I only dream of now, where it’s safe to raise a family, where good paying jobs are available and where our children will thrive.

      Reprinted as submitted by the candidate.

    • On the Issues

      Check back during the campaign season for candidate questionnaire responses on educationfood sovereignty and stop-and-frisk!

      For now, read this candidate’s campaign platform here.

    • New York State Voting Record

      check mark2November 2012 (Presidential & Congressional Races)

       

      check mark2November 2010 (Congressional Race)

       

      check mark2November 2009 (NYC Mayoral Race)

       

      check mark2November 2008 (Presidential & Congressional Races)

       

      Voting records are drawn from County Boards of Elections, New York Secretary of State and Catalist.

    • Show Me the Money

      Total campaign funds raised: $37,482
      Total campaign dollars spent: $11,395
      Total cash on hand: $26,087
      Single largest donation during last filing period*: $500 from Peter Heltzer
      Single largest expense during last filing period: $3,000 to The Advance Group for campaign consulting and consulting services
      Paid campaign consultants: The Advance Group

      All information is current as of the Campaign Finance Board’s May 15, 2013 filing deadline, which requires disclosure of funds raised from March 12, 2013 to May 11, 2013. View Robert Waterman’s detailed CFB filing information here.

      *$2,750 is the maximum contribution amount in a New York City Council race which qualifies for public matching funds. Read more about 2013 campaign limits here.

    • In Living Color

      Robert M. Waterman addressing Central Brooklynites at the Candidate Meet and Greet co-hosted by the Brooklyn Movement Center, the Brown Community Development Corporation, and FUREE on May 20th, 2013.