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2009 NYC Voter Guide: Candidate Profile: Derek I. Sacerdote

46th City Council District



Lew Fidler Gene Berardelli Derek I. Sacerdote  

Lew Fidler
[ D ]

Gene Berardelli
[ R, C ]

Derek I. Sacerdote
[ LBT ]


Derek I. Sacerdote


Party enrolled in: Libertarian

Occupation: High School Science Teacher

Occupational background: Tutor, Former Landscaper

Educational background: B.S. Biology, Brooklyn College 1997; M.S. Special Education, Touro College 2008

Organizational affiliations: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Prior public experience: none



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

City government continues to expand beyond its appropriate role. As a result, it taxes excessively, spends wastefully, and seriously erodes civil liberties. District 46, like much of the city, would benefit from an overall reduction in the size of government, ranging from tax cuts to repeal of the nuisance laws which serve primarily as sources of cash for the city.


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

The lack of vocational and life skills courses in public schools mean that graduates are poorly prepared for many of the challenges of life. In addition, inconsistent educational standards mean that diplomas have questionable value. Small businesses are harassed by laws which serve to protect city monopolies from needed competition. Homeowners need access to off-grid technology such as solar and wind power so that they can truly become energy-independent and free of the concerns of price fluctuation. Finally, the city needs to clearly address the worsening relations between police and civilians in such as way that the interests of both are protected.


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

I have spent my life living in Brooklyn and I have seen the challenges of the New York experience from many different angles. I have experienced the frustration of trying to start a small business here with limited resources. I have worked in the school system and have seen how costly programs designed by non-educators fail to address the most crucial needs of the students. From researching and installing off-grid solar technology, I have come to believe that it holds the best potential for reducing both pollution AND cost of living. Lastly, I have witnessed a frightening erosion of civil liberties, both because of new laws and a crisis of bad civilian-police interaction.


(Reprinted as supplied by the candidate.)

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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.