There will a runoff election for Public Advocate between Tish James and Daniel Squadron and there may be a runoff between Bill de Blasio and Bill Thompson for the Democratic nomination for mayor.
The runoff elections will be important in sharpening, spotlighting and raising the profile of the library debate. Both James and de Blasio have spoken out against the library sales and shrinkages. The contrast between James and her opponent is especially sharp: Squadron, taking campaign money from the NYPL's Offensend, is favoring the sale of the Brooklyn Heights library in his own district and refusing to oppose other library sales including the CLP. (See link below to CDL’s Public Advocate candidates forum which is worth sharing with others.)
We can also expect that an electorate informed about the library issues will vote fro Tish James. Its very important for those caring about the libraries to vote and be communicating about these issues.
The Citizens United case, and the funding it unleashed, brought spending discrepancies to local New York City elections during the primary that should have most of us aghast. The real estate industry formed a PAC “Jobs For New York” that flooded money into the races. For instance, in the primary race for the 35th New York City Council seat (to replace Tish James) candidate Ede Fox (recommended by Citizens Defending Libraries and the New York Times) raised $125,484 from local community support, more than any other candidate in the race and close to the $160,000 cap permitted under election laws. That was the sum total of her spending in the campaign. Her principal opponent, Laurie A. Cumbo, raised $103,486 to spend on her campaign. That should say something about the candidates’ relative level of support before the real estate industry arrived on the scene. In the end, with money flooding in from the real estate industry Cumbo campaign was supported by $371,825 in spending, about three times what Fox raised.. . . Not surprisingly Ms. Cumbo won.
Even though both candidates, Fox and Cumbo, signed the Citizens Defending Libraries petition and tell us they are supportive of libraries this is not good.
The chart below is from Atlantic Yards Report: Tuesday, September 10, 2013, The race to the wire in the 35th Council District: new endorsements, negative mailers, misleading "teams" with Tish James, and the Jobs for New York battleground.
* Noticing New York: Empty Bookshelves As Library Officials Formulate A New Vision of Libraries: A Vision Where The Real Estate Will Be Sold Off (Saturday, September 14, 2013)
* Invitation From Judi Francis to those wanting to save the libraries: she is holding a fund raiser for Tish James for public advocate this WEDNESDAY, Sept 18th 6-8 PM at our home, 140 Pacific Street.
Regarding the run-off election (Tuesday, October 1st) Ms. Francis notes Tish, as the only true park advocate and environmentalist in this run off, is facing a huge funding disparity vs. Daniel Squadron. Come, enjoy food, and donate as much as you feel you can (we request $100 but we know some can give more, some less - all welcome)
Bring friends to hear from Tish James what she will do as Public Advocate (everyone is welcome and we do have fantastic kale and highland beef sausage plus vegan dishes)
Judi Francis 917-864-5282
jfrancis9-at-nyc.rr.com. Vote Oct 1