StreetsPAC Announces Second Round of Endorsements

StreetsPAC today announced its second round of candidate endorsements for New York City’s September primary election, giving its enthusiastic backing to City Council incumbents Margaret Chin, Stephen Levin and Mark Weprin, as well State Assemblymember Vanessa Gibson, who’s running for an open Council seat in the Bronx.

“The four candidates we’re endorsing today have all made big strides in embracing safe- and complete-streets policies,” said Dave “Paco” Abraham, a co-founder of StreetsPAC.  “They share our belief that New York City’s public spaces should be safe and vibrant.  We look forward to working closely with them on their campaigns, and after they’re elected, to make our streets more livable.”

“As with our first endorsees, this is a diverse group of candidates who represent very different neighborhoods, from the skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan to the farthest reaches of Eastern Queens,” said StreetsPAC co-founder Doug Gordon.  “But they’re united by a common desire to pursue policies that will save their constituents’ lives, like the implementation of Neighborhood Slow Zones.” 

Here are more details on today’s StreetsPAC endorsees:

Margaret Chin, Council District 1, Manhattan (Incumbent) – Chin has been fighting for safe and livable streets in Lower Manhattan.  Chin wants to work closely with Sam Schwartz to advance his Move NY equitable transportation formula, which would implement fair pricing throughout the city and support better transportation infrastructure.  Chin submitted an application to implement a Neighborhood Slow Zone in Battery Park City, and will fight for similar improvements on the Lower East Side.

Vanessa Gibson, Council District 16, Bronx (Open Seat) – Gibson was elected to the NY State Assembly in 2009, and was a fierce proponent of the successful effort in Albany this year to bring speed cameras to NYC.  She also supports a host of district-wide safety measures, such as countdown clocks, speed bumps, and increased enforcement in both residential and commercial areas.  She sees Slow Zones as a way to reduce speeding and believes new public plazas will enhance neighborhood connectivity.  She'll also be working to make the new Webster Avenue Select Bus Service a success and is very excited about the re-opening of the High Bridge bike and pedestrian connection to Upper Manhattan. 

Stephen Levin, Council District 33, Brooklyn (Incumbent) – Levin has established a reputation as one of the City Council's staunchest advocates for safe and livable streets.  He has introduced legislation to expand the size of the NYPD's Collision Investigation Squad, pushed for traffic calming on some of Brooklyn's most dangerous streets, and championed Brooklyn's first Neighborhood Slow Zone, in Boerum Hill.  One of the Council’s first Citi Bike annual members, he recently launched a petition calling on the city to expand the bike-sharing system to Greenpoint.  Levin is committed to leading the effort to transform Jay Street, a critical but dysfunctional pedestrian, transit and cycling corridor that runs through his district, into a model complete-street that safely serves the needs of all users.

Mark Weprin, Council District 23, Queens (Incumbent) – Weprin wants to see car-dependent Eastern Queens become much more accessible via transit.  He wants the neighborhoods in his district to flourish with livable streets for all, and as a father, he seeks the peace of mind that his teenage son will be able to safely ride his bicycle to the subway or Long Island Railroad.  To help achieve this vision, Weprin will champion legislation in the city council to ensure serious consequences for drivers who, through their own negligence, hop curbs and strike pedestrians on sidewalks.  He’ll also call for the expansion of bike share, and seeks to bring 20 MPH Neighborhood Slow Zones to his Council district.

For more information, and to sign up for volunteer opportunities this election season, click here to get involved with StreetsPAC.

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StreetsPAC Anuncia su Segunda Ronda de Respaldos

StreetsPAC anunció hoy su segunda ronda de respaldo a candidatos en las elecciones primarias de la Ciudad de Nueva York, dando su apoyo entusiasta a los Concejales Margaret Chin, Stephen Levin y Mark Weprin que buscan la reelección, así como a la Miembro de la Asamblea del Estado Vanessa Gibson, que aspira a un puesto abierto de Concejal en el Bronx. 

“Los cuatro candidatos que estamos respaldando hoy han dado grandes pasos en adoptar políticas para calles seguras y completas,” dijo Dave “Paco” Abraham, uno de los cofundadores de StreetsPAC. “Comparten nuestra idea de que los espacios públicos de la Ciudad de Nueva York deben ser seguros y vibrantes. Esperamos trabajar con ellos, en sus campañas y después de que sean elegidos, para hacer nuestras calles más vivibles.”

“Al igual que nuestra primera ronda de respaldos, este es un grupo diverso de candidatos que representa variados vecindarios, desde los rascacielos del Bajo Manhattan hasta los confines del Este de Queens,” dijo otro cofundador de StreetsPAC, Doug Gordon. “Pero les une el deseo común de aplicar políticas que salvarán vidas de sus constituyentes, como la implementación de Zonas Lentas en Vecindarios.”

Algunos detalles adicionales sobre nuestros respaldados:

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Meet and Greet with Councilwoman Margaret Chin

Meet StreetsPAC's newest endorsee, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and help us with voter registration this Friday, July 19 from 5 - 7pm.  

Find us at the south east corner of Canal and Bowery where together with the community and its leaders, Councilmember Chin has worked to enhance pedestrian safety at the Manhattan Bridge vehicle entrance through improved street geometry and traffic calming.  Voter registration in this area will provide us the unique opportunity to meet pedestrians who live in Councilwoman Chin's District as well as bicyclists using the Manhattan Bridge to head back home to Brooklyn.

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Focus On: Costa Constantinides (Council District 22: Queens)

This is the second installment in our spotlight series on StreetsPAC endorsed candidates.

Constantinides, running to replace term-limited Councilmember Peter Vallone, Jr., is a Democratic District Leader and experienced City Council aide with a strong record of community organizing, who believes that “safe streets are the lifelines of every thriving neighborhood." He’d like to see traffic-calming measures implemented on main thoroughfares such as Astoria Boulevard and 21st Street, and wants to see the city’s nascent bike-share system expanded soon to western Queens.

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Join Us for a North-South Ride with our Brooklyn Endorsees!

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Join StreetsPAC and our first round Brooklyn endorsees, Antonio Reynoso and Carlos Menchaca, for a ride between their two districts. We'll start at the dog run in Cooper Park in East Williamsburg, cycle through Bushwick, Prospect Heights, Park Slope, and Red Hook, and then finish at the top of the hill in Sunset Park. The 15 mile route runs the gamut of bicycle infrastructure from non-existent lanes we'd like to see created to hard-fought protected ones already installed like Prospect Park West. Several brief stops along the way will allow our candidates to speak directly about street safety issues they are championing in their district. A ride down Morgan Ave and into Bushwick will let Antonio speak on the need for improved truck route calming and enforcement, while the ride between Red Hook and Sunset Park allows Carlos to highlight the disconnected streetscape in his district as well as the underused public space below the BQE at Third Avenue. 

Please RSVP to info@streetspac.org or on facebook to join us in bringing attention to the work that still needs to be done in improving Brooklyn's streets.  Refreshments will be provided at the Sunset Park finish. 

Scout the route here: StreetsPAC Brooklyn N-S Ride!

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Focus On: Vince Morgan (Council District 9: Manhattan)

This is the first installment in our spotlight series on StreetsPAC endorsed candidates.

After a great night petitioning together in Harlem, read a writeup here, StreetsPAC spoke to Vince Morgan about the transportation issues facing the new 9th Council District and his vision for the city.

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StreetsPAC Greets the Dawn with Antonio Reynoso

StreetsPAC started the week off with a bang greeting commuters on their way to work at the Marcy Ave subway with endorsed candidate Antonio Reynoso. We collected signatures and spoke to voters about the importance of expanding public transit.

To learn more about Antonio Reynoso's campaign, please visit: http://www.antonioreynoso2013.com/

To join StreetsPAC for future volunteer initiatives, sign up on our Get Involved page.

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StreetsPAC Volunteers Doorknock with Carlos Menchaca -- Saturday in Sunset Park for Safe Streets

On Saturday, StreetsPAC volunteers joined Carlos Menchaca, the Democratic challenger to Councilmember Sara Gonzalez who arrived on his bicycle, for a potluck picnic in Sunset Park before heading out in pairs with local activists to doorknock local Democratic households for signatures. In low-turnout districts like the 38th,  these personal contacts are critical to any successful candidacy and StreetsPAC had many great conversations with residents in their homes before sharing conversation on local transportation issues over lemonade and snacks with our fellow petitioners in the shade.

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Please Welcome StreetsPAC's Campaign Team!

StreetsPAC is happy to announce its campaign manager and intern who will be overseeing StreetsPACs endorsement process and volunteer activities for endorsed candidates. 

Louis Cholden-Brown, Campaign Manager

A lifelong New Yorker, Louis makes his home on the Upper West Side where he is honored to serve on Community Board 7 in such roles as Co-Secretary, Strategy & Budget Chair and Housing Co-Chair. He is a veteran of numerous victorious New York State electoral and issue advocacy campaigns and has served as an operational consultant to various progressive organizations including Metro New York Health Care for All and the Institute for Rational Urban Mobility.

Louis can be reached at lcholdenbrown@gmail.com or (646)-220-6388

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Join StreetsPAC for two upcoming Brooklyn events with endorsees

Carlos Menchaca, Council District 38 (Red Hook, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace
*Saturday 6/29, 11am - 1pm Sunset Park (5th Ave & 44th St entrance).

Menchaca, who spent several years working in the Brooklyn Borough President’s office, has most recently served as an aide to Council Speaker Christine Quinn. A regular bicycle commuter, Menchaca looks forward to working to extend the Brooklyn Greenway from Red Hook to Sunset Park, and to launching a community-led initiative to transform the space beneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway along Brooklyn’s Third Avenue.

Antonio Reynoso, Council District 34 (Williamsburg & Bushwick, Brooklyn; Ridgewood, Queens)
*Monday 7/1, 7:30am - 9am (Marcy Ave stop on J/M/Z- Corner of Havemeyer St & Broadway)

Reynoso, who’s been Chief of Staff to Councilmember Diana Reyna for the past four years, sees truck-route calming and enforcement as well as expanding the bike lane network for Bushwick and Ridgewood as huge opportunities to improve life in his district. Keeping trucks on redesigned, designated routes will improve street safety for local residents, while an expanded bike lane network would link residents to transit and local jobs. Reynoso has commuted by bicycle since selling his car to campaign full-time, a change that has transformed the way he looks at and experiences city streets.

Please RSVP to info@streetspac.org to join us to help get these two transportation champions on the ballot.

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