November 2007: ...Queens Councilman Eric Gioia stated that he was troubled by the concept of eminent domain and noted it was a slippery slope as to when it necessary and reasonable for the government to use eminent domain.
April 2008: Councilman Eric N. Gioia...of Queens said the threat of eminent domain, even as a last resort, was “like walking into a negotiation, putting a gun on the table, and saying, ‘I’d like to strike a fair deal; I’ll only use the gun if I have to.’”
Despite this, Eric voted "yes" to eminent domain abuse at Willets Point on November 13th, 2008.
From the Public Advocate candidate himself: I realize I’m living the American Dream. And anyone who is willing to work hard and do right should have access to the opportunities to make their dreams happen.* That’s the city I want to live in: a true city of opportunity...where the middle class can thrive, and where those working to get to the middle class can succeed.” (*except at Willets Point)
Read the rest of Team Gioia's propaganda and see if you can find ridding the City of eminent domain abuse mentioned anywhere as a priority.
On the other hand, Public Advocate candidate Norm Siegel has the issue at the top of his no-no list:
When the State/City uses eminent domain to take New Yorkers’ homes and businesses for private sports arenas, private universities’ expansion plans and private developers - a Siegel Public Advocate’s office would fight to stop that.