City and State News Council Candidate Using Redistricting Lawsuit Discussion to Raise Money [Updated] by Chris Bragg

City and State
City and State
Council Candidate Using Redistricting Lawsuit Discussion to Raise Money [Updated]
Chris Bragg
03/26/2012

 

I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a campaign fundraiser themed quite like this before, but New York City Council candidate Ben Kallos is holding a fundraiser (donation for co-chairs, $1,000) centered around a discussion of the redistricting lawsuit Cuomo v. Favors.

The “Redistricting Lawsuit Discussion in Support of Kallos for Council” is being held on April 24, location to-be-determined, and will feature “special guest” Mark Favors, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit.

The theme seems a little weird for a fundraiser, but this isn’t totally out of left field. Kallos, who is running for Councilwoman Jessica Lappin’s seat (as she runs for Manhattan borough president), is executive director of Bill Samuels’ New Roosevelt Initiative. Recall that Samuels didnot exactly have a positive reaction to the way that the whole redistricting deal went down.

UPDATE:

Kallos wrote in to say that though the fundraiser may be a bit unusual, he is trying to run a “substantive campaign about the issues that not only effect the district but the City as a whole.” He also noted that his first fundraiser was meant to help Second Avenue small businesses fighting to stay a float a midst the subway construction.

Here’s the info, which was just posted on Facebook:

Co-Chairs:
John Nonna – Doug Dunham – Robert Donovan – Frank Streng – Jeff Wice – Ed Downe – David Gikow –Bob Fertik – David Kogelman – Ted Anastasiou – Ekow Yankah – Cindy Kouril – Janos Marton – Scott Greenspan

Hosts:
Hon. Costa Constantinides – Matthew Morningstar – D…an Burstein 
Michael Gilberg –Mara Blumenthal – Douglas Keith– Sarah Reid
Patrick Burke – Darrel Paster – Susan Hochberg – Jeff Margolies

Honoring 
Benjamin Kallos for 
New York City Council

With Special Guest
Mark Favors 
lead Plaintiff in Favors v. Cuomo. 
who is seeking a fair redistricting in 2012 
that will protect democracy and civil rights
This suit is responsible for the new congressional lines and 
will likely draw the lines for the New York State Senate

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
7PM to 9PM
Location TBD

Contribution Levels:
$1,000 Co-Chair
$500 Host
$250 Partner
$175 Associate
Call for Law Student Rate

Committee in Formation – Join by Calling 917-570-6970
Purchase tickets in advance at kallosforcouncil.com