Posted by Tenantnet on September 09, 1997 at 10:16:31:
Vote for Margarita Lopez for NY City Council
tomorrow September 9th in the Democratic Primary.
Lower East Side, Loisada, Gramercy Park, Murray Hill
Parts of Soho, West Village, Chinatown
see map at http://tenant.net/Lopez/
MARGARITA LOPEZ FIGHTS BATTLE AGAINST CORRUPT MACHINE
"Unbought and Unbossed"
The NEW YORK TIMES called Margarita Lopez
"an advocate, with an intense commitment... whose energy and
dedication would be an asset"
But her opponent Judy Rapfogel, who is bought and controlled by
Sheldon Silver, says she was "on the front lines of the fight to
save rent laws"
NONSENSE -- HERE'S WHAT THE LANDLORDS SAY?
"The new [Silver] law provides the most sweeping benefits and relief
measures for property owners in the history of rent law negotiations.
Never before has the hosing industry gained so much without giving
up anything in return."
--RSA Reporter, Rent Stabilization Assoc.
NYC's landlord trade association July/August 1997
Shel Silver, who took $25,000 from landlords and then gave away half of
tenant protections to landlords stated:
"Judy Rapfogel was a key part of my team to fight to save
rent protection" -- letter to voters, June 28, 1997
But Joe Strasburg, President of the RSA stated:
"Now the full story can be told. In the compromise agreement, and
in the details hammered out afterwards, property owners gained more
relief and benefits than they have in twenty-five years. And we
conceded nothing to the tenant organizers." (July 1997)
Landlords are so grateful to Silver and Rapfogel that the Associated
Builders and Owners are considering naming Sheldon Silver as "Man
of the Year" (Real Estate Weekly, June 25, 1997)
IN THE 1980's JUDY RAPFOGEL WAS CAUGHT
USING HER GOVERNMENT POSITION
TO FATTEN HER OWN POCKETS!
As a member of Area Policy Board #3, Judy Rapfogel helped to take
funds away from legitimate social service organizations, and to
give more than $127,000 to her husband's agency (her husband is
reported to be a Guiliani fundraiser). The defunded agencies
sued and won. After her role was exposed, Judy resigned from the Board.
The State Supreme Court found a conflict of interest and denied her
husband's agency the money.
At the time, Margarita Lopez was employed by "Action For Progress"
one of the defunded agencies, and she worked without a salary due
to Judy Rapfogel's shenanigans.
On Margarita Lopez, CITIZEN'S UNION stated
"Margarita Lopez "demonstrates impressive and detailed knowledge of the
district she would represent. Her legislative priorities center on the
issues of affordable housing, education and economic development. She
would strengthen small business as the economic backbone of the district
and the sector most likely to plow profits directly back into the
neighborhoods... Ms. Lopez' creative ideas for the improvement of the lot
of small businesses and the middle and lower income sectors of the
community would surely be major factory in her effective representation
of this district"
JUDY RAPFOGEL GETS THOUSAND FROM SPECIAL INTERESTS
Why would large corporations, Political Action Committees (PACs),
Albany lobbyists, politically connected lawyers, out-of-district
hospitals, executives from Coca Cola and Pepsi Cola Bottling, NYS
Tobacco and Candy Distributors and Empire State Beer Distributors
contribute to Judy Rapfogel?
Their interest is not in the Lower East Side or Gramercy Park. But they
know what Rapfogel's boss Shel Silver can do for them as Assembly Speaker.
After six years of landlord advocate Antonio Pagan, Margarita Lopez is
poised to bring integrity back to New York City Council. Don't let
Shel Silver, who created Antonio Pagan, now create Judy Rapfogel as the
"Heir of Pagan".
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