When THE CITY launched Meet Your Mayor in March, our interactive quiz-driven tool that shows you how candidate positions match your perspective on key issues, nearly 50 candidates had filed documents to introduce themselves.
Now that the ballot is final for the June 22 primary, 13 Democrats and two Republicans remain.
So we updated Meet Your Mayor, adding four of the five Democrats who had not appeared before. (Isaac Wright Jr., a lawyer who spent seven years in prison after a New Jersey jury wrongly convicted him of being a drug leader, has yet to respond to our open invitation. to answer our Meet Your Mayor questionnaire.)
Because they did not meet the campaign’s minimum fundraising thresholds, none will participate in the official Democratic debate on Thursday, May 13, co-sponsored by NY1, WNYC / Gothamist, THE CITY, Social Work Votes / Latino Leadership Institute , Citizens Union and John Jay University.
The debate lineup includes: Eric Adams, Shaun Donovan, Kathryn Garcia, Ray McGuire, Dianne Morales, Scott Stringer, Maya Wiley and Andrew Yang.
Here’s your chance to meet Art Chang, Aaron Foldenauer, Paperboy Prince, and Joycelyn Taylor – and see where they’re at on the same questions asked of the other contestants already.
“I’m so glad I’m finally being asked,” Chang, 58, told THE CITY. “I felt a bit like the wallflower at the party.”
Chang is a small business owner who has worked in city and state agencies including the city legal department and Empire State Development.
He describes himself as a “pro-business progressive”. He supports New York immigrants’ right to vote in local elections and says any relief effort targeting undocumented workers should focus on distributing aid rather than verifying qualifications.
Chang suggested that private citizens or a âsuper network of welfare societiesâ might be more effective than government agencies in providing assistance.
âThere are going to be legal constraints on what the government can do. But there are a lot fewer individuals, âsaid Chang, who lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Foldenauer, 45, a lawyer, has taken positions that few of his party’s candidates agree on. For example, Foldenauer would not expand Open Streets programs and limit college admissions to students already in school or residing in the district.
âIt is important to send children to schools in the neighborhoods where they live. It creates a sense of community, âsaid Foldnauer, who lives in a rent stabilized apartment in the financial district.
Prince of Paperboy
Prince, an activist and artist in his late twenties, is the youngest candidate to appear on the ballot. Prince, who lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is also the only non-binary candidate. They advocate âmentors and love agents who work to help people deal with the issues that led them to commit a crimeâ when dealing with those arrested.
Taylor, 55, is a businessman who grew up in social housing in East New York, Brooklyn, and has advocated for more women and people of color to receive government contracts. She calls for greater investment in NYCHA and an end to âbrokenâ police services focused on petty offenses.
Asked by THE CITY last year about their perspective on converting public housing to privately managed housing under the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, Taylor said, âI don’t just see RAD as management. private, I see RAD as private property for developers. ”
She wants to see some NYCHA residents take ownership of their apartments.
âWe need to create opportunities for NYCHA residents who may have the ability to own something, give them ownership, give them control over their own developments and create better for themselves,â Taylor said, who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. .