Other wonderful candidates who we endorsed, but were not successful in this election cycle. We'll continue to follow them and support their efforts to further livable streets for all New Yorkers.
Mel Wymore, Council District 6, Manhattan
During his first term as Chair of Manhattan Community Board 7 in 2010, Mel Wymore championed the plan to transform a one-mile stretch of Columbus Avenue into a complete street. Thanks to that effort, the entire length of Columbus is now getting the safe-streets treatment. Wymore pledges to lead the way on a similar transformation of Amsterdam Avenue, and avenues citywide. Wymore, who advocated for a borough-wide car-free Central Park resolution in 2011, plans to work to remove cars permanently from the park.
Vince Morgan, Council District 9, Manhattan
Morgan, a former banker, is challenging two-term incumbent Inez Dickens for this Harlem seat. Morgan is sharply critical of Dickens’s opposition to safety upgrades on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard, a six-lane road that’s been one of New York City’s deadliest for pedestrians and which his children cross on their way to school. Morgan also intends to win M60 Select Bus Service for the entire stretch of 125th Street in District 9, only half of which is slated to receive the faster service.
Ede Fox, Council District 35, Brooklyn
"I forgot how wonderful it is to use a bike to get around," enthused Ede Fox after a StreetsPAC-guided ride around her district. "Everyone has a right to be safe on every public street, regardless of how they get around." Fox will push to tame speeding on major thoroughfares like Atlantic, Park and Bedford Avenues, and will advocate for MTA service restoration and expansion of express-bus service. She will support Vanderbilt Avenue-style treatments on other avenues to increase safety, build community and spur economic activity. Fox knows she has big livable-streets shoes to fill in those of current 35th district Councilmember Tish James, but pledges that she's up to the challenge.
Kirsten John Foy, Council District 36, Brooklyn
Motivated by a public-health crisis in his district, Kirsten John Foy will push for local street-safety improvements and alternative-transportation options. He will introduce bike-education programs to Bed-Stuy public schools, and wants them to become a citywide initiative. Foy also believes in transportation equity – he wants to increase access to bikes in his district and ensure there is a good bike-lane network on which to ride them, and expand street-seating for seniors and Select Bus Service beyond Nostrand Avenue.
Chris Banks, Council District 42, Brooklyn
Chris Banks is eager to bring much-needed bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to the neglected roadways that locals call "the pothole capital of Brooklyn." He demands greater investment in the community's transit options; as co-chair of Community Board 5's Transportation Committee, Banks fought the MTA when it cut the B20 bus line and championed the New Lots pedestrian plaza. Banks adamantly supports improved access to the waterfront greenway along Jamaica Bay, envisions a bicycle lane along New Lots avenue, and proposes a complete-street makeover for 10-lane Linden Boulevard.
John Mancuso, Council District 50, Staten Island
John Mancuso, a Captain in the Auxiliary Police from South Beach, plans to focus on improving Staten Island's transportation infrastructure. His most urgent priority is to transform dangerous thoroughfares like Hylan Boulevard into high-performance complete streets that safely accommodate more users. He'll champion construction of a pedestrian and cyclist path on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, in order to add transportation options, improve disaster preparedness, and boost tourism to Staten Island. He will also work to keep cars out of parks and reform New York City's dysfunctional bridge-tolling system to equalize fares across all of NYC's bridges.