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by Gotham Gazette Staff, Aug 03, 2013
 

 

School overcrowding, the need for affordable housing and reform of how the next City Council and mayor work together are some of the issues in the race. In the primary, there were seven candidates vying for the seat being vacated by Councilwoman Gale Brewer, who is term-limited and running for Manhattan borough president. That number has been whittled down to four in the general election, including Democrat Helen K. Rosenthal.

GENERAL

Marc Landis

Marc A. Landis (WF)

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Biography: Landis is the chair of a real estate development company. He gained recognition when he represented a group of Upper West Side parents who sued to block a charter school from moving into a public school building. He is currently the chair of real estate development at Phillips Nizer LLP. He served on Community Board 7, but unsuccessfully ran for New York state Assembly in 2006. Landis holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, an LLM in taxation from the New York School of Law, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Harry DeMell (R)

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Helen Rosenthal

Helen K Rosenthal (D)

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Biography: Rosenthal, a longtime Upper West Side resident, worked in the city's budget office under former Mayor David Dinkins. As a two-time chair of Community Board 7, Rosenthal worked to promote gun safety. She has also served on many women’s rights organizations, including NARAL Pro-Choice America and Womencare. A Detroit native, Rosenthal studied public policy at Michigan State University before receiving a master’s in Public Health from Yale University.

Thomas Siracuse

Thomas Siracuse (G)

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Biography: Siracuse, a Green Party candidate, previously ran for state Senate to represent the 29th district.

PRIMARY

Ken C. Biberaj

Ken C. Biberaj (D)

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Biography: Biberaj, a lawyer, is the vice president of the the Russian Tea Room and played a big role in the restaurant's reopening in 2006. Before earning his law degree from New York University, Biberaj worked on the 2004 John Kerry for President campaign. He attended American University and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Debra Cooper

Debra Cooper (D)

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Biography: Cooper, a longtime community activist, is a Democratic State Committee member representing the 67th Assembly District. The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Cooper has devoted her life to public service an sits on the New York Board of the National Jewish Democratic Council. She has also held positions with the state's Clinton/Gore re-election campaign and was a founding member of the Democratic National Committee’s Women Leadership Forum. Cooper graduated from Brandeis University and earned a master’s in education from Boston College.

Marc Landis

Marc A. Landis (D)

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Biography: Landis is the chair of a real estate development company. He gained recognition when he represented a group of Upper West Side parents who sued to block a charter school from moving into a public school building. He is currently the chair of real estate development at Phillips Nizer LLP. He served on Community Board 7, but unsuccessfully ran for New York state Assembly in 2006. Landis holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University, an LLM in taxation from the New York School of Law, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Noah Gotbaum

Noah Gotbaum (D)

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Biography: Gotbaum, stepson of former Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, is the president of Community Education Council District 3. A co-founder of New York Cares volunteer organization, Gotbaum announced his intention to run for public advocate before dropped out in late February to run for City Council. He received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and a master’s in business at the Yale School of Management.

Helen Rosenthal

Helen K Rosenthal (D)

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Biography: Rosenthal, a longtime Upper West Side resident, worked in the city's budget office under former Mayor David Dinkins. As a two-time chair of Community Board 7, Rosenthal worked to promote gun safety. She has also served on many women’s rights organizations, including NARAL Pro-Choice America and Womencare. A Detroit native, Rosenthal studied public policy at Michigan State University before receiving a master’s in Public Health from Yale University.

Thomas Siracuse

Thomas Siracuse (G)

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Biography: Siracuse, a Green Party candidate, previously ran for state Senate to represent the 29th district.

 

Mel Wymore

Mel Wymore (D)

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Biography: Wymore, a systems engineer and entrepreneur, is hoping to become New York City’s first transgender City Council member. A longtime participant in local politics, he has served as chair of Community Board 7 and worked with small organizations to provide social services. He grew up in Arizona.


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