Pechefsky Campaign: Controversy, Debates and MORE!

We need YOUR help this weekend to pass out David’s campaign literature!

This coming Saturday and Sunday we need volunteers for a lit drop from 11am to 5pm in Carroll Gardens.  We will meet at Carroll Park, just across from the Carroll Street Station on the F/G lines. Please note: the trains are terminating at either Jay St/Boro Hall or Church Avenue (depending on which direction you’re travelling) where you will catch a shuttle bus to Carroll Street.  You can come at any time and stay as long as you can, but let me know that you are planning to help by responding to this e-blast.

Debates and Controversy
David didn’t pull his punches at Monday night’s Candidate Debate sponsored by the Carroll Gardens Neighborhood Association as he, Democrat Brad Lander and Republican Joe Nardiello answered questions from Carroll Gardens residents on everything from city budgeting to universal health care. Although the mood was congenial, when Lander stated that not only was it inappropriate for a candidate to take a stand on the issue of voting for a Council Speaker, but that refusing to compromise on such an issue would make one an outsider and even a liability, David countered that a candidate who refused to compromise his principles was not a liability but someone you want to have in office.

Earlier in the day, all three candidates were together for a photo-op because of a controversy over Mr. Lander’s write-up in the Voter Guide which 80,000 CD 39 voters received in the mail last week.  Written in June when the focus was on the Democratic Primary, Mr. Lander stated that he was the only candidate with children in Public School.  Although true for the Primary contest, that statement is factually inaccurate for the general election where both David and the Republican have children attending Public School.  We organized a press event to dramatize that fact in front of MS 51 where David’s older daughter attends.

Watch the Brooklyn Paper Video Debate Online
A few days earlier the three candidates debated similar issues in a private debate held in the offices of the Brooklyn Paper. Although the subsequent write-up was not quite the endorsement we were hoping for, it does give David’s supporters, especially those of you who’ve missed the debates, to watch him express his viewpoints in a live video. Click on the link below and then follow the instructions in the article:

http://www.brooklyn stories/32/ 42/32_42_ gk_39th_debate. html

Candidate Debates Still Upcoming

TOMORROW October 22 at 8 PM
David will go head to head with Democratic candidate Brad Lander at the Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats (CBID). This is CBID’s monthly meeting but it is open to the public.  The discussion will focus on David’s strongest point: reform of the Council and the role of the Speaker.  This topic has generated a lot of press and is a point where the two candidates strongly disagree, so don’t miss it. The debate takes place at the Park Slope Methodist Church, 6th Avenue and 8th Street.

Thursday, October 29 at 7PM
Debate Sponsored by the Food Coalition and other community groups. Topics to be covered include health, sustainability, school food and curriculum, expanding access to healthy food, social justice for food workers and consumers and local healthy food sources.  The debate takes place at PS 10 (7th Ave & Prospect Ave) in Park Slope.

Events Past and Upcoming

Many of us were on hand Sunday night to hear Jason West, former Green Party Mayor of New Paltz, NY, speak at Ginger’s Bar on 5th Avenue. He talked about his researches into the legal ins and outs of performing same-sex marriages in New York State, his decision to conduct those marriages, and his ensuing legal troubles. He then gave David a resounding endorsement. Afterwards we were entertained by the trio of comedians known as the Dykes With Mics. A fun time was had by attendees of all orientations!

Halloween Parade
We need volunteers for the Park Slope Halloween parade to be in the parade and to help make costumes and change David’s pedicab into a pirate ship!!!  (We’ll park the ‘ship’ at the end of the route for the whole parade).  The theme is ‘spooky seas’ and we want to collect clean recyclables because we’ll have a polluted sea theme as our ‘spooky seas’.  The parade is on October 31 starting at 6:30 from 7th Ave & 14th Street and ending at the Old Stone House (5th Ave & 3rd Street). Please let me know if you can help by responding to this e-blast.

And Last But Definitely Not Least:

If we get 20 more volunteers, we will be able to cover all the polling sites in District 39. Even if you can’t work the entire day, please consider coming out for one or both of the most crucial shifts: from 6 to 9 AM and/or from 5 to 9 PM.

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