2013 NY City Council Elections



CVH Power has endorsed in seven council districts in 2013, including Donovan Richards in District 31, Ede Fox in District 35,and and Inez Barron in District 42. Read more about those endorsements here.

Flenoy Withers III of Mott Haven speaks about his support of Melissa Mark-Viverito

We have also endorsed, and are actively supporting, Melissa Mark-Viverito in District 8 in the South Bronx and East Harlem. More here.

We have also endorsed Mark Levin in District 7, Ritchie Torres in District 15, and Carlos Menchaca in District 38. Read more here.




Community Voices Heard Power has sent a commitment form to all of the New York City Council candidates, asking them to pledge to act on four of the issues that our members consider to be the most important in this city.

See The Candidates’ Answers!


Read the memo showing that 2014 will see Participatory Budgeting NYC grow from 9 districts to between 14 and 22 districts! And read about it in Capital’s September 2013 piece, “How participatory budgeting became normal practice on the New York City Council”.


If you are from a campaign and did not receive a mailing, or have any questions, you can email Chris Keeley at chris@cvhpower.org, or you can simply fill out the pledge here.


The following are the questions that were sent out to the candidates:


Overhauling the City’s Workforce Development Strategy

I commit to working to overhaul the New York City Workforce Development system so it is focused on moving people into good paying jobs, not just any job, and integrating workforce development systems that work with welfare recipients, disconnected youth, and the more recently unemployed, and providing adequate training opportunities to those that need them.


Ending the Work Experience Program (WEP)

I commit to working to fight for City Council funding to replace the city’s unpaid, workfare program — the Work Experience Program — with other work activities that meet the federal requirements, such as paid Transitional Jobs, home care work until a child can go to pre-k, access to education and training, and subsidized entrepreneurship training?

New Revenues for Public Housing

I commit to fighting for alternative revenue generating streams that would be used to fund badly-needed repairs at NYC Housing Authority buildings, including fighting for an end to the Memorandum of Understanding between NYCHA & the NYPD that sees the Housing Authority pay more than $70 million each year for police services as one source of revenue?


Joining the Participatory Budgeting NYC Effort

If elected, I commit to participating in the Participatory Budgeting NYC process by dedicating at least $1 million of my capital discretionary funds to be decided by the residents of my Council District. More info is available at www.PBNYC.org.



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