Assembly District 55 - Democratic Primary 2012

 

  
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PREFERRED CANDIDATE – ANTHONY HERBERT– DEM

Age: 48
Occupation:
Vocational education specialist, Brooklyn Community Services

Education: George Westinghouse Vocational and Technical High School (Diploma)

Anthony Herbert is an educational specialist and former nightlife promoter with experience working on Wall Street who has been active in his community as an organizer, founding the Save Our Community Initiative and The Advocates Without Borders Network. He has also served as a special assistant to a NYC Council member and Congressman Ed Towns and as Chair of The NYCHA/NAACP City-Wide Civic Engagement Committee. Herbert supports almost all of CU’s reform agenda including a state campaign finance system with public matching funds. His top priorities in the district are providing constituents with greater access to data about government services and programs that can help them; getting guns off the street; providing youth with more job and program opportunities; and spurring economic development and job growth in the district. Citizens Union preferred Herbert because he presented concrete proposals for tackling the challenges facing his district.

     


  

WILLIAM BOYLAND, JR. – DEM

 

Age: 41
Occupation:
Member, NYS Assembly

Education: B.S. Business Administration (name of degree-granting institution not provided)

William Boyland is running for reelection, and will have completed his ninth year in office. As of the time of this writing, Boyland is currently under federal indictment for a second time for bribery charges (he was acquitted of the first indictment). He is also being investigated for allegedly claiming taxpayer-funded reimbursement of bogus expenses, and has 41 unpaid judgments totaling more than $22,000 for failure to file campaign contributions and expenditures. According to NYPIRG, Boyland has missed 280 legislative votes this past session. He did not sponsor any bills in 2011 and only three in 2012 that were never brought to a vote. Boyland says his top priorities as a legislator are strengthening school curricula in science, technology, math and engineering; improving neighborhood infrastructure; finding solutions to gang violence; and providing resources to small businesses to encourage them to hire district residents. Boyland supports most of Citizens Union’s reform issues, including a state campaign finance system with public matching funds modeled on New York City’s, but disagrees with CU on several issues, such as revoking pension for members who have been convicted of felonies and easing access to the ballot for state legislative candidates. Boyland voted against first passage of the constitutional amendment to create an independent redistricting committee, as well as the accompanying statute, but pledged to vote for the second legislative passage required to bring the issue to the voters. Because of his legal and ethical issues and lack of legislative activity, Citizens Union does not support Boyland in the primary race.


  
 
 

 

NATHAN BRADLEY – DEM

 

Age: 46
Occupation:
Chief of Staff in the district office, Senator John Sampson; Chair, Brooklyn Community Board 5

Education: N/A

Nathan Bradley is chief of staff in the district office of Senator John Sampson and has been chair of Brooklyn Community Board 5 for the past five years. Born and raised in the district, he has work experience in the military and in information technology. He says he would be CU’s partner on reform and is especially passionate about election reforms such as election day registration, no-excuse absentee voting and allowing parolees to vote because they will directly impact his district which he says has extremely low voter turnout. His top issues for the district are providing more health care in a district with hardly any primary care facilities; economic development and job creation; and reducing gun violence. Bradley had a strong grasp of the needs of his district and a commitment to election reform, but Citizens Union did not prefer him because he did not present concrete strategies for carrying out his agenda.

 

ROY ANTOINE – DEM

Has not returned questionnaire

Candidate could not be scheduled for an interview by Citizens Union



CHRISTOPHER J. DUROSINMI – DEM

Has not returned questionnaire

Candidate could not be scheduled for an interview by Citizens Union


ANTHONY JONES – DEM

Has not returned questionnaire

Candidate could not be scheduled for an interview by Citizens Union



 

DAVID MILLER – DEM

Has not returned questionnaire

Candidate could not be scheduled for an interview by Citizens Union

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