“We’ve set the standard for independent expenditures in New York City, and communications from candidates should be no different,” Mr. Garodnick said in an interview. “There should be no mystery about the source of political communications.”
Garodnick said that making improvements in the city’s transportation systems was a top priority of his constituents, along with ensuring good public schools, keeping housing affordable and maintaining the low levels of crime the Upper East Side currently experiences.
The next speaker will be judged by her or his independence and ability to reform Council rules to introduce transparency and accountability. Council members should consider the reputation and legislative record offered by Mr. Garodnick, who seems the better choice.
In eight years on the City Council, Daniel R. Garodnick has pushed for police reform, rallied with labor leaders in support of paid sick days and fought to preserve middle-class housing in his district.
As thefts of Apple products rise in New York, the NYPD and the City Council are thinking differently to curb the surge.