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					VOTER GUIDE
 2009
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a non-profit grassroots
organization dedicated to presenting an Islamic perspective on issues of
importance to the American public. CAIR is the largest American Muslim civil
rights and advocacy organization in the United States, serving the interests of
more than seven million American Muslims with over 35 chapters and offices
nationwide and in Canada.

The vision of CAIR is to be a leading advocate for social justice and mutual
understanding.

CAIR’s mission is to enhance a general understanding of Islam, encourage
dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims and build coalitions
that promote justice and mutual understanding.


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                 TABLE OF CONTENTS
Vote NYC………………………………………………………………………………….…1

Voter Bill of Rights and Responsibilities…………...…………………………….….1

Voter Information..….......…...………………………………………………………......2

Frequently Asked Questions…………..…………………………………………….….3

Mayoral Election Information…………….………………………….…………………..4

Public Advocate Election Information….…………………………………………..….8

Comptroller Election Information ………….…….…………………………………...14

Important Dates and Deadlines…...………...……………………………...…………19
                   VOTE NYC: BUILDING COMMUNITY,
                         BUILDING COUNTRY
     VOTE NYC: Building Community, Building Country is a grassroots effort launched by
     CAIR-NY aimed to keep Muslim New Yorkers informed and engaged in the political process.
     VOTE NYC is founded on the principle that one vote can make a difference. The challenge
     lies in being informed, getting involved, and making it your personal responsibility to help
     make democracy work. Learn about the process, consider the issues, meet the candidates,
     write or phone your elected officials with your opinions, and ask questions.


        VOTER’S BILL OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
       “Allah commands you to render back your trusts to those whom they are due.” (Surah al-Nisa, 58)

                         Each registered voter in this state has the right to:

     Article I, § 1 and Article II of the New York State Constitution provide for the right to vote at
     every election. Just as with the federal statute, all persons who participate in an election
     must have an equal vote, whatever their race, color or primary language.
     Article I, § 1 states: No member of this state shall be disfranchised, or deprived of any of the
     rights or privileges secured to any citizen thereof . . .
     Article II, § 1 states: Every citizen shall be entitled to vote at every election for all officers
     elected by the people and upon all questions submitted to the vote of the people provided
     that such citizen is eighteen years of age or over and shall have been a resident of this
     state, and of the county, city, or village for thirty days next preceding election.


                    Each registered voter in this state has the responsibility to:

1.  Familiarize himself or herself with the candidates and issues.
2.  Maintain with the office of the supervisor of elections a current address.
3.  Know the location of his or her polling place and its hours of operation.
4.  Bring proper identification (driver’s license or other suitable photo ID) to the polling station.
5.  Familiarize himself or herself with the operation of the voting equipment in his or her
  precinct.
6. Treat precinct workers with courtesy.
7. Respect the privacy of other voters.
8. Report any problems or violations of election laws to the Supervisor of Elections.
9. Ask questions, if needed.
10. Make sure that his or her completed ballot is correct before leaving the polling station.

     The Voter’s Bill of Rights for New York can be found on this website:
     http://www.naacpldf.org/content/pdf/pubs/bills_2004/New_York_Voters_Bill_of_Rights.pdf
     For bilingual:
     http://www.naacpldf.org/content/pdf/pubs/bills_2004/New_York_Voters_Bill_of_Rights_Bilin
     gual.pdf




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                               VOTER INFORMATION
    When and Where to Vote
    · Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2009. (Primary Election is Tuesday, September
      15, 2009).
    · Polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    · To find your polling place,
          o   Visit http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps/index.htm and enter your address, or
          o   Call the Voter Phone Bank at 1.866.VOTE.NYC, or
          o   E-mail your complete home address to us at vote@boe.nyc.ny.us and your
              polling place location will be sent to you (Remember to put in the subject line the
              borough in which you reside).

    Qualifications for Voting
    To register to vote in the City of New York, you must:
    · Be a citizen of the United States.
    · Be a New York City resident for at least 30 days.
    · Be 18 years of age before the next election.
    · Not be serving a jail sentence or be on parole for a felony conviction.
    · Not be adjudged mentally incompetent by a court.
    · Not claim the right to vote elsewhere (outside the City of New York).

    How to Register to Vote
    · Register personally by visiting the office nearest to your location listed here:
      http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/offices.html
    · Register via mail by downloading an application, which can be found at:
      http://www.vote.nyc.ny.us/register.html

    Deadlines for Voter Registrations
    · The last day to register for the Primary Election is Friday, August 21, 2009.
    · The last day to register for the General Election is Friday, October 9, 2009.

    What to Bring on Election Day
    · Bring one form of ID with you to the polls, such as a U.S. passport, New York driver’s
      license or state ID, military ID, student ID, utility bill, bank statement, a government
      document, etc.

    Absentee Voting
    · NYC voters who cannot make it to their poll sites on Election Day can cast absentee
       ballots by voting in person at your Board’s Borough office or casting an absentee ballot
       by mail.
    · Absentee ballot applications can be found here:
       http://vote.nyc.ny.us/pdf/forms/boe/absenteevoting/absenglish.pdf
    · Applications for General Elections must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 27, 2009 or
       applied for in person to the borough office by Monday, November 2, 2009.
    · Absentee Ballots for General Elections must be postmarked by Monday, November 2,
       2009 or delivered in person to the borough office by Tuesday, November 3, 2009.




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                  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I verify that I have registered?
Call 1.866.VOTE.NYC (1.866.868.3692)

How do I change my name and address?
Complete the Voter Registration Form with the new information, and mail it to your county
board of elections. If you are moving to a new county you will have to re-register to vote.
Send your voter registration form with the new information to your new county board of
elections.

You can obtain a Voter Registration Form from your local board of elections or any state
agency participating in the National Voter Registration Act, on any business day throughout
the year. Alternatively, you can download a .pdf version of the Voter Registration Form from
our website.

How do I change my enrollment?
 If you wish to change your enrollment from one party to another or from not-enrolled to a
party, send a Voter Registration Form with your new choice to your county board of
elections. The board will notify you when the change takes place, by Law, after the next
general election.

Who do I vote for?
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) does not endorse campaigns or
candidates. Major newspaper may produce a guide to candidate positions.

The Board of Elections in the City of New York supplies detailed information about voting on
their website at www.vote.nyc.ny.us.




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                              MAYORAL ELECTION
    The Mayor is the top office in the New York City government, on level with the Comptroller,
    Public Advocate, City Council, and the five Borough Presidents. The Mayor’s office
    oversees the city budget, administers public programs and property, and enforces city and
    state laws. The Mayor also appoints a large number of officials and commissioners to city
    offices. As of August 2009, the Mayor continues to have direct and almost complete control
    over the NYC Public School system, making decisions about both policy and budget.

    Why this matters: As the top executive position in the city as well as the face of New York,
    the Mayor is a high profile position, and who is elected to it will make a huge difference all
    across the city.

    Cast your vote! Choose a Mayor who will provide quality leadership and represent New
    Yorkers’ concerns.



                                MEET THE CANDIDATES
    Tony Avella
         Party: Democratic
         Current Job / Position: City Council member

         Top Issues

       Education:
      As Mayor, Avella will hire a new chancellor for the Department of Education (DoE).
      He will open up the DoE to the parents and teachers who know our schools best
      Avella will ensure that every school and every child has access to the latest technology
       and computers.
      He will begin the process of reinstating free tuition at the CUNY colleges.

    Housing:
      Avella will regulate the real estate industry, and give Community Boards the force of law
        when they work for years drafting their own plans for their neighborhoods.
      He will stand up to big developers who see only dollar signs when they look at our
        buildings and blocks, and will stop the inappropriate use of eminent domain.
      Avella will ensure that new parks are built, and that existing ones receive the proper
        funding.

    Economy:
      Avella will regulate commercial real estate to protect small businesses from negligent
        rent hikes that force them out of business.
      He will advocate for the rights of street vendors, especially disabled veterans.
      Avella will make commercial sanitation pick-up a city service in order to save small
        businesses money and protect them from extortion.
      Avella will reform the Business Improvement Districts so that they advocate for the
        rights of small businesses, not just landlords and property owners


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     Michael Bloomberg
     Party: Independent
     Current Job / Position: New York City Mayor

     Top Issues

Education:
  Bloomberg created parent coordinators, graded schools, and conducted the largest
    survey of parents any city has ever undertaken.
  He plans to create P311 – 311 for parents – that will allow parents to track their
    student’s progress.
  Under Bloomberg, the City has added over 66,000 new classroom seats across the
    city. He wants to add another 59,000 seats in the next five years.
  Later this year, Bloomberg will open new schools in engineering, information
    technology, and environmental sustainability.
  He has overseen the expansion in the number of charter schools in New York.
  Bloomberg is also partnering with religious leaders to keep religious schools open by
    converting them into charter schools.

Housing:
  Bloomberg started the largest municipal affordable housing program in the nation and
    worked with the City Council to pass the Safe Housing Act.
  He created the Center for New York City Neighborhoods, which provides struggling
    homeowners with the information, counseling and legal help they need to hold on to
    their homes.
  Bloomberg will continue to build and preserve units that will house approximately
    250,000 New Yorkers.
  He will propose State legislation that will curtail mortgage fraud and give restitution to
    victims.

Economy:
  Bloomberg Citywide Economic Opportunity Plan is designed to maximize every
    resource the City has to help limit the effects of the recession and create or retain
    400,000 jobs.

Health Care:
  Bloomberg led the fight to ban smoking in public places and ban trans fats in
     restaurants.
  He has also made affordable health insurance available to nearly 1 million more New
     Yorkers since taking office.


       Roland Rogers
       Party: Democrat
       Current Job / Position: Managing Officer of BASN.LLC

       Top Issues

Education:
  Rogers will focus on literacy and mathematics programs in elementary and secondary
    schools and encourage increase participation from parents.
  He will enjoin new immigrant populations and offer services that help them adapt
    themselves into the diverse city.

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        Rogers encourages teaching the history of the New York City as an important factor of
         education.

    Housing:
      Under Rogers, issues regarding gentrification and rezoning of neighborhoods will be
         based on community decisions.

    Economy:
      Rogers will help to empower small businesses by creating a City of New York Heritage
        Enterprise Fund that will be a part of a borough-wide commercial Real Estate
        Investment Trust.

    Health Care:
      Rogers is calling for the re-examination of health care services for the uninsured, the
         underinsured and single parent households and advocates for accessible health care
         for all.


          Bill Thompson
          Party: Democrat
          Current Job / Position: New York City Comptroller

          Top Issues

    Education:
      Thompson served as President of Board of Education.
      As Board President, Thompson worked towards assuring greater parent input,
        overseeing steady increases in reading scores, opening up the Board of Education’s
        books and producing annual school-by-school expenditure reports, and restoring arts
        to the schools after a 25-year absence.
      During his tenure, the Board of Education also opened its first charter school.
      Thompson also instituted the use of school uniforms and the creation of the first all-
        girls school in New York City.
      In 1994, he represented Brooklyn on the City’s Board of Education.
      While at the Board of Education, Thompson led a reform agenda that improved
        student achievement, raised school standards, and fostered greater public
        accountability.

    Housing:
      Thompson has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in affordable housing and
        commercial real estate in New York, helping increase housing and job opportunities in
        each of our five boroughs.
      He has fought for legislation to protect Mitchell-Lama tenants and preserve affordable
        housing. He continues to increase affordable housing and improve the quality of life for
        all city residents.

    Economy:
      Thompson has advocated for the reduction of taxes that hamper the progress of
        entrepreneurs and small businesses.
      He spearheaded the creation of the largest investment program for emerging
        managers in the United States.


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    He has urged firms to assess the impact of their business on global warming,
     safeguarded human rights and fought to end discrimination within corporations around
     the globe.
    Thompson has also earned a national reputation for fighting against improper and
     illegal corporate activities.

Health Care:
  Thompson has highlighted the corrosive impact of current health care practices, which
     encourage those without health care to use city emergency as primary care facilities.
  He has highlighted and recommended changes to resolve the deeply troubling
     disparity in the quality of health care throughout our city.
  He has also identified the appalling lack of translators at city hospitals serving our
     immigrant populations, lobbied against the closing of area hospitals, persuaded city
     hall not to reduce deliveries of Meals on Wheels to seniors.




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              PUBLIC ADVOCATE ELECTION
    The Public Advocate works in tandem with the Mayor and presides over the City
    Council, where s/he has the right to introduce and co-sponsor new legislation. The
    Public Advocate is also a “watchdog” (ombudsman) for city government, and provides
    oversight for city agencies. The Public Advocate makes proposals to address citizens’
    complaints and improve city services.

    Why this matters: As the second-in-command, the Public Advocate provides a direct
    link between New Yorkers and their city government, making sure that you get all the
    city services to which you are entitled. The Public Advocate’s office helps citizens with
    complaints ranging from parking tickets to food pantry availability to public health. In
    addition, the Public Advocate provides an important check to the mayor’s power.

    Cast your vote! Choose a Public Advocate who will balance the Mayor’s power and
    represent your concerns.



                             MEET THE CANDIDATES
         Bill de Blasio
         Party: Democrat
         Current Job / Position: New York City Council member

         Top Issues

    Education:
        De Blasio served on the School Board and led District 15 to establish Universal Pre-
          Kindergarten and cap first grade class size at 20 students.
        In spring 2008, he won back millions in critical classroom funding cuts.
        He worked with community and education leaders to turn the former John Jay
          High School, located on 7th Avenue in Brooklyn, into three smaller, more
          specialized schools: the Secondary Schools for Law, Journalism, and Research,
          all of which now boast significantly higher attendance and graduation rates, as
          well as improved safety and morale.
        De Blasio worked with parents to keep City school bus routes in operation and
          increase safety on the buses.
        In June 2009, De Blasio held multiple community forums and surveyed parents
          about the current state of parental involvement under Mayoral Control and what
          improvements must be made.

    Housing:
        As Chair of the General Welfare Committee, De Blasio has held numerous oversight
          hearings aimed at improving the City's policies for providing shelter and helping
          homeless New Yorkers find housing and introduced multiple bills to improve shelter
          conditions and City practices.


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      He has also been a vocal opponent of New York City's policy denying temporary
       overnight shelter to some homeless families who have previously been turned down
       for long-term shelter.
      In the City Council, De Blasio introduced a resolution in support of state legislation
       that would impose a one-year moratorium on foreclosures in New York State. He
       also joined with Kings County and supported millions of dollars in funding for the City
       Council's mortgage foreclosure prevention program.
      Bill worked with District Attorney Charles J. Hynes to provide constituents with
       important information about predatory lending, and plans to work with community
       organizations to educate New Yorkers about how to protect themselves from
       predatory lenders.
      Bill will make sure that families who find themselves at risk for losing their homes
       have access to counseling programs to help them avoid foreclosure. He believes we
       need to lobby the state and federal government to establish vital foreclosure rescue
       funds.

Economy:
    De Blasio advocates to preserve and create local jobs, including supporting industrial
      employment districts, developing green and sustainable jobs, investing in
      infrastructure projects like the Cross Harbor Tunnel, leveraging development to
      create prevailing wage jobs, and protecting workers' right to organize.

Health Care:
    De Blasio is currently working to preserve maternity services at Long Island College
       Hospital, which are being threatened with closure.
    He has supported local hospitals over the years, winning funds for cardiac and
       cancer treatment equipment and budget allocations for autism support, immigrant
       health needs, senior health services and mental health treatment.


    Eric Gioia
    Party: Democrat
    Current Job / Position: New York City Council member


    Top Issues

Education:
    Gioia made sure public school teachers were reimbursed for out-of-pocket
      spending on classroom supplies when school budgets were inadequate.
    He secured millions of dollars in funding for Internet connections in schools.
    Gioia has founded extracurricular programs to give students after school
      opportunities, and encouraged in-school breakfast to give students the energy to
      do their best.

Housing:
    Gioia passed a plan to build Hunters Point South, the city’s biggest middle-
      income housing development, in Queens.


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           He remains a watchdog over Con Ed after standing up to the company after the
            2006 blackout. He forced the company to admit the severity of the blackout in
            Western Queens.
           Gioia secured funding to install security cameras in NYC Housing Authority
            developments, and worked to evict sex offenders from those developments.

     Economy:
         Gioia has worked to help small businesses thrive, from proposals that cut
          through red tape to sponsorship of local Business Improvement Districts that
          bring better services to small businesses.
         He passed a film tax credit to keep productions filming in New York, creating
          more than 7000 jobs for New Yorkers. He also supports groups like the Long
          Island City Development Corporation that help local businesses stay local.
         Gioia has passed legislation to improve the Taxpayer Bill of Rights and protect
          taxpayers from shady tax preparers.
         He passed legislation to give more New Yorkers access to Food Stamps, and
          lobbied Congress to increase Food Stamp allotments according to inflation.

     Healthcare:
         Gioia has called for a transparent and accountable system of inspection in City
           hospitals to end the corruption and misconduct at the Heath and Hospitals
           Corporation.



         Mark Green
         Party: Democrat
         Current Job / Position: President, Air America Radio

         Top Issues
     Education:
         As Public Advocate, Green would institute the “One Laptop Per Child” program to
           provide netbooks to public school students and allow them to compete in a
           computer-based workforce.

     Housing:
         Green will help provide greater information about elevator outages in New York
           City Housing Authority run buildings and provide better services to those
           affected.

     Economy:
         Green plans to improve NYC businesses by providing funding and creating
          affordable spaces.
         Green will also work to save the city’s manufacturing sector by amending and
          better enforcing the zoning code.
         He will organize expert retirees to create a "Senior Service Corps" to assist with
          workforce and business development.

     Healthcare:
         Green plans to lower health care insurance costs by allowing small business to
           buy into City health insurance plans.

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       He will use of the New York Cancer Project as a model to launch studies on
        asthma, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and obesity, harnessing our City’s biotech and
        hospital resources.
       Green advocates for the improvement of the health of our children by
        establishing Health Coordinators in low-income school districts.




       Norman H. Siegel
       Party: Democrat
       Current Job / Position: Civil Liberties Lawyer

       Top Issues

Education:

     Siegel served as attorney for The Association of New York Community Education
      Councils and as a lawyer for parents regarding the Department of Education’s
      barring of cellphones. He believes education reform is possible without
      centralizing power in the hands of the mayor.
    He has proposed a task force and public hearings on the subject of standardized
      testing. He will work for education that does not just boost test scores, but keeps
      in mind the real goal: teaching children how to think critically.
    Siegel opposes the over-use of Police School Safety Guards in the schools,
      which have resulted in an increase in student arrests, handcuffing, and
      harassment that teach children a fear of police.
    As head of the New York Civil Liberties Union, he was actively involved with the
      Campaign for Fiscal Equity to get more funding for city schools.
Housing:
    Siegel supports repealing the current Vacancy Decontrol law as well as the
      Urstadt law, and will call upon the Mayor and the City Council to sign a Home
      Rule message formally calling upon the legislature for action.
    To further relieve affordable housing difficulties, he will support zoning plans
      which include the creation of 35% affordable housing in all new developments.
    Siegel plans to support activist networks throughout the city, particularly to
      improve the ability of lower-income residents to organize and make their
      concerns heard.
    As Public Advocate, he will provide stronger leadership and support for
      homeowners in foreclosure, including education on the foreclosure process and
      scam prevention.

Economy:
    Siegel believes that the Public Advocate's Office should provide visible
     leadership and address the effects of the economic decline in a forthright
     manner. This leadership can include town hall meetings throughout the city to
     explain what's happening, why it is happening and most important, what the City
     can and should do in response to the problem, as well as a Commission on the
     economy to make short and long term recommendations.

Healthcare:
    Siegel has advocated funding a “universal” health care system in a few test
      neighborhoods to prove the benefits of preventative care and how it reduces
      burdens on the health care system in the long run.

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            He opposes the privatization of health care services, including the privatization of
             prison health services. He will seek to rework the financial arrangement between
             the City and the Health and Hospital Corporation. He will also oppose
             subcontracting by hospitals except to companies with union contracts.
            He will work to ensure a living wage for healthcare employees, as well as hours
             and working conditions conforming to the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 and
             the right to organize and bargain collectively.



            Imtiaz S. Syed
            Party: Democrat
            Current Job / Position: Attorney at Law, Certified Accountant

            Top Issues

     Education
         Syed will call on the Mayor to allot two out of six seats on Education Policy Board
           to the Public Advocate who will represent public quality education.

     Economy:
         As Public Advocate, Syed will focus on job creation during this economic
          meltdown



            Alex Zablocki
            Party: Republican
            Current Job / Position: Aide to NY State Senator Lanza

            Top Issues

     Education:
         Zablocki will advocate for more funding for public schools, as well as lower class
           size and up-to-date books and computers.
         He will be an advocate special needs students and work to provide the services
           they need.
         As Public Advocate, Zablocki will propose and support programs that keep illegal
           drugs out of schools.

     Housing:
         Zablocki will create innovative programs for market rate renters in New York City
           that will help them out financially, while helping the community they live in as
           well.
         His appointee to the City Planning Commission will be a strong voice for the
           outer boroughs’ concerns of over development.

     Economy:
         Zablocki will work to increase government productivity and lower spending while
          ensuring that critical services aren't cut, and will work to create new jobs,
          including "Green Collar" jobs.

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      He will urge the City Council to eliminate the 4% NYC sales tax on heating fuels
       (oil, gas, coals, etc.) which they are authorized to do by the state. This small 4%
       decrease will help all residents to heat their homes.
      As Public Advocate, Zablocki will work to strength the small business community
       and promote tourism to bring more business into all five boroughs.

Healthcare:
    Zablocki will ensure the creation of a public hospital serving Staten Island.




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                         COMPTROLLER ELECTION
     The Comptroller (pronounced “controller”) has various financial responsibilities, including
     auditing and evaluating the performance and finance of city agencies, amending
     proposed contracts, reporting on the city economy, handling municipal bonds, and
     managing city debt. The Comptroller presides over city funds boards and manages city
     assets.

     Why this matters: The Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer of New York, and
     makes sure that the city’s money is well spent. The Comptroller works to evaluate and
     improve services like affordable housing, hospital emergency rooms, and homeless
     shelters.

     Cast your vote! Choose a Comptroller who will keep a sharp eye on city agencies and
     allocate money responsibly.



                              MEET THE CANDIDATES
         Salim Ejaz
         Party: Democrat
         Current Job / Position: Certified Public Accountant
         Top Issues

         Economy:
         Ejaz will eliminate waste and abuse, cut taxes and improve fiscal controls.
         He was the Director for Audit for Nassau County for the last 12 years where he
           exposed waste and losses of more than $600 million
         Ejaz has worked for 7 years as the Audit Manager in a division of General Mills, a
           Fortune 500 company



           Melinda Katz
           Party: Democrat
           Current Job / Position: New York City Council member

           Top Issues
     Education:
         Katz would call on the Department of Education to be more transparent and play
           by the same accounting rules as other City agencies. She will use the
           Comptroller’s audit power to oversee the DoE’s use of its $18 billion budget.
         As Comptroller, she will make sure that education dollars are directed to the
           classroom and not to bureaucracy, wasteful programs or unnecessary overhead.

     Housing:
         As Comptroller, Katz will explore buying foreclosed properties to make more
           housing available. She will work with participating banks to make sure that
           taxpayer dollars from Federal programs get to the homeowners who need them.
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      As Chair of the City Council’s Land Use Committee for the past eight years, she
       secured previously unprecedented levels of affordable housing in all five
       boroughs and preserved or funded nearly 90,000 such units since 2001.
      She will fight for affordable housing options for senior citizens, and audit the
       Department for the Aging to make sure they are spending smartly.

Economy:
    Katz will fight to make sure that New York’s $3.6 billion in Federal stimulus
     dollars go toward creating jobs, not just filling budget gaps, and will use stimulus
     dollars to access additional credit today.


      Katz will move NYC’s investments out of companies that deliberately move out of
       New York and hurt business in the city and plans to invest a small portion of
       pension assets in distressed debt as a way to acquire profitable companies, turn
       a profit, and save jobs.
      Katz will end pay-to-play and no-bid contracts to create a fair and open system of
       bidding, prevent cost inflation, and ensure that contracts go to the most qualified
       contractors.
      As Comptroller, she would push for a commuter tax so that those who work in
       NYC but live elsewhere pay for their share of city services. This measure would
       bring in $1.4 billion in its first year. As a last resort, she would increase the
       personal income tax rate for the top 4.5 percent of earners – a measure that
       would raise $445 million in 2010.

Healthcare:
    Katz will ensure that all boroughs and neighborhoods have equal access to
      healthcare resources and that our City hospitals remain public
    As Comptroller, she will act in concert with other appropriate City and State
      agencies to help bring accountability to the main providers of the City’s health
      care.
    Katz will spend resources to provide and encourage preventative care. She will
      work with City agencies, pension boards and workers to move toward
      implementing wellness plans that can simultaneously make New Yorkers
      healthier and reap significant financial savings.


    John C. Liu
    Party: Democrat
    Current Job / Position: NewYork City Council member

    Top Issues

Housing:
    As Comptroller, advancing the number of Affordable Housing units is one of Liu’s
      priorities. He will review all the City’s affordable housing development deals, work
      with the NYS Department of Housing and Community Renewal to oversee
      housing projects, and audit vouchers before funds are dispersed to weed out
      inefficiency.
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     Economy:
         Liu will invest in infrastructure projects to increase subway access in
          communities with poor access to mass transit, facilitate fuller commuter rail
          access, address problems in the city’s bridge infrastructure, and modernize the
          city’s drinking water system.
         As the Chief Fiscal Officer of the City, Liu will work to ensure that the City’s
          infrastructure projects take full advantage of the subsidy opportunity presented
          by the Build America Bond program.
         He will conduct an audit of every city agency within the first six months of his
          administration to root out waste and abuse, and establish transparency and
          accountability controls for the Office of Comptroller.
         As Comptroller, he Liu will use the powers of his office to advocate diversification
          of the New York City economy and encourage small business creation, including
          Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises.
         Liu will do away with “No Bid” contracting, promote transparency by making
          contracts available online, and increasing opportunities for Minority/Women-
          Owned Business Enterprises to compete in bidding processes.


         Joe Mendola
         Party: Republican
         Current Job / Position: Financial compliance specialist

         Top Issues

     Economy:
         Mendola has worked at several major Wall Street law firms. Since 1997 he
          served as a Chief Compliance Officer and Counsel for FINRA (NASD) registered
          broker-dealers and SEC registered investment advisers.
         He has worked with public and private auditors, including the SEC, FINRA, the
          CFTC, the NFA and the City of New York to ensure that trade processes and the
          management of assets are fair, abide by the rules and are conducted in a
          transparent manner.
         Mendola has spent time and effort to ensure that investors are protected from
          predatory and unsavory practices. He intends to provide the same protection to
          the people of the City of New York as Comptroller.
         He will use his expertise and talents to ensure that all New Yorkers get a fair deal
          and that tax dollars are used to the benefit of the City as a whole.
         Mendola aims to bring accountability, transparency, and fairness to the way City
          funds are managed. He will seek to eliminate waste and corruption and end
          cronyism and pay-to-play politics.




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   David Weprin
   Party: Democrat
   Current Job / Position: NewYork City Council member

   Top Issues

Education:
    Weprin will fight for the right to audit the Department of Education like other City
      agencies and hold the DoE responsible for its spending.

Housing:
    Weprin will work to provide financial counseling and legal guidance to
      homeowners facing foreclosure so they can successfully negotiate home and
      business loans.

Economy:
    Weprin will audit the Office of Comptroller within his first year of office to
     eliminate waste and increase efficiency and transparency.
    He will bring the Office of the Comptroller to every borough to ensure that the
     tools and resources of the Comptroller will be accessible to all New Yorkers,
    He will work with banks to make sure that they strengthen communities and
     support Minority and Women business development.
    Weprin will also educate New Yorkers about issues like credit scores and
     investment scams, so they can protect their money.


    David Yassky
    Party: Democrat
    Current Job / Position: New York City Council member

    Top Issues

Education:
    Yassky will re-examine the structure of Mayoral control to give parents and
      communities a real role in the decision-making process for schools in their
      neighborhoods. He will work to put in place systems of accountability and proper
      internal controls for education spending, and to secure the right for the
      Comptroller to audit the Department of Education.
    This year, Yassky stood with Speaker Christine Quinn, Council Member Robert
      Jackson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to oppose the Mayor’s cuts to the
      education budget.
    He has worked to improve learning environments by giving principals and
      teachers more authority over disruptive students, and by bringing healthy options
      to school cafeterias.

Housing:
    On the City Council, Yassky succeeded in pushing for reforms that reward
      developers who actually create affordable housing as they develop market-rate
      or luxury housing.
    He was part of a coalition that demanded that the Mayor implement an
      inclusionary zoning requirement in the rezoning process. He also advocated for a
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           groundbreaking “421-a” legislation that eliminated tax loopholes for luxury
            developers and created tax incentives for developers committed to providing low-
            income housing.
           On the Council, Yassky led an investigation that discovered gross
            mismanagement in the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and
            Development. David will increase oversight of this critical agency to make sure
            that every dollar is spent wisely, effectively, and efficiently.
           He will continue Comptroller’s Thompson’s work to look for new ways to invest
            pension funds in affordable housing projects. Investments like these have
            increased the amount of affordable housing, and also provided a good return for
            the pension funds.

     Economy:
         On the City Council, Yassky has worked to diversify New York’s economy to
          keep it stable, creating jobs through innovative programs that have encouraged
          the film and television industry to expand here in New York, created low-cost
          space for manufacturers, and proposed a unique micro-lending program for small
          businesses.
         As Comptroller, he will continue to push for new ways to expand our job base. He
          will create the Five Borough Investment Program, to provide much-needed
          capital to help businesses within the State.
         Yassky will hold all job-development programs to the highest standards of
          accountability, report back to taxpayers on programs’ effectiveness, and make
          recommendations to fix problems.
         As a Council member, he has worked to make sure that everyone eligible
          receives the Earned Income Tax Credit, and has proposed opening up the EITC
          to more working families.
         Yassky will re-examine and analyze the tax system to eliminate taxes that do not
          make sense in our current fiscal climate. This would include the tax on
          freelancers and tax loopholes available to big businesses. He would also
          eliminate any taxes that create a net loss for the city.




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IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

Last Day to Register for the Primary Election
       Friday, August 21, 2009
         New York Primary Election
   Tuesday, September 15, 2008


Last Day to Register for the General Election
       Friday, October 9, 2009
                Election Day
    Tuesday, November 3, 2009




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