Election time approaches
Cyril Josh Barker | 4/12/2011, 4:40 p.m.
Now that the petitions are in, the funds are raised and the candidates have been announced, elections for the race to City Hall are in full swing. Hundreds of people have gone leaps and bounds to make change in their community by getting on the ballot hoping to be elected to one of the 51 seats to represent their community.
While many people cut their attempts to run short due to the surprise of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's extension of term limits last year, several candidates are going head-to-head against long-time incumbents. Mixed in with a troubled economy, questions about public school control and changing demographics, the 2009 race is sure to be one to watch closely.
The New York Amsterdam News is covering 14 districts in the City Council race in neighborhoods with an over-whelming number of Black residents in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Here is a rundown of the candidates and issues.
District 7--West Harlem, parts of Washington Heights, Inwood, Central Harlem and Morningside While District 7 is the "hat of the
Harlem districts," the area is also known for its large Latino population making up nearly half of the district, particularly from the Dominican Republic. Issues for the district include affordable housing, crime, rezoning and education.
INCUMBENT: ROBERT JACKSON (RUNNING)
District 9--Central Harlem, Morningside Heights, Upper West Side and East Harlem
The changing demographic of Harlem has many pondering who will lead. With affordable housing and gentrification as key issues, crime and violence are also on top. Recent violence in the district has people scrambling for ways to get more jobs in the community as well as economic empowerment. Health care is also an issue.
INCUMBENT:INEZ DICKENS (RUNNING)
District 12--Edenwald, Co-Op City, Wakefield, Williamsbridge and Baychester Housing the nation's largest government-subsidized development, Co-Op City, District 12 has kept housing somewhat affordable thanks to the Mitchell-Lama law. But while affordable housing is a key focus for the district, education and unemployment are also on the table.
INCUMBENT:LARRY SEABROOKS (RUNNING)
Krystal Zamilla Serrano
District 16--West Bronx, Morrisania, South Bronx, Highbridge and Melrose
Known citywide as one of the poorest areas, District 16 residents have a median income level of $20,110. Health is also an issue for the district because the area has the city's highest HIV/AIDS and asthma rates. Along with having the city's highest number of young people, improvements in education is on the top of many candidates' lists.
INCUMBENT: HELEN FOSTER (RUNNING)
District 35--Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights and Prospect Heights
Seeing an influx of gentrification over the past several years, District 35 has its share of ups and downs. The area's income of its residents is just as diverse as the neighborhoods they live in. With large Caribbean, African and Hasidic Jewish populations, struggles continue to ease racial tensions.