Aug 31 2013




Corey-johnson-fbCorey Johnson for City Council of New York City

Well, couldn't be more thrilled this morning with the New York Times. They endorsed three incredible LGBT candidates and friends for the New York City Council. All of the three will make New York City an incredibly better place and have run campaigns that distinguish show they deserve this endorsement. This is on top of the New York Times endorsing Christine Quinn for Mayor. Loving my New York Times this week!

By endorsing Cory Johnson, they not only endorse the best but reject the ugly, ugly politics and lies of his opposition. In endorsing Mel Wymore, they make history by their first endorsement of a Transgender candidate for City Council. With their high praise for Carlos Menchaca, they endorse not only a talented grassroots activist but one of the finest human beings running for office. Menchaca would be the first person of Mexican American heritage to be elected to the New York City Council   

Here are the Times endorsements for each of these men:

MANHATTAN’S DISTRICT 3 (Chelsea, the West Village and Clinton): In this race to replace Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is now in the race for mayor, Corey Johnson, a gay rights activist and community board chairman, is running against Yetta Kurland, a civil rights lawyer. Mr. Johnson, who has worked in public relations, has helped tenants faced with eviction by landlords who wanted to raise rents. He has been involved in bringing public schools to the neighborhood and fought to scale back growth in commercial developments that threatened to overwhelm the area. These accomplishments make him a better choice. We recommend Corey Johnson for this seat

MANHATTAN’S DISTRICT 6 (Upper West Side): There are plenty of good candidates in this race to replace Gale Brewer, now running for Manhattan borough president. They include Helen Rosenthal, a former official in the city budget office; Marc Landis, a lawyer and Democratic Party leader; the education activist Noah Gotbaum; Debra Cooper, an advocate for women’s issues; and Ken Biberaj, a businessman. But the leader in this field is Mel Wymore, who in recent years has headed the local community board and the West Side Y. Mr. Wymore, a systems engineer and entrepreneur, was instrumental in persuading a developer to build a large school as part of a housing project, and he helped develop new zoning regulations that limited the ground-floor width of stores to help small shops survive. We prefer Mr. Wymore in this race.

PAUL-mel-ISMel Wymore for New York City Council

BROOKLYN DISTRICT 38 (Red Hook and Sunset Park): This race is between the incumbent, Sara González, whose enthusiasm for the job seems to have waned, and Carlos Menchaca, a 32-year-old Mexican-American who has worked in city government over the last decade. Ms. Gonzalez has had a spotty attendance record and very few legislative successes in her 11 years on the job. Mr. Menchaca, who grew up in public housing in Texas, promises to work for better public housing in his district and to improve schools, especially after-school programs. When Hurricane Sandy flooded much of this district, Mr. Menchaca energetically organized volunteers. We endorse Mr. Menchaca.

Carlos Menchaca for New York City Council