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04/19/2007


Gay NYC City Council Candidate Corey Johnson Releases Campaign Video: WATCH

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Out NYC City Council candidate Corey Johnson released a campaign video for the 2013 race in which he's running to succeed Christine Quinn.

Johnson will be running against out lesbian Yetta Kurland. Gay City News wrote about the race last week:

“I’m looking forward to a spirited race focused on the issues that affect our neighborhoods and residents of West Soho, the Village, Chelsea, and Hell’s Kitchen,” he wrote.

Like Kurland, Johnson said he was uncertain whether anyone else might jump into the race, adding, “I’ll be running on a long record of service and accomplishments both as an activist and in leading a community board.”

Johnson has scrambled to an early lead in campaign fundraising, reporting just under the legal limit of $168,000 in donations, which will allow him to gain the maximum public match of $92,400. According to the city’s Campaign Finance Board, Kurland has raised more than $75,000, or about 45 percent of Johnson’s private donations. She, too, will be eligible for the city’s generous public matching funds program.

Watch Johnson's campaign video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Note: Johnson is Towleroad's former political director. I am a personal supporter of Johnson's race and was named in a list released by the campaign over the summer.

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NYC Updates, h/t Corey Johnson

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BY ARI EZRA WALDMAN

New York City Council candidate Corey Johnson has been an incomparable source of information in Sandy's aftermath. He was not only on location when the facade of a building broke off in Chelsea yesterday, but throughout the entire hurricane ordeal, he has kept everyone in New York City updated on damage, progress, and status of the recovery through his public Facebook page. I encourage you to "Like" his page and follow his updates. Also, follow him on Twitter at CoreyInNYC.

His latest update gives us the full range of what is going on in New York right now, available here:

NYC UPDATES --

Thank you to all of our first responders, police officers, firefighters, utility workers, volunteers and medical professionals who have been working non-stop the past 24 hours.

ConEd says power to be restored to all customers within 4 days. Very spotty cell service in Lower Manhattan or Dumbo. Texting seems to be working though.

Penn South / Mutual Redevelopment Houses in Chelsea has power because it runs off of generators and not ConEd. 

The rest of Chelsea below 29th Street, the West Village, Greenwich Village and Soho are still without power.

Hell's Kitchen did not lose power. There is a shelter in Hell's Kitchen at the High School of Graphic Arts if anyone needs supplies, food, water or a charge for their phone.

Expect most subways to be down for the rest of the week; Some City buses now running with no fares (free) and busses will become more available starting at 5 PM.

23 fires still burning; 4,000+ trees reported down; 6,000+ in emergency shelters; LGA completely under water.

Over 80 homes were completely destroyed in Breezy Point, Queens from a massive fire.

Coney Island is still dealing with major flooding.

Queens Midtown, Holland and Battery Tunnels remained closed.

East River Bridges are open. Rockaway Bridges remained closed.

To volunteer to help the city clean up please email [email protected]

 

ed note: Corey Johnson is Towleroad's former political director and has been a longtime friend and contributor to the site -mg


Corey Johnson Breaking Fundraising Records in NYC Council Race

NYC City Council candidate Corey Johnson's campaign coffers are flowing with record-breaking fundraising totals in advance of a September 2013 primary, the NYT reports:

CoreyMr. Johnson’s estimated total, $166,000 — which does not include the $92,500 in matching money he expects to get under the city’s campaign finance system — represents one of the earliest, and strongest, fund-raising starts to any Council campaign.

The closest any NYC Council candidates have come to Johnson's amounts are a current candidate on the Upper West Side, Ken Biberaj, who has raised $130,000, and John C. Liu, now the comptroller, who raised $100,000 in 2000, according to the paper.

Johnson is seeking outgoing Speaker Christine Quinn's seat:

In one of the most closely watched races for City Council — the Chelsea seat now held by Ms. Quinn — Mr. Johnson has seized the upper hand, financially, over two other likely candidates. He also has some residual name recognition; a decade ago, when he was the co-captain of his high school football team in northeastern Massachusetts, his decision to tell his teammates that he is gay drew national news coverage.

“I didn’t always want to be known as the gay football player,” he said. “Now if people meet me they have no idea; they just know me as a member of the community board.”

(disclosure: Johnson is a personal friend and sometime staff member of Towleroad, and I have made a personal donation to his campaign)


Corey Johnson Exploring Run for Christine Quinn's Seat on NYC City Council

Corey Johnson, who has worked as part of our team at Towleroad in past years, is exploring a run for NYC City Council, NY Observer's Politicker reports:

CjCorey Johnson, the chair of Community Board 4, has officially registered a campaign committee to run for term-limited Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s seat in 2013. Mr. Johnson, who is one of the youngest Community Board Chairmen in the city, previously worked as deputy director for programs at GLAAD.

He was among the expected candidates in the potential field that includes Yetta Kurland, an attorney who hosts her own radio show, Brad Hoylman, the chair of Community Board 2, and Andrew Berman, the executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historical Preservation.

Said Johnson: “I think any candidate who opens up a campaign committee is definitely exploring the race. I’m setting things up to be able to have the resources when things ripen a little more. 2013 is a long way away, we still have to get through the state and presidential elections.”


Please Join Us at 10 am PST, 1 pm EST, For Live Commentary on Prop 8 Case Arguments before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Prop8 Myself, Towleroad's legal columnist Ari Ezra Waldman, political director Corey Johnson, and Richard Socarides, attorney and special adviser to President Bill Clinton will be liveblogging the live broadcast as Ted Olson, David Boies, and the American Foundation for Equal Rights make their case televised for the first time.

See you there, for the most important lgbt court case ever to be televised!


Watch: NYC Marathon Time-Lapse

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Congrats to Towleroad's Corey Johnson, who finished the New York Marathon in four hours and two minutes, and raised $3525 for Broadway Impact and marriage equality in New York.

Watch a really cool clip of runners from the marathon crossing the Verrazano Narrows bridge, AFTER THE JUMP...

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