2013 Voter Guide

Candidates for Manhattan Borough President

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Gale A. Brewer

Party Enrolled In: Democratic

Current Occupation: NYC Councilmember Dist 6; Chair, Cmte. on Operations; Member: Finance, General Welfare, Housing, Mental Health, Technology, Transportation, Waterfront, Higher Education. Co-Chair: Manhattan Delegation; Memb: Budget Negotiation Team & Rules Reform Cmtes.

Previous Occupation(s): Adj. Prof CUNY & Barnard Coll.; Director, NYC Non-Profits Proj.; Telesis Non-Profit Housing Corp.; NYC Deputy Public Advocate; Director, NYC Mayor's Federal Off.; NYC Comm. on the Status of Women; Chief of Staff, Office of Councilmember Ruth Messinger; Office of the NY State Lt Governor.

Education: MPA, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ.; BA, Columbia Univ. & Bennington College

Organizational Affiliations: Eleanor Roosevelt Legacy Cmte; Advisory Cmtes. to John Jay & McCaulay Honors Colleges; NY Acad. of Medicine Age-Friendly Bd.; Columbus Ave & Lincoln Square BIDs

Prior Public Experience: Chair, NYS Nat'l Women's Political Caucus; Vice-Chair, Comm. Bd 7; service on numerous non-profit boards

1. What is the most important issue in Manhattan you would address if elected?

The city must grow, but to preserve our neighborhoods and quality of life, development has to strengthen communities, protect and add affordable housing, enable seniors to age in place, build quality public schools and parks, create small business, fund the arts, and protect our security and civil rights.


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

1. Do near & long-term planning to "storm-proof" the shoreline and infrastructure; 2. Keep us secure, and ensure that the rights of all New Yorkers are protected and respected; 3. Get the Borough President's office into every community; 4. Promote sustainability, including recycling, equal access to nutritious food, new, environmentally sensitive open space, and enhanced public transportation.


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

A 40 year unmatched record of tireless service, leadership and results, not promises: Human Rights, Paid Sick Time, the Open Government Data Law, Protective Zoning for Small Businesses, Environmental Protection, Landmarking and Historic Preservation, tireless advocacy for Renters and Owners, building Schools, Affordable Housing & Parks, leading the push for Big Apps and .nyc. I am the most qualified, hardest working, innovative, and committed public servant running for Manhattan Borough President.


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Party Key
  • D = Democratic
  • DD = Dump The Dump
  • I = Independence
  • LBT = Libertarian
  • R = Republican