Roosevelt Islander Online: Manhattan Borough President Candidate Brad Hoylman Meets And Speaks To Roosevelt Island Residents At Farmers Market Last Saturday

Brad Hoylman is a NY State Senator
representing the 27th District in Manhattan and running for
Manhattan Borough President
to succeed
Gale Brewer who
is term limited. Mr Hoylman was at the Roosevelt Island Farmers Market last
Saturday meeting and talking with residents about local issues.

I spoke with Mr Hoylman at the Farmers Market. Mr Hoylman said his number one
priority is affordable housing and emphasized need for a “progressive
reformer” like himself as the Manhattan Borough President. Here’s what he had
to say.

Learn more about Mr Hoylman’s campaign for
Manhattan Borough President at his website.

Mr Hoylman’s opponents in the June 22 Democratic Party Primary are: 

You may ask what exactly does a Borough President do? According to
The City:

… A borough president is an advocate for their borough in a number of
ways. 

First, they have a sizable chunk of change at their disposal to fund local
initiatives, groups and projects like buying technology for public schools,
renovating local parks or spearheading community health outreach.

Borough presidents share about 5% of the city budget to fund things in their
borough — about $4 billion among them, according to the city’s Campaign
Finance Board.

Borough presidents can also introduce bills in the City Council, though they
do not get a vote.
They weigh in on land use proposals — in other words, development projects
that need public approval — with an advisory vote and written decision.
Their input is not binding, but it can be quite influential if they are
staunchly for or against a project and lobby Council members or the
mayor. 

Working with local City Council members, Borough presidents also appoint all
members of community boards, the local bodies that weigh in on everything
from new bike lanes to liquor licenses for restaurants. With that power, the
borough presidents can exert significant sway over neighborhood-level
politics and projects….

Click here for more from The City on NYC Borough Presidents.

And the
Gothamist has more on what the Borough President does.



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