Upper West Sider Noah Gotbaum is joining the race to replace Gale Brewer on the City Council, he just told supporters. The news could shake up what is already a crowded race in the 6th District, which now stretches from 53rd to 95th streets, but could soon run from 53rd to 110th streets under a redistricting plan.
Gotbaum enters a very competitive race with numerous formidable candidates, including Mel Wymore, Ken Biberaj, Helen Rosenthal, Marc Landis and Debra Cooper. Most have raised the maximum amount allowed under the public financing system, or close to that.
Gotbaum, who had originally been campaigning to become public advocate, has been most active in fighting for public schools, and was a prominent critic of the move by Upper West Success Charter School to move into the Brandeis School on 84th street.
I am writing to let you know I have decided to make a turn from running for Public Advocate, and enter the campaign for New York City Council in the 6th Council District on Manhattan’s West Side.
Within the City Council I can best continue my advocacy for our children, parents and families, on behalf of our seniors, for working men and women, and for all of our neighbors on critical issues including education, affordable housing, public safety and a cleaner environment.
The 6th Council District stretches from West 53rd Street in Hell’s Kitchen, through Lincoln Center and the Upper West Side, and up to 110th Street below Columbia University. It includes some of the great neighborhoods of this city, as well as leading cultural institutions such as Lincoln Center, the Museum of Natural History, the New York Historical Society, and Symphony Space just to name a few. The district also includes a large portion of beautiful Riverside Park and all of Central Park.
As a lifelong New Yorker, and a West Sider I care greatly about this city and the West Side as the place where I have raised my children, where they attend our public schools, and where their grandparents still live and enjoy their lives. It is my goal to see a better city and neighborhood for them – and for all of our neighbors – as we live and grow in this wonderful, diverse and vibrant community.
Thank you so much for your support. I look forward to continuing our work together.