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by Gotham Gazette, Aug 03, 2013
 

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Concerns regarding quality of life and overdevelopment have taken over the race to represent Roosevelt Island and some of the most affluent zip codes in the city on the Upper East Side. Three major projects that require substantial investment in infrastructure — a proposed marine waste transfer station on East 91st Street, the construction of the Second Avenue subway and the future Cornell NYC Tech campus on Roosevelt Island — promise to transform the district where Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Woody Allen and Spike Lee also live. The big initiatives have caused major uproar in their respective neighborhoods, and have been given attention from three of the four Democratic candidates running for the Council seat.

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With incumbent Jessica Lappin leaving the seat after a failed bid at the Manhattan borough president's seat, the race is competitive. After Benjamin Kallos defeated state Assemblyman Micah Kellner in the Democratic primary, it was expected that the general race would be a two-way fight between Kallos and Republican David Garland. But Kellner, who has faced allegations of sexually harassing female staff members during his time in Albany, decided to campaign on the Working Families Party line. Now it is a three-way race for the seat.

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Benjamin KallosDavid Garland (R)

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Biography: Garland is a management consultant in the financial services industry. He previously worked for the insurance giant AIG helping to restructure the company following the financial crisis. He ran unsuccessfully for state Senate in 2012 and has an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Benjamin Kallos

Benjamin J Kallos (D)

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Biography: Kallos is an attorney who left his private practice to serve as the chief of staff for Assemblyman Jonathan Bing of the 73rd district. As a member and co-chair of the Community Board 8 communications committee, Kallos worked with Council members to launch a website that made politicians' voting records public. The first-time candidate is a third-generation Upper East Sider who attended Bronx High School of Science and earned degrees from SUNY-Albany and SUNY-Buffalo.

Micah Kellner

Micah Kellner (WF)

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Biography: Kellner, chair of the state Assembly committee on libraries and education technology, has represented the 76th district for over six years. Before serving in the Assembly — where he fought to bring new elementary and middle schools to the Upper East Side — Kellner served in the city comptroller’s office under mayoral candidate Bill Thompson. He received a bachelor's degree from New York University.

PRIMARY


Edward Hartzog

Edward Hartzog (D)

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Biography: Hartzog, the founder of Kids Voting New York City, Inc., the local chapter of an organization that encourages civic participation among K-12th grade students, is a first time City Council candidate who grew up in a political household. A member of Community Board 8, Hartzog also previously worked as an aide to Anthony Weiner when he was in Congress. Hartzog earned a master’s of public administration in environmental economic policy from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Benjamin Kallos

Benjamin J Kallos (D)

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Biography: Kallos is an attorney who left his private practice to serve as the chief of staff for Assemblyman Jonathan Bing of the 73rd district. As a member and co-chair of the Community Board 8 communications committee, Kallos worked with Council members to launch a website that made politicians' voting records public. The first-time candidate is a third-generation Upper East Sider who attended Bronx High School of Science and earned degrees from SUNY-Albany and SUNY-Buffalo.

Micah Kellner

Micah Kellner (D, WF)

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Biography: Kellner, chair of the state Assembly committee on libraries and education technology, has represented the 76th district for over six years. Before serving in the Assembly — where he fought to bring new elementary and middle schools to the Upper East Side — Kellner served in the city comptroller’s office under mayoral candidate Bill Thompson. He received a bachelor's degree from New York University.

Domenico "Nico" Minerva

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Biography: Domenico "Nico" Minerva, a security attorney at a Manhattan firm, is the co-chair of Community Board 8's committee on street life and former president of the Lexington Democratic Club. As an attorney, Minerva offers pro bono legal aid for Eviction Intervention Services, a nonprofit that aims to help residents navigate through New York's housing laws. He earned a Bachelor's from the University of Florida and a J.D. from Tulane Law School.




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