New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos
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Our Town Race for Campaign Cash Heats Up by Megan Finnegan Bungeroth

Race for Campaign Cash Heats Up


The 2013 City Council race may seem like a far-off event to average residents, but in the political sphere, the competition is already heated. The Upper East Side will see candidates vie for two wide-open seats next fall, as both Council Members Dan Garodnick, representing the 4th District that borders Central Park and stretches down to Mid- town East, and Jessica Lappin, in the 5th District that covers the East Side’s waterfront and Roosevelt Island, are running for higher office. Garodnick officially announced his campaign for comptroller a few months ago, and Lappin is expected to declare her run for borough president as soon as current Borough President Scott Stringer declares his run for mayor.

All those declarations leave the neighborhood ready for fresh political blood, and recent campaign filings give residents a sneak peek at who might be a serious contender come next September.



Kallos raised a total of $28,453 in the last six months, bringing his campaign chest to $33,456, he said. “Our campaign is very excited about the 348 contributions that demonstrate more community support than we ever expected, and we hope to continue that trend, expanding the number of small contributions from residents all over the district and the city,” Kallos said, noting that his average contribution was $95.42 and that 22 percent of the contributions were $10, a threshold many candidates point to in showing their grassroots support.