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Five days away from the New York City’s Primary Election, City Council candidates are missing no opportunity to meet potential voters. Now that the summer is over, they have many new venues in which to press the flesh: the city’s public schools. Yesterday, Margaret Chin stopped by P.S. 142, The Amalia Castro School, on the Lower East Side.

At the very same time, the guy she’s trying to unseat, Councilmember Alan Gerson, was touring the school with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. A news release from Chin’s campaign emphasized, “Margaret is the only female candidate running in District 1, and the only one who put a child through public school. She is also the only candidate with a background in education. Only 17 of 51 members of the City Council are female, and that even fewer have children in our public schools.”

A day earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visited the Manhattan Charter School, which shares the building with P.S. 142.

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