City Council District 36 - Democratic Primary

    
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Preferred Candidate - Robert Cornegy Jr. - Dem
Age: 46 Occupation: Legislative Policy Analyst, NYC Council
Education: BS (name of degree-granting institution not provided); MA (name of degree-granting institution not provided)

Robert Cornegy, Jr. is a legislative policy analyst for the City Council, working with the Aging and Veterans Committees. He is seeking election to office as a long-time resident of the district who has been a public servant for his community for over ten years. His top priorities include developing small businesses, and assisting entrepreneurs through creating an incubator to provide capital funds. He also would seek to protect seniors in his community to ensure that their property assets are protected, using his experience working on aging issues. In regards to reform issues, Cornegy was supportive of the majority of Citizens Union’s issues, and stated that he has worked on reform within the Brooklyn Democratic Party as a District Leader by working on its Rules Committee to eliminate at large seats. On City Council reform, he believes that member items should be distributed after an assessment that determines which communities need resources the most. Cornegy also supports the concept of instant runoff voting, while believing that, in general, more voters should be engaged in the electoral process. Citizens Union prefers Robert Cornegy due to his first-hand experience in the City Council, and his in-depth policy knowledge of important issues impacting his community.

 

  
 


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Robert Waterman - Dem
Age: 49 Occupation: Pastor, Antioch Baptist Church
Education: Hunter College, CUNY (BA); Drew University (MA)

Robert Waterman, a pastor for the Antioch Baptist Church, public school teacher for P.S. 5, and member of Brooklyn Community Board 3, is running in response to his disappointment with city government. As a teacher, he has provided youth programs through his school and church without government funding. Waterman’s top priorities include improving education by eliminating the co-location of charter and public schools. He also proposed improving access to health care in the event of hospital closings through clinics to prevent a gap in service. In regards to reform issues, Waterman supports reforming mayoral control to ensure that communities have a greater voice, but opposed changes to ensuring that public matching funds are not provided where there is a potential for pay-to-play to occur. While Citizens Union believes that Waterman is a sincere, grassroots candidate, he lacked the specific knowledge of issues and policy experience that his opponent possessed.


Kirsten John Foy - Dem
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Reginald Swiney - Dem
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Conrad B. Tillard - Dem
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