A couple weeks ago I listed my support for the 2013 primary here in NYC the Endorsement Link . In the 33 races, that I personally endorsed 17 of those candidates won, 5 lost and one of them made it too the run-off for Public Advocate. That’s not a bad record. I had the honor and pleasure to help my friends Rosie Mendez and Carlos Menchaca toward their victories.
The race for mayor did not have the outcome that some of the LGBT community wanted, and that’s what happens when we don’t all join together and support each other. As democrats we do now need to stand united and support Bill de Blasio in his race against GOP nominee John Lohta former Chairperson of the MTA. There is still the possibly of a run off as Mr. De Blasio is only at 40.2% as of (9/11/13).
Scott Stringer the former Manhattan Borough President will be New York City’s next Comptroller beating Eliot Spitzer by 52.1% of the vote. The race for Public Advocate is down to a run-off against Leticia James and Daniel Squadron on October 1st. Neither of them received the 40% needed to win. Melinda Katz is the new Borough President of Queens, Eric Adams for Brooklyn and Gale Brew has won the nomination to go against Republican David Casavis in November.
The City Council kept the following members as they have won their re-election some with heated races and some unopposed. Councilmembers Margaret Chin, Rosie Mendez, Melissa Mark Viverito, Ydanis Rodriguez, Mark Weprin, Daniel Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer and Stephen Levin. The council gained members Corey Johnson, Antonio Reynoso, Ritchie Torres and Carlos Menchaca.
We sadly didn’t elected Mel Wymore or Micah Kellner too the city council but these two but up a great fight for their races, we do need to continue to bring visibility to the bisexual and transgender needs of our community and I have confidence that the new members of the City Council we not exclude us but also realize we have different issues as well.
My plan moving forward is that I will support Bill de Blasio to be the next mayor of New York City because we need to take back the mayor’s seat with a Democrat. I of course will be supporting Daniel Squadron for Public Advocate, but stand by what has been said earlier either one of them would make a fine Public Advocate for New York City. Gale Brewer also has my support for Manhattan Borough President. As a born and raised person from Staten Island I do support my buddy John Mancuso.
My plan going forward is making sure that Bill de Blasio pays attention to the issues of the LGBT community. We have issues with the Commission on Human Rights that need to be fixed, GMHC needs founding and LGBT homeless youth as well as many other issues. We have a better chance at these subjects becoming real issues brought to the floor with a Democrat than with any Republican in power.
The Democratic Party must stand together in order to make that all happen, so I do give my support to Bill de Blaiso after the primary to be the next mayor of New York City.