Photo Gallery: Dueling Pressers

An election-eve report that public advocate candidate Jumaane Williams was arrested in 2009 during a domestic dispute with his then-girlfriend prompted a pair of dueling election-eve press conferences outside Brooklyn Borough Hall.  Rival candidates Melissa Mark-Viverito and Nomiki Konst appeared first, expressing concerns over Williams’ reported arrest and actions and calling on him to disclose more information.  Shortly after they concluded a group of Williams supporters appeared, arguing that a written statement issued by Williams was sufficient.  That group included Jumaane Williams’ mother Pat Williams and senior advisor to the Williams campaign L. Joy Williams (no relation to the candidate).

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Photo Gallery: Ulrich In Boro Park & Crown Heights

Public advocate candidate Eric Ulrich’s electoral strategy included seeking a substantial amount of support from the orthodox communities of Borough  Park and Crown Heights.  Ulrich devoted many hours of campaigning to those neighborhoods.  In this set of visits Ulrich joined former Assembly member Dov Hikind for a walking tour in Borough Park.  They worked the crowd on a busy 13th Avenue, with some store visits and a pizzeria-based livestream.  Ulrich then headed to Crown Heights for an endorsement livestream with Rabbi Chanina Sperlin and Rabbi Nochum Gross.

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Photo Gallery: Canvassing With Espinal

Public advocate candidate Rafael Espinal’s closing campaign days included lots of canvassing, looking to get voters out for him with an in-person visit from volunteers.  Espinal, who’s run for office four times previously, went canvassing himself.  We joined him for a headquarters pep talk to his volunteers and some canvassing in Fort Greene.

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Photo Gallery: NAN Candidate Forum

The National Action Network hosted a public advocate candidate forum, drawing 12 candidates to its House of Justice in Harlem.  The Rev. Al Sharpton made opening remarks and introduced the candidates but did not moderate or attend the forum.  Candidates participating included Ydanis Rodriguez, Ben Yee, Jumaane Williams, Manny Alicandro, David Eisenbach, Tony Herbert, Nomiki Konst, Dawn Smalls, Ron Kim, Danny O’Donnell, Melissa Mark-Viverito and Michael Blake.

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Photo Gallery: After Leading Contenders TV Debate

NY1 broadcast the second and final televised public advocate candidate debate, held at Borough of Manhattan Community College.  The “leading contenders” debate featured seven candidates selected pursuant to NYC Campaign Finance Board criteria, Nomiki Konst, Michael Blake, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Dawn Smalls, Rafael Espinal, Jumaane Williams and Ron Kim.  Press photography of the debate was limited to only pool coverage, but full press access was allowed in the post-debate spin room.

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Photo Gallery: Frederick Samuel Forum

Harlem’s Frederick Samuel Democratic Club drew four candidates to a Harlem public advocate candidate forum co-sponsored by the Michelle Obama Community Democratic Club.  Danny O’Donnell, Dawn Smalls, Jumaane Williams and Michael Blake spoke separately, with Manhattan Democratic Chairman Keith Wright moderating.  The Frederick Samuel Club and Wright previously endorsed O’Donnell.

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Photo Gallery: Co-op City Candidate Forum

The Co-op City Working Families Party hosted a public advocate candidate forum, drawing nine candidates.  Dawn Smalls, Eric Ulrich and Manny Alicandro participated in the first panel discussion (which I did not attend), Ron Kim, Ben Yee, David Eisenbach, Rafael Espinal and Jumaane Williams participated in a second panel and Michael Blake was interviewed solo by moderator Ray Raimunidi.

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Photo Gallery: Bath Beach Candidate Forum

The United Progressive Democratic Club, led by Assembly Member William Colton, hosted a public advocate candidate forum at its Bath Beach headquarters.  Candidates participating included Jared Rich, Ben Yee, David Eisenbach, Rafael Espinal and Jumaane Williams.

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