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City Council Candidates Forum
« on: April 13, 2009, 03:30:13 PM »
New Visions Democratic Club hosts
CITY COUNCIL (25th District) CANDIDATES FORUM

All Candidates Have Been Invited and Are Expected to Attend
including: Daniel Dromm, Stanley Kalathara,
Alfonso Quiroz, Majud Rahman, and Helen Sears

Thursday, April 16th 8:30pm
Jackson Heights Jewish Center
3706 77th Street, corner of 37th Avenue
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The New Visions Democratic Club is one of the largest Democratic clubs in Queens. New Visions is a progressive and grassroots Democratic club committed to bringing new voices and new ideas into the political process. In 2005, the New Visions Democratic
Club embraced the future when it voted to allow members of our diverse community to become members regardless of their immigration status.  The New Visions Democratic Club is proud of its progressive agenda, its inclusive history, and its success in helping quality candidates get elected.
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CITY COUNCIL (25th District) CANDIDATES FORUM
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2009, 03:56:05 PM »
New Visions Democratic Club hosts
CITY COUNCIL (25th District) CANDIDATES FORUM

All Candidates Have Been Invited and Are Expected to Attend
including: Daniel Dromm, Stanley Kalathara,
Alfonso Quiroz, Majud Rahman, and Helen Sears

Thursday, April 16th 8:30pm
Jackson Heights Jewish Center
3706 77th Street, corner of 37th Avenue
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

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Re: CITY COUNCIL (25th District) CANDIDATES FORUM
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2009, 11:22:33 PM »
Not a moment too soon!  This I really would like to see, but unfortunately, I'll be out of town.  Hopefully the candidates will come prepared to give substantive answers!



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Re: CITY COUNCIL (25th District) CANDIDATES FORUM
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2009, 11:31:28 AM »
Any chance the event is being video taped or recorded and possibly posted somewhere later for those of us who can't attend to see /hear ?
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Re: CITY COUNCIL (25th District) CANDIDATES FORUM
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2009, 10:01:53 AM »
I think it is important for people to attend this event, show the candidates that you care.

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Re: City Council Candidates Forum
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2009, 10:03:13 AM »
I plan to attend :coolsmiley:

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Re: City Council Candidates Forum
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2009, 09:47:31 AM »
It was a good meeting the only candidates speaking were:

Daniel Dromm, Stanley Kalathara, and Helen Sears.

It seems that Stanley only platform is that he is against the extension of term limits?



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Re: City Council Candidates Forum
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2009, 07:46:29 PM »
Thank you for posting this information. I went to this and was highly entertained--I mean, informed. I thought each candidate generally represented what they were about.

I'm new here, and relatively recent to the neighborhood, so I felt like I got some background by seeing Daniel Dromm and Helen Sears especially. Stanley Kalathara was a one or two issue candidate, although he seemed like a great person and certainly he is right about some of the things on the minds of at least a few people there-- like term limits, bla bla. Helen Sears I thought represented herself poorly. I was interested to hear her speak. Unfortunately she presented a series of sentences with plausible but madliblike connectives and grand sweeping questions like "How do you do that?" when presented with a problem likely to confront -- as have confronted -- those in City Hall. I found her rhetorical style to be mesmerizing (and empty) as poetry, as she'd gun the accelerator going from one point to another, seemingly without referent. To be fair, I didn't learn much about her ideology or her positions--though some of the people there were able to shout out a few questions (some under their breaths) that made me realize she has either really terrible judgment or no integrity. Whatever. What can I do to help defeat her? Please post answers on Jackon Heights Life.

Daniel Dromm was pretty inspiring. I didn't know anything about him but was moved by his story. His mother was there. He spoke well and briskly, clearly.  He's a Teacher!  Wow! Awesome! I'll vote for this guy!  He was very compelling and I'm certainly going to check out the website. Seriously, if he's who's running against Helen Sears, count me in. He's in the AFT.  He'll yeah. I'm a company townie--Union Made.

I was shocked to hear how much Helen Sears was apologizing for things not happening or not happening fast enough. She cited the it's "the way things go" argument (not her words), that sense of "when you're there, you'll know how sausage making is a drag, and then you'll be in the know, but until then, you don't know" and therefore by implication can't enter into a policy debate with such an annointed (i mean elected) leader who is "in the know." She made points like this more than once. In any case, Daniel Dromm seemed to me to be the only serious candidate there. Two others didn't show. Assemblyman Peralta appeared but yielded so more questions could be asked. 

The crowd was a mix of old-timers from the neighborhood and some younger folks.  I saw some Flip video and copious camera action: if you covered this event for a media organization or blog, please post a link here.  I'd like to hear a recording -- if not see video -- of the event. Perhaps it's already making the rounds.   Like I said, I'm new.. I'd never been to the New Visions Democratic Club -- and I hope more events are posted here.

Are there other good sources of information for such political meetings or things like that? I love Jackson Heights Life and wonder if there is a list of JH blogs or whatnot.  Thanks again for posting this information. 

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Re: City Council Candidates Forum
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2009, 12:16:05 AM »
Are there other good sources of information for such political meetings or things like that? I love Jackson Heights Life and wonder if there is a list of JH blogs or whatnot.  Thanks again for posting this information. 

Hi CupcakeTownie!  Welcome to Jackson Heights Life, and thanks for posting a summary of the event.

If you're interested in more community events, you'll find a good listing of them in JHL's Community Groups, Activities & Events board.  Check it out.

We also have a listing of various community blogs called JH Bloggers, Info, and Discussion Sites.  You'll find the link atop the Neighborhood Chat section of JHL.
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Re: City Council Candidates Forum
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2009, 09:20:04 AM »
Thanks, Chuckster.  The events forum is very helpful and interesting.  The list of blogs and JH-related websites, etc., is also very promising. I plan to visit and spend time on each one of the blogger sites listed there. The JH-related ones don't seem to be updated very often, however--not often enough to serve as a local-news-gathering function. I am sure there are waves of interest, time, etc. which cause this, and so understand why that happens. This site seems to be the best place for what's happening -- I never did see if anyone else covered the bias attack on the Sikh man, for example. And the problems with the Con-Ed fires... some of this appears on this site almost as "breaking news" -- and I know I've witnessed stuff and wondered what was going on and came here for answers.  Whatever happened at the Diversity Center? A cop told me he'd been posted at the door but wouldn't say why.  This is not news you'll read about anywhere else, though I realize I'm harping on something for another thread.  In any case, now that I'm hooked up with an account, I'll try to do my part here...
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Re: City Council Candidates Forum
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2009, 02:17:28 PM »
While I was only able to stop in to the debate for a few minutes, it was all I needed to get a clear sense of the candidates that were there.

Sears was her usual strange and confusing self. She constantly referred to the fact that there are things we (the general public) don't know and wouldn't understand that influence her voting in the city council. That alone did not make her sound like the progressive candidate she claims to be. "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" is not quite a good platform to run on if you ask me. 

Kalathara practically endorsed Dromm by agreeing with him on almost every point ! :)

Danny sounded clear, confident, and serious. It's as if he took the time to prepare for the debate. What a novel idea ! Someone who wants the job actually thinking and working hard for it ???? It's a crazy approach that  just might (hopefully) work.

"It is widely recognized that the courageous spirit of a
single man can inspire to victory an army of
thousands. If one concerned with ordinary gain can
create such an effect, how much more will be produced by one who cares for greater things ?" -Chunag Tse

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2nd City Council Candidates Forum
« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2009, 08:22:38 AM »
JFK Democratic Club hosts
CITY COUNCIL (25th District) CANDIDATES FORUM

All Candidates Have Been Invited and Are Expected to Attend
including: Daniel Dromm, Stanley Kalathara, Alfonso Quiroz, and Helen Sears

Wednesday, April 22nd 7:30pm
Community Methodist Church
81-10 35th Avenue
Jackson Heights

Free & Open to the Public

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City Council Candidates Forum Video
« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2009, 09:09:57 AM »
I was able to shoot some video at the first City Council Candidates Forum on 4/16/09 at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights.
Note: the footage is a bit shaky.

Candidate Introductions

Daniel Dromm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhhW5iEBrik

Stanley Kalathara
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxThUsfgs-0

Helen Sears
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvIi251x_94

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Re: City Council Candidates Forum Video
« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2009, 09:28:51 AM »
I was able to shoot some video at the first City Council Candidates Forum on 4/16/09 at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights.
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This is great, we actuallyhave a record of what they said! :)

I still think that Stanley Kalathara's platform need to do more other than fight term limits.

 




i]Note: the footage is a bit shaky. [/i]

Candidate Introductions

Daniel Dromm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhhW5iEBrik

Stanley Kalathara
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxThUsfgs-0

Helen Sears
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvIi251x_94

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Re: City Council Candidates Forum
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2009, 02:31:31 PM »
Thanks to willsweeney for posting those videos.

Based on the intros from the video and the summaries posted above, I feel as if Mr. Kalathara didn't take full advantage of the opportunity to voice his platform.  I don't know what he stands for other than opposing Helen Sears' decision to run again.  Hopefully, I'll get to next forum.  I look forward to hearing more from Daniel Dromm.
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Re: City Council Candidates Forum
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2009, 02:31:31 PM »