Another Race to Watch

December 14, 2007 at 10:04 pm Leave a comment

The media was abuzz this week when Adolfo Carrion, Bronx Borough President, announced that he would run for city comptroller in 2009 instead of mayor. Journalists and bloggers scrambled to pronounce who in the mayoral race would benefit by Carrion’s dropping out. Just as buzz-worthy, however, is that Carrion poses a serious challenge to Melinda Katz, Forest Hills resident, council member representing the 29th council district, chair of the Committee on Land Use of the NYC Council, and someone who has had her eye on the comptroller’s office for a very long time. The aura surrounding Carrion is good, as evidenced in this article in the Daily News from early December that includes a string of accolades.

Carrion has increased total investment in the Bronx from $400 million in 2001 to almost $6 billion today, has raised property value by 40% and reduced unemployment by 6%….Carrion’s charisma hasn’t hurt, either. At 46, he looks like a movie star and could easily pass as Alex Rodriguez’s better-looking big brother. He lives on City Island with his wife and four children, coaches his 9-year-old’s basketball team and cooks at home, including an entire Thanksgiving meal for 28 people this year. His wife, an attorney, works full time. One of his daughters goes to Stuyvesant H.S. He sounds and looks too good to be true, but it’s this optimistic and idealistic personal and political philosophy that drives his policy

We have a long way to go before this race* is decided, but I want to emphasize how important it is to know who has done and said what—our only two guides for making choices when pulling the lever. Otherwise, come primary day (and then election day), many people will just choose the name they know instead of the person they believe will be best for the job.

*Other hats in ring belong to Brooklyn Assemblyman James Brennan and Council members David Weprin and David Yassky.

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Entry filed under: Forest Hills, politics, Queens.

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