City Disperses Matching Funds to Lower East Side Council Candidates

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In just over a month, there’s a Democratic Primary in New York City. We’re waiting for the official list of candidates from the Board of Elections (it should be published later this week). Meantime, the Campaign Finance Board last week issued its first public funds payments.

We have two competitive races on the Lower East Side. In District 1, which covers most of Lower Manhattan below East Houston Street, incumbent Margaret Chin is being challenged by Christopher Marte, Dashia Imperiale and Aaron Foldenauer.

As you might expect, Council member Chin has qualified for the maximum funding amount ($95,095). Marte also received the maximum dispersement, putting him on even footing, financially speaking, with the two-term Council member. Imperiale received $23,774 in matching funds. Aaron Foldenauer, who has raised about $23,000, did receive city campaign dollars.

We’re also keeping an eye on the battle to replace District 2 Council member Rosie Mendez, who is unable to run again due to term limits. The district covers the area above East Houston Street on the East Side, as well as developments such as Masaryk Towers and the Vladeck Houses.

Carlina Rivera, a former Mendez staffer, collected the maximum amount in matching funds from the city. The same goes for Mary Silver. The other candidates in the race — Erin Hussein, Juan Pagan, Jasmin Sanchez and Jorge Vasquez — did not qualify for public funding. Ronnie Cho, a former White House aide in the Obama years, is not participating in the matching funds program. He’s raised about $133,000 but spent most of it.

New York City’s matching funds program provides candidates with public funds at a rate of $6-to-$1 for the first $175 contributed by NYC residents. The maximum in public funds per contributor is $1,050.

You can find more information about the candidates’ campaign fundraising and spending here.

UPDATE 8/23 Since this story was published on Aug 8, additional public funds have been dispersed. See below:

Mary Silver: $95,095

Jorge Vasquez: $66,679