Tenants PAC City Council Endorsements

Tenants PAC endorsed all four of the victorious new Manhattan candidates (Corey Johnson, Benjamin Kallos, Helen Rosenthal, and Mark Levine), as well as incumbents Rosie Mendez (Lower East Side), Melissa Mark-Viverito (East Harlem, plus Mott Haven in the Bronx), and Ydanis Rodriguez (Washington Heights-Inwood). 

Tenants PAC also supported Vince Morgan in his failed bid to unseat incumbent Inez Dickens in Harlem’s District 9. Dickens has repeatedly sold out the district to developers, and was recently exposed as a slumlord who owes almost $300,000 in unpaid fines and back taxes on four apartment buildings she owns with her sister. Jobs for New York spent $137,000 on the race. REBNY is expected to push for Dickens to become the Council’s new Speaker.

Tenants PAC did not endorse Margaret Chin in District 1 (Chinatown) because she refused to denounce REBNY’s independent expenditure of more than $280,000 in her race against Jenifer Rajkumar. Chin has been good on tenant issues but terrible on development.

In the Bronx, Tenants PAC endorsed two pro-tenant incumbents: Andy King (District 12, Riverdale-Woodlawn) and Annabel Palma (District 18, Parkchester). Jobs for New York endorsed King but did not spend a lot of money on the race. 

Despite their excellent answers to our questionnaire, Tenants PAC did not endorse Ritchie Torres or Vanessa Gibson because they rejected our request that they repudiate Jobs for New York and REBNY. In Brooklyn, Tenants PAC endorsed Antonio Reynoso and Carlos Menchaca, as well as Ede Fox. In District 37 (Cypress Hill), we endorsed Kimberly Council, who lost to REBNY-backed Assemblymember Rafael Espinal. Assemblymember Inez Barron beat Tenants PAC-endorsed Christopher James and several others in District 42 (East New York). She will replace her term-limited husband Charles Barron, who is expected to run for his wife’s Assembly seat.

In District 47 (Bensonhurst-Gravesend), Tenants PAC backed Todd Dobrin, who was beaten by Mark Treyger. The REBNY front spent $311,000 to elect Treyger, and Dobrin came up with the most apt description of that outfit: “Jobs for New York has nothing to do with jobs. It is a front group put together by millionaire real-estate developers to exploit a loophole in campaign-finance laws.”

 

Michael McKee is treasurer of Tenants PAC, www.tenantspac.org