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Manhattan Borough President


The office of borough president was created at the time of the consolidation of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island into the City of Greater New York in 1898. The idea of borough president, the charter said, was to preserve "local pride and affection." But the presidents' heyday drew to an end in 1989 when the Board of Estimate was eliminated and their powers diminished. Today, the borough presidents make a few appointments, chair the borough boards, and oversee the delivery of services in their boroughs. They can also propose legislation in City Council. (Adapted from "Being Borough President," Gotham Gazette, 2005)

 

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Candidates

Gale Brewer

Gale Brewer (D)

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Biography: Council Member Gale A. Brewer has represented the Upper West Side and northern Clinton since 2002. She currently chairs the Committee on Government Operations. Brewer serves on the board of directors of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee; she also sits on Advisory Committees to CUNY/John Jay College and CUNY Macaulay Honors College. Before her tenure on the council, Brewer served as a deputy to Public Advocate Mark Green, was the project manager for the NYC Nonprofits Project and worked with the Telesis Corp., a private affordable housing firm. Gale will be term limited in 2013.

 

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Candidates

Gale Brewer

Gale Brewer (D)

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Biography: Council Member Gale A. Brewer has represented the Upper West Side and northern Clinton since 2002. She currently chairs the Committee on Government Operations. Brewer serves on the board of directors of the Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Committee; she also sits on Advisory Committees to CUNY/John Jay College and CUNY Macaulay Honors College. Before her tenure on the council, Brewer served as a deputy to Public Advocate Mark Green, was the project manager for the NYC Nonprofits Project and worked with the Telesis Corp., a private affordable housing firm. Gale will be term limited in 2013.

 

 

Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson (D)

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Biography: Robert Jackson's political career began with his 1986 election to the Community School Board 6. He and this board gained notoriety in 1991 when they founded the Campaign for Fiscal Equality, which successfully sued the state of New York over what they deemed was an unconstitutional school funding method. In 2001 he was elected to the City Council, representing parts of Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights, West Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.

 

 

Jessica Lappin

Jessica Lappin (D)

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Biography: Jessica Lappin, who was elected to the City Council in 2005, chairs the Aging Committee. A native New Yorker, Lappin graduated from Stuyvesant High School. She earned her bachelor's in government from Georgetown University, graduating with honors. Before being elected to the council, she served as an aide to former City Council Speaker Gifford Miller. Lappin will be term limited in 2017.

 

 

Julie Menin

Julie Menin (D)

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Biography: Menin is the former chairwoman of Community Board 1 in Lower Manhattan. She has appeared on multiple cable news networks as a political television news commentator and used to host her own show on MSNBC. She has written for many print and online publications as well.

 

 



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