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2009 NYC Voter Guide: Candidate Profile: Lew Fidler

46th City Council District



Lew Fidler Gene Berardelli Derek I. Sacerdote  

Lew Fidler
[ D ]

Gene Berardelli
[ R, C ]

Derek I. Sacerdote
[ LBT ]


Lew Fidler


Party enrolled in: Democratic

Occupation: City Council Member

Occupational background: Attorney, Admitted, 1979

Educational background: NYU Law - J.D. 1978; SUNY Albany, Magna Cum Laude B. S. 1975

Organizational affiliations: n/a

Prior public experience: Democratic State Committeeman 2003 - Present



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1. What is the most important issue in Council District 46 you would address if elected?

I believe I have been an effective independent voice with a number of City-wide accomplishments. I was the 1st elected official in the country to predict the sub-prime mortgage crisis. 2 years before it occurred, I asked my colleagues to fund a program to assist homeowners that has helped thousands avoid foreclosure. I've chaired hearings on the plight of runaway and homeless youth. As a result, funding for shelter beds has increased by over $5 million. I was the author of the proposal that finally saved straphangers from a massive fare hike and huge service cuts.

In the district, I funded a capital and expense budget item for every district public school in every year's budget, bringing in millions for new science labs, auditoriums and computers, and provided every school with an arts program annually. The Parks Commissioner has said that no council member brings in more money to improving his district's parks then I do. My district office has helped thousands of constituents who have called seeking personal or community help.

I have led the fight to keep property taxes as low as possible and voted against the increase last winter.

The Citizens Union said that I have one of the most independent Council voting records. When Mayor Bloomberg came to our district last year, he said that I was "no shrinking violet and when I am on the other side I can be quite irritating." What I think he was saying was that I fight for what I believe in and do so effectively.

I'd like to keep fighting for you at City Hall. I respectfully ask that you give me the chance. Thank you.


2. What other important issues would you address if elected?



3. What makes you the best candidate for this office?



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C = Conservative
D = Democratic
FJ = Freedom Justice
G = Green
I = Independence
JE = Jobs and Education
L = Liberal
LBT = Libertarian Party
NV = New Voice
P = Populist Party
PSL = Party for Socialism and Liberation
RTH* = Rent is Too High Party
R = Republican
SW = Socialist Workers Party
WF = Working Families

*Rent is Too Damn High was changed by the BOE to Rent is Too High after the printed Voter Guide had gone to press.