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Down to the Finish
September 14th, 2009

With the primary campaign in its final day, Gotham Gazette has reports from two districts where incumbents tarnished by the City Council slush fund scandal are fighting to hold on to their seats.

In District 12 (Co-op City), Larry Seabrook, whos been accused of designating money for a group he himself incorporated and of nepotism, fights to hold off two challengers. For more, see Seabrook Aims for Another Term.

Across the city in East Flatbush, five contenders seek to topple another slush fund “tarnishee” Kendall Stewart, two of whose aides pleaded guilty to embezzlement charges. Newspaper accounts tag him as a slumlord, and he trumpets endorsements from fellow politicians who say they do not support him. Despite all this, there’s general agreement it would be a mistake to count him out. For more, see In East Flatbush, the Incumbent is the Issue.

Also today, Gotham Gazette reports on the race in upper Manhattan where one candidate wants to ban cars — and defeat incumbent Robert Jackson. And we go to Queens to cover the weird and volatile contest in Jamaica’s 28th District and the crowded field in the Rockaways.

For a complete list of Gotham Gazette election coverage along with the citywide contests, elections facts and those bottom of the ballot races, see our Guide for the Last Minute (Primary) Voter.

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