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Gotham Votes 2013

2nd City Council District


In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, emergency preparedness has been a big issue in this Lower Manhattan district. Other issues include a plan to turn some New York City Housing Authority land over to luxury developers. Incumbent Rosie Mendez is favored to win re-election. She won the Democratic primary against longtime community activist and pastor Richard del Rio. Mendez faces a challenge from a little-known Green Party candidate in the general election.

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Miles Budde (G)

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Biography: No biography available at press time.

Rosie Mendez

Rosie Mendez   (D, WF) (Incumbent)

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Biography: Mendez joined the Council in 2006 and currently chairs the Committee on Public Housing. Before her tenure on the Council, Mendez worked at Brooklyn Legal Services representing tenants in housing and welfare matters and counseling community-based organizations. Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to Puerto Rican parents, she lived in public housing and attended public schools before earning her bachelor’s degree in metropolitan studies and political science from New York University and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law. Mendez will be term limited in 2017.

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Rosie Mendez

Rosie Mendez   (D, WF) (Incumbent)

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Biography: Mendez joined the Council in 2006 and currently chairs the Committee on Public Housing. Before her tenure on the Council, Mendez worked at Brooklyn Legal Services representing tenants in housing and welfare matters and counseling community-based organizations. Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, to Puerto Rican parents, she lived in public housing and attended public schools before earning her bachelor’s degree in metropolitan studies and political science from New York University and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law. Mendez will be term limited in 2017.

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Richard Del Rio (D)

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Biography: A pastor otherwise known as ‘Pastor Rick’, Del Rio is the co-founder of the community outreach ministry Abounding Grace Ministries. He has served as the NYPD police-clergy liaison for nearly two decades, and has been a construction contractor since his teenage years. A first-time candidate, Del Rio attended Zion Bible College in Massachusetts. 

 



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