Friday, August 7, 2009

Leavitt's in the money; Marshall won't get matching funds

Marc Leavitt, Democratic candidate for Queens Borough President, is the only candidate for that office who has qualified for public campaign matching funds, according to today’s Campaign Finance Board announcement. Notably, incumbent Helen Marshall, who is running for a third term since term limits were lifted, has raised less than half of the minimum required, as of her campaign’s most recent filing.

None of Marc’s three opponents who have filed nominating petitions has come close to raising the $44,588 threshold of matchable donations. As of his last filing, Marc received over 500 separate contributions, nearly twice as many as any other candidate.

“Being the only candidate to qualify for matching funds shows who has real grassroots support in Queens,” said Leavitt. “This is especially significant, since I am challenging an incumbent who has all the institutional support.”


Anonymous said...

I'd really like to support this guy, but his website offers no information about where he stands on issues. I don't want to end up with another clubhouse hack.

Anonymous said...

He's not a club house hack. The guy is an an outsider. Look at who he shared a nominating petition with; Tony Avella, and in North east Queens, Steve Behar.

Club house hacks would be on petitions with guys like Jerry "I plant hecklers at Candidate Forums" Iannece, or at least be on the same slate as county supported candidates like Bill Thompson.

My point is that club house hacks don't challenge county supported incumbents while aligning themselves with anti-machine candidates like Tony and Behar.

Anonymous said...

Yeah? Well Eric Gioia did just that. Now he's one of the gang.

Anonymous said...

Where can I read Leavitt's platform?

Does he support eminent domain for private gain, the tweeding of Queens, the neglect of our parks? How is he different from Marshall?

Anonymous said...

lets vote Marshall and Sears out, keep voting them out and the system will correct itself. if we kept voting them in then they will never listen to us. Let hold them accountable. I will give this guy a chance since Marshall screwed us big time.

Anonymous said...

It's high time that plantation house slave to the Queens building industry , Helen Marshall, is given the boot...Yas-sir!

Anonymous said...

I think it is inappropriate to call an African American like Helen Marshall and make a slave reference in the same sentence

Dan said...

I am the Campaign Coordinator for Marc Leavitt's campaign, and I'd like to answer some of the questions that have, quite properly, been asked here.

First, Marc is absolutely not a clubhouse anything. He decided to run for Borough President after term limits were extended, because everyone who had planned to run dropped out, giving Marshall an apparent clear path to a third term.

Marc is a long-time civic activist. He served as a Community School Board Member from 1980-1983. He is a former Kiwanis Club President and is involved with many issues including the Queens Foreclosure Project to keep people in their homes. He is an Elder Lawyer, he lectures for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Queens Library Foundation, and he is counsel pro bono to Sunnyside Community Services.

Marc's main message is that Queens is the multicultural heart of the greatest city in the world, and we don't get enough credit for it. The Borough President should be the person who promotes the borough, and Marc has some great ideas.

For example, Marc wants to create a Queens International Book Fair, bringing in authors from around the world to speak at our public libraries, bringing in people from each community. Then, have a convocation, with symposia, forums, etc., perhaps at Queens College, or maybe at Flushing Meadow Park -- where the U.N. was first set up.

Marc strongly believes in supporting small businesses, mom-and-pop stores, which are the backbone of our borough. He strongly supports the Small Business Survival Act (Intro 847), which will help end some of the rotten practices that some unscrupulous landlords use and keep those small businesses in business

Marc believes that eminent domain should be restricted to its original intent -- for true public works, not so that some developers can remake a neighborhood for their own profit.

Marc also believes that new development, of any kind, must take into account the character of the specific neighborhood. Queens is a collection of communities -- even our mailing address is our community, not like Brooklyn or the Bronx -- and we need to keep what makes Queens special.

For more information, or to get involved in the campaign, call me at the campaign headquarters, 718-426-4100.

Dan Jacoby

Anonymous said...

Met him at National Night Out Against Crime this past week.. seems like a nice down to earth guy.. not stuck up and phony like some other wanna be pols that were there..

Anonymous said...

Mr. Leavitt has my vote. I'm willing to give someone new a chance and according to his campaign coordinator, he has some good ideas. I will not give Helen Marshall or Ms. Sears another chance to further destroy our borough. Vote out all incumbents. It will send a strong message that they work for us and we call the shots.

Anonymous said...

Marc is an attorney of questionable talent He was associated with Sheldon Leffler. "Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

Associated with disgraced Sheldon Leffler-got financial support from him AND associated with Hiram Monsterrats goon. If he wants it that bad then I don't want him.

Anonymous said...

And Shulman, a Manes crony, handpicked Marshall.

I'll take Leavitt.

Anonymous said...

I've met Leavitt a few weeks ago, campaigning outside a subway station during the morning rush.

He seems like a nice guy, but can a nice guy defeat a party-backed powerhouse incumbent?

Anonymous said...

taxpayers money going down the drain.... what a shame... Mrs Marshall is the Queen of Queens!