Vote Tomorrow! – Paul’s 2012 NYC Primary Voter Guide

This year’s NY Democratic Primary election has been moved to Tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 13th. In addition to a change of date, redistricting has put many of us in new districts, and many poll sites have been changed.  Even if you think you know your poll site, I encourage you to check at http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps/index.htm. Polls will be open from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM Tomorrow, Thursday September 13th.

Below are my endorsements in seven selected races in Lower Manhattan and around the city.  Please feel free to reach out to me about these candidates or any other races or issues.

1) Rita Mella for Manhattan Surrogate’s Court JudgeAll of Manhattan

The Surrogate’s Court oversees estates, wills, adoptions and guardianship proceedings. It touches many thousands of lives every year, often when people are at their most vulnerable.  In this race, I emphatically endorse Judge Rita Mella (http://www.mellaforsurrogate.org/).  Rita Mella sees the Surrogate’s Court as not just about wealthy estates and art collections.  She focuses on smaller estates and is passionate about the court’s role in emancipating adult developmentally disabled people.  She is one of the kindest, smartest and most compassionate judicial candidates I’ve ever seen.

Mella has been endorsed by The New York Times, El Diario, Downtown Independent Democrats, Stonewall Democrats and more.  She was found “Most Highly Qualified” by the Independent Judicial Screening Panel.  Judge Rita Mella has the experience, integrity and perspective vital to this important court. Please vote for her tomorrow.

2) Lincoln Restler for Democratic State Committee –50th AD – Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Ft. Greene

Lincoln Restler proves, more than anyone in NYC, why District Leaders and State Committeemembers can be important.  Because of the latest spate of scandals in Albany, we have the best chance in a lifetime to actually reform the broken Brooklyn Democratic Party.  No Brooklyn leader has been more of a force for change in recent years than Lincoln Restler.  Lincoln is an incredible organizer, a tireless campaigner and a strong, progressive voice.  Brooklyn and the NY Democratic Party can not afford to lose him.

I strongly endorse Lincoln Restler for reelection (http://www.lincolnrestler.org/).  This is expected to be an extremely close election.  Please be sure to vote.

3) Brad Hoylman for State Senate  – 27th SDWest Side of Manhattan, Stuy Town, East Village

State Senator Tom Duane is retiring after 14 distinguished years in Albany. In the election to replace him, I endorse Brad Hoylman (http://bradhoylman.com/).  Hoylman is clearly the most qualified of three well-intentioned candidates.  Brad is a fellow District Leader, and is the Chair of Community Board 2, where he’s worked to get additional schools and affordable housing.  Brad has been endorsed by The New York Times, TenantsPAC, The Working Families Party, The League of Conservation Voters, Downtown Independent Democrats and many many more.

4) Brian Kavanagh for State Assembly 74th AD – L.E.S., East Village, Stuy Town, Gramercy, Murray Hill, Kips Bay

The northern end of my district (parts of the East Village, Village View, First Houses) has been redistricted into a the 74th Assembly District. In the 74th, I enthusiastically encourage you to vote for Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh (http://www.briankavanagh.org/).  Brian is one of the smartest, hardest working legislators in Albany.   Kavanagh merits reelection because of his work for a more open political process, affordable housing, tenant rights, urban environmental solutions, gun control, and more.

5) Nily Rozic for State Assembly25th AD – Fresh Meadows, Bayside and environs, Queens

If you live in this part of Queens, I ask you to vote for Nily Rozic for Assembly (http://nilyrozic.org/) tomorrow.  It’s never been clearer why we need more progressive, reform-minded women in Albany.  I’ve known Nily through her work with Assemblymember Kavanagh.  She has the mind of a great legislator and the energy or a brilliant organizer.  She’s been a big part of efforts to reform NY’s elections process and more.  Nily has been endorsed by The New York Times, Women’s Campaign Fund, Citizen’s Action and many others.

6) Jo Anne Simon for Democratic State Committee – 52nd AD – Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, DUMBO, Boerum Hill, Park Slope.

A dedicated community activist and attorney, Jo Anne has been a leader in the fight against Vito Lopez’s broken political machine for years.  With the possibility of real change on the horizon, it’s imperative that she be reelected on Thursday.  I encourage all Democrats in brownstone Brooklyn to vote for Jo Anne Simon tomorrow (http://www.joannesimonforbrooklyn.com/).

7) Jason Otaño for State Senate – 18th SD – Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick

North Brooklyn voters have another opportunity to strike a blow at the party bosses and get a dynamic, progressive State Senator in the process.  Otaño knows the issues facing Brooklynites intimately, and I guarantee you he’ll work hard in Albany.  The Daily News recently described Jason’s opponent as “an undistinguished soldier of the scandal-scarred county Democratic boss.”  I couldn’t have said it better.  I’m proud to endorse for Jason Otaño for State Senate.  (http://jasonotano.com/ )

After tomorrow’s primaries, we face an extremely important national election in November.  I spent last week in Charlotte at the Democratic National Convention, and am fired up to reelect President Barack Obama, retake the U.S. House starting with picking up four Congressional seats right here in New York, and to retake the New York State Senate so we can start delivering on the affordable housing, quality schools, livable streets and access to healthcare that our neighborhoods, our city and our country deserve.

Thank you.

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