Wednesday evening, Professor Doug Muzzio moderated a council speaker forum at Baruch College. Seven contenders participated; Jumaane Williams, Dan Garodnick, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Annabel Palma, James Vacca, Mark Weprin and Inez Dickens.
Following the forum, we spoke with Council Member Karen Koslowitz about the race, how it’s shaping up with her fellow council members and when she expects the winner to be identified. Koslowitz, a Queens Democrat, was elected to office in 2009 and re-elected this year. She previously served on the Council from 1991-2001.
(Lots more video on the full page.)
Update – Andrew Cohen:
We also spoke with Council Member-elect Andrew Cohen about the race.
Update #2 – Progressive Bloc/Sandy/Baseball:
In this segment, the candidates discuss the “progressive bloc”, with the two speaker candidate members of the bloc pointedly distinguishing it from the “Progressive Caucus.”
In this segment moderator Doug Muzzio asks the candidates about post-Sandy sustainability and resiliency. He accurately notes that “this is not a 60 second question”, but given the time constraints of the forum must nonetheless pose it as one.
Boo Red Sox
For a lighter moment, moderator Doug Muzzio goes to the favorite political/emotional flashpoint of 2013: the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Be sure to watch our coverage from the Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens #NextSpeaker forums.