Three Transpo Debates Coming Up in First Week of September

This November, New York voters will elect the occupants of every seat in the State Senate and Assembly, as well as their next governor, attorney general, and comptroller. For many races in heavily Democratic New York City, the deciding moment will come a lot sooner — on primary day. That’s just two weeks away on Tuesday, September 14.

In the next few days we should get to see the responses to candidate surveys sent out by Transportation Alternatives and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, which went to everyone running in the five boroughs and the seven other counties served by the MTA.

We’ve also got three live debates coming up this week and next, starting tomorrow with the contenders for the 10th Senate District in southeast Queens, incumbent Shirley Huntley and challenger Lynn Nunes. The next day, Pedro Espada’s opponents in the 33rd District will face off (a debate that Espada has backed out of), and next Thursday, the candidates running to succeed AG hopeful Eric Schneiderman in the 31st District will discuss where they stand on transportation issues.

Here’s the full debate schedule from TA, which is organizing the events with local partners:

10th SENATE DISTRICT DEBATE (Richmond Hill)
Wednesday, September 1st, 2010, 7:00-9:00pm
Fairfield Pavilion, 131-10 101st Avenue, Richmond Hill, Queens
Partner organization: Richmond Hill EDC
Moderator: Clare Trapasso (New York Daily News)

33rd SENATE DISTRICT DEBATE (Fordham, Kingsbridge)
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010, 7:00-9:00pm
Fordham Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2430 Walton Ave., The Bronx
Partner organization: Picture the Homeless
Moderator: Alex Kratz (Bronx News Network)

31st SENATE DISTRICT DEBATE (Washington Heights, Inwood, West Harlem)
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010, 7:00-9:00pm
The Armory Foundation, 216 Fort Washington Ave (between 168th & 169th Streets), Manhattan
Partner organizations: WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Upper West Side Renaissance
Moderators: Dan Rivoli (West Side Spirit), David King (Assistant
Professor of Urban Planning, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture,
Planning and Preservation)

  • Any idea what we need to do attend these debates? Can we just show up?

  • The forums are free and open to the public.

  • JK

    TA should be applauded. These debates are planting seeds for future success for sustainable transportation advocacy. Though still small in number, they will help create the nucleus of an informed, pro-transit, caucus in the legislature — and can help move the legislature beyond the knee jerk “It’s the MTA’s fault”rhetoric that risks driving the system into ruin. And, of course, this same nucleus can help support legislation which promotes better walking and cycling. All and all, good, solid organizing that will pay off over the years ahead.

  • ddartley

    Anyone have any livable streets thoughts on the 14th Congressional District primary, Carolyn Maloney vs. challenger Reshma Saujani?

  • Ian Turner

    ddartley, I live in that district and I’ll be taking a close look at this race. Drop me a line sometime next week and I’ll share my thoughts.

    –Ian

  • ddartley

    Thanks Ian. I don’t think I know how to reach you other than here. Do you have a message-able lsn profile (I can’t tell because of the network I’m on)?

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