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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Photo Gallery: LIC Candidate Forum

Five local civic groups, Hearts Across Queens, Hunters Point Civic Association, Long Island City Coalition, PrimedOutNYC and Sunnyside Woodside Action Group, hosted a public advocate candidate forum at the Irish Center in Long Island City.  Candidates participating included Ben Yee, Danny O’Donnell, David Eisenbach, Dawn Smalls, Jumaane Williams, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Michael Blake, Nomiki Konst, Rafael Espinal and Ron Kim.  Ify Ike, previously a candidate but unsuccessful in getting on the February 26th ballot, also participated.  Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, who previously endorsed Jumaane Williams, was the only non-candidate elected official to attend.

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Photo Gallery: Ulrich On Staten Island

Eric Ulrich’s campaign for public advocate has Staten Island as as essential, and central, part of his potential path to victory.  A recent visit included a live-streamed appearance with a homeowner in Prince’s Bay and campaigning at a Shop-rite in Charleston.  He was joined by Council Member Joe Borelli and Assembly Member Mike Reilly in Prince’s Bay and by Reilly in Charleston.

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Photo Gallery: Candidate Debate & Protest

The first televised debate among public advocate candidates featured 10 contestants in an Errol Louis-moderated slugfest and a protest by one of the six candidates excluded from the debate.  The debate was hosted and televised by NY1.

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Photo Gallery: Medgar Evers PA Candidate Forum

Nine candidates attended a public advocate forum at Medgar Evers College sponsored by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Arena Summit and the Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter of Delta Rho Omega. Candidates included Dawn Smalls, Ben Yee, Jared Rich, Tony Herbert, Michael Blake, Ydanis Rodriguez, Rafael Espinal, Eric Ulrich and Jumaane Williams.

One of the three candidate panels was the complete set of current City Council members running for public advocate: Eric Ulrich, Rafael Espinal, Ydanis Rodriguez and Jumaane Williams.

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Photo Gallery: VIDA PA Candidate Forum

The Vanguard Independent Democratic Association drew eight public advocate candidates to a forum at Boys & Girls High School in Bed-Stuy.  Participating candidates included Ben Yee, Nomiki Konst, Dawn Smalls, Michael Blake, Jared Rich, Tony Herbert, Rafael Espinal and Jumaane Williams.  The forum was moderated by Esmeralda Simmons and Brian Vines.

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Photo Gallery: Astoria PA Forum

The Powhatan and Pocahontas Democratic Club and the Taminent Regular Democratic Club co-hosted a public advocate candidate forum that drew ten candidates to Astoria on a bitterly cold night.  Candidates attending included Ron Kim, Danny O’Donnell, Dawn Smalls, Jumaane Williams, Jared Rich, Ydanis Rodriguez, Michael Blake, David Eisenbach, Nomiki Konst and Rafael Espinal.

Neither club endorsed a candidate at the forum and it’s my understanding that neither club intends to endorse in the race.  Of the elected officials attending the forum, Council Member Costa Constantinides has endorsed Nomiki Konst and NYS Senator Michael Gianaris and Assembly Member Aravella Simotas each said that they have not endorsed in the race and are uncertain whether they’ll do so.

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Photo Gallery: Downtown Dem Clubs PA Forum

A group of downtown Manhattan Democratic Clubs jointly sponsored a public advocate candidate forum at the Educational Alliance’s Manny Cantor Center on East Broadway.  The Grand Street Democrats and several other Clubs co-sponsored the forum.

The forum drew 13 candidates who appeared in three panels before an audience of approximately 150 people: Panel #1 – Melissa Mark-Viverito, Eric Ulrich, Dawn Smalls and Rafael Espinal, Panel #2 – Ydanis Rodriguez, Ben Yee, Ron Kim, Jumaane Williams and Nomiki Konst and Panel #3 – Manny Alicandro, David Eisenbach, Tony Herbert and Jared Rich.

Clubs and organizations sponsoring the forum included Downtown Independent Democrats, Henry Street Settlement, United Democratic Organization, Coalition for a District Alternative, Village Independent Democrats, Village Reform Democratic Club, Chinese American Planning Council, United Neighborhood Houses, New Downtown Democrats, University Settlement, Grand Street Settlement and OCA-New York.

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Photo Gallery: Board of Elections Hearing

The Board of Elections made final determinations on the public advocate special election ballot, setting a ballot of 17 candidates.

The Board eliminated five candidates who sought to be on the ballot,  Ify Ike, Theo Chino, Mike Zumbluskas, Danniel Maio and Walter Iwachiw.  All but Ike were eliminated for filing insufficient signatures on their petitions while Ike was eliminated for failing to timely file a certificate of acceptance.  The Board placed candidate Helal Sheikh on the ballot despite Board staff having previously ruled he was ineligible due to a failure to identify on his petitions the election he was seeking to run in.

In a marked paradox the Board refused to remove candidate Latrice Walker from the ballot despite her attorney’s express request.  Walker submitted sufficient petition signatures and other required documents but subsequently decided to drop out of the race.  The Board ruled that it did not have authority to remove Walker and she is on the final ballot.

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