A rushed ratification process along with botched mail return labels and confusing emails lead to serious questions about election integrity.
City Council Updates
Harry Garrido appeared on NY1 in an Errol Lewis (way over rated) interview that was sponsored by guess who -- AETNA.
Breaking on Tuesday Primary:
Of the contested City Council seats that may affect an eventual Medicare vote:
- It looks like our D42 Socialist friend Charles Barron is out, as of January, as he is significantly trailing UFT-endorsed candidate Chris Banks.
- Yusef Salaam will replace our friend Kristin Jordan Richardson who did not run. Salaam is nominally a progressive. He beat KRJ's centrist challenger Inez Dickens (who was endorsed by the UFT) in something of a surprise upset.
- Our solid Republican friend, Ari Kagan, will go up against our wishy-washy Democratic friend, Justin Brannan, in the newly drawn 47th District in Brooklyn.
- The newly drawn, majority-Asian, 43rd District in Brooklyn's Sunset Park Chinatown may be a close race in November featuring a hard-right Democrat, Susan Zhuang, versus a yet-to-be-determined, actual Republican (either Ying Tan or Vito LaBella).In other contested races involving 1099-supportive friends, Christopher Marte cruised in D1 (Yay!), Lynn Schulman is well ahead in D29, and Linda Lee cruised in D23.
The UFT seems to have bumped off Barron - bad news for retirees.
Video from rallies and press conference:
Message from Retiree Advocate
As many of you have heard, there is a new bill in the NY City Council that would require the City to offer Medicare-eligible city retirees and their Medicare-eligible dependents at least one Medigap plan with benefits equivalent to or better than those available to city retirees and their dependents as of December 31, 2021.
It would provide retirees with the health coverage that they have had for decades and would stop the unacceptable transfer into a Medicare Advantage Plan.
Let's do what we can to make this Bill get the support it needs to become binding.
Contact City Council Members
Ask them to co-sponsor Bill 1099
Good morning CM ,
I am a New York City retiree, and I am urging you to support Council Member Barron's Retiree bill 1099 which guarantees all city retirees and their dependents the right to remain on traditional Medicare with a Medicare Supplemental (or Medigap) plan paid for by the City of New York as required under Section 12-126.
I ask and expect your support for this bill. Will you co-sponsor, support and vote for bill 1099 to protect retirees' healthcare options? I request your response asap.
?? year retired teacher, UFT retiree
City Council Spreadsheet with Contact list- June 26, 2023
Yellow = Co-sponsors of Barron’s Healhtcare Bill
District 2- Carlina Rivera- COS is Katie Loebfirstname.lastname@example.org district office-212 6771077, leg. office-212 788 7366
District 4- Keith Powers- Hayley Brundige legislative director and budget director email@example.com COS is Ben Jacobs firstname.lastname@example.org Legislative Office: 212-788-7393 District Office: 212-818-0580
District 5- Julie Menin- District5@council.nyc.gov Chief of Staff Jonathan Szott JSzott@council.nyc.gov Leg Dir-Brandon Jordan email@example.com Scheduler/Director of Constituent Services -Cameron Koffman CKoffman@council.nyc.gov Legislative Office: 212-788-6865
District Office: 212-873-0282 Legislative office 212-788-6975
District 8- Diana Ayala-COS Elise Encarnacion firstname.lastname@example.org 212-788-6960. Ashley Aviles-Asst to Office of Deputy Speaker-Asaviles@council.nyc.
District 9-Kristen Richardson Jordan- email@example.com 646 960 1344 COS Jack McClatchy@council.nyc.gov or firstname.lastname@example.org 929 595 4586 Lisa McKraken email@example.com Legislative Office: 212-788-7397
District 11-Eric Dinowitz-Chief of Staff Jenna Klaus Jklaus@council.nyc.gov For scheduling inquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org Legislative Office: (212) 788-7080 District Office: (718) 549-7300
District 12-Kevin C. Riley- COS is Simone Jones- sijones@council Budget Director- Jahmal Yapp Jyapp@council.nyc.gov Legislative Office: (212)-788-6873 District Office: (718) 684-5509 or 347-326-8652
District 14- Pierina Ana Sanchez- constituent services -Adrian Cacho email@example.com Legislative Office: 212-788-7074 District Office: 917-409-6376
District 15-Oswald Feliz- Theona Reets-COS and Budget Director- firstname.lastname@example.org Legislative Office:212-788-6966 District Office: 718-842-8100
District 17-Rafael Salamanca- Salamanca@council.nyc.gov Legislative Office: 212-788-7384 District Office: 718-402-6130
District Office: 718 792-1140
District 19-Vickie Paladino- Constituent Services Evelyn Mallo email@example.com Legislative Office: 212-788-7250
District Office: 718-651-1917
District Office: 718-274-4500
District 23-Linda Lee- COS Amanda Vazquez Amvazquez@council.nyc.gov
District Office: 718-217-4969
District 26- Julie Won - Carolina Gil Chief of Staff CGil@council.nyc.gov Legislative Director - Isaac Blasenstein IBlasenstein@council.nyc.gov Legislative Office: 212-788-7370 District Office: 718-383-9566
District 27- Nantasha Williams- Budget and Leg Dir. Everton Smith firstname.lastname@example.org Legislative Office: 212-788-7084 District Office: 718-776-3700
District 28- Adrienne Adams-Chief of Staff Jeremy John- Jejohn@council.nyc.gov Legislative Office: 212-788-6850 District Office: 718-206-2068
District 29- Lynn Schulman- COS Seth Urbinder email@example.com - (718) 544- 8800
District 30- Robert Holden- COS-Daniel Kurzyna firstname.lastname@example.org Leg Dir-Craig Caruanaemail@example.com.
District 31- Selvena N. Brooks-Powers-district31@
District 32- Joann Ariola-COS Phyllis Inserillo firstname.lastname@example.org Legislative Office: 212-788-7069 District Office: 718-738-1083 or 718-318-6411
District 33-Lincoln Restler- COS Mariana Alexander email@example.com Legislative Office: 212-788-7348 District Office: 718-875-5200
District Office: 718-963-3141
District 35- Crystal Hudson- Dir. of Policy and Budget Andrew Wright firstname.lastname@example.org. COS- Cassie Addison email@example.com Legislative Office: 212-788-7081 District Office: 718-260-9191
District 36-Chi Osse - Chief of Staff, Naomi Hopkins, firstname.lastname@example.org Policy & Legislative Director- May Vutrapongatana - email@example.com.
District Office: 718-919-0740
District 37- Sandy Nurse -COS-Carlos Munoz firstname.lastname@example.org Legislative Office: 212-788-7284 District Office: 718-642-8664
Legislative Office: 212-788-7372 District Office: 718-439-9012
District 40-Rita Joseph - Leg Dir email@example.com Legislative Office: 212-788-7352 District Office:718-287-8762
District 41- Darlene Mealy- Legislative Office: 212-788-7387 District Office: 718-953-3097
District 43-Justin Brannan-Chief of Staff- Christopher McCreight -CMccreight@council.nyc.gov Legislative Office: 212-788-7363 District Office: 718-748-5200
Legislative Office: 212-788-7357 District Office: 718-853-2704
District 45-Farah N. Louis- For leg. and budget Dir. Ruth Guillaume firstname.lastname@example.org Legislative Office: 212-788-6859 District Office: 718-629-2900