2009-09-10 / Top Stories

FUBA Meeting Brings Out Candidates For City Offices

By Dara Mormile

(Top) Public Advocate hopeful Mark Green addresses recent FUBA meeting audience. (Bottom) City Council candidate Erlene King talks about issues important to community. Dara Mormile       (Top) Public Advocate hopeful Mark Green addresses recent FUBA meeting audience. (Bottom) City Council candidate Erlene King talks about issues important to community. Dara Mormile The Friends United Block Association (FUBA) returned from summer break last Thursday with a special "Meet the (Democratic) Primary Candidates" forum at Temple Shaare Emeth.

FUBA president Gardy Brazela introduced candidates running for the 45th and 46th councilmanic districts, which encompass Canarsie, Mill Basin, and parts of East Flatbush. Candidates in attendance included Gene Berardelli, Erlene King, Jumanne Williams and Dexter McKenzie. Mark Green, who is running for Public Advocate, also spoke to residents at length about his accomplishments in holding the public advocate office in the past.

Gene Berardelli, the only Republican in the race, also attended the forum. He is running against City Councilman Lew Fidler.

Fidler, who has been councilman of District 46 since 2002, said he has accomplished many tasks while in office and, if re-elected will continue to serve his constituents by funding projects such as programs for schools, seniors and local parks.

Williams and King, both running for the 45th District, introduced themselves and their experiences within the community. Both served on the community boards and assisted with organizing programs for colleges and local schools.

Mark Green, who also has served as Commissioner for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and has been a mayoral candidate, spoke extensively about his plans to bring city services back.

"I'm right for the job because I've done the job," he said. "When I was public advocate eight years ago, I investigated and exposed how low-income communities pay more for certain services. I also proposed the idea to develop 311 - the city's information call center - and it was later implemented. My current goal isn't to simply co-sponsor a bill, I want to expose a problem and solve it." Following each candidate's speech, residents were given the opportunity to ask questions about how candidates would improve quality of life issues, as well as address the cost of living.

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