Tuesday, October 22, 2013

City of Albany Mayoral Debate October 2013

Can you find me in the audience?
Not since WAMC's forum July 2 at the Linda had all of the folks running for Mayor of New York's Capital City been in the same place at the same time to engage in discourse and debate. This debate, organized by the HC and LULAC, in my opinion, was well-timed and just what the community needed! Months passed since we last connected with our candidates for Mayor... kudos to the Hispanic organizations for making this forum happen!
The Albany Six

The collection of thoughts and ideas from these six people, collectively, was awe-inspiring. Each candidate, whether left-leaning or right-leaning, managed at one point or another during the evening to connect with members of the audience.
Panelists: Nathan Lebron, Chairman of the Board, HispCoalitionNY - Jason Benitez, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs at Union College - Clotelle Drakeford, Public Defender's Office, Columbia County  -  Stanley De La Cruz, President, LULAC Council #23058  and at the podium Amalia Salinas,
Secretary, LULAC Council #23058
I arrived early at the Albany Public Library's main branch; I had just attended the "2nd Anniversary of Occupy Albany" at Academy Park a little farther down the road. I had a piece of Occucake (I told 'em they shoulda served "Occu-pie!") , and recorded some amazing interviews, including one with *tease* Bradley Russell!
Happy B'day OA!

When I arrived at the Library I was greeted by Nathan LeBron. Nathan made history four years ago when he became first Hispanic to run for Mayor in the City of Albany. He has a warmth about him that makes others feel comfortable. I also ran into Mónica M. Arias Miranda, who is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hispanic Coalition NY, Incorporated. She will soon add another "M" to her "list" of names beginning with that particular letter!

Speaking of "M," the first candidate to arrive at the APL was none other than Marlon Anderson. He just won't quit! No matter he couldn't get his petitions past the BOE: Marlon's his own man, running as a write-in. Love him or hate him, he oozes with political enthusiasm! Passionate about his city - always willing to share his time and two cents with reporters! Old media pals Dan Levy (WNYT) and Marc Gronich (jbiz) were also on hand. Two of the best "peeps" in the business! All of the candidates looked refreshed and ready to have a go! It was a remarkable evening, and I'll be filing a radio report Wednesday, if all goes according to plan.
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