1. Which of these positions on stop-and-frisk most closely aligns with your own?
“When I’m mayor, unconstitutional stops will end. That means the number of stops will go dramatically down.”
“Police officers should wear small lapel cameras to protect themselves from false accusations… We’re gonna say we’re not gonna round up whole neighborhoods of people; too many people are being stopped who’ve done nothing wrong.”
“Apply the correct training… We have to make sure New York City stays safe, but we don’t have to sacrifice our civil rights to get that done.”
“Stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional. Move away from stop-and-frisk and toward community policing.”
A candidate who claims to support a “full package of reforms to end the stop-and-frisk era” and says the there is a “need to ban racial profiling, need that to be a matter of city law.”
2. Would you prefer to have seen your mayoral candidate's penis before voting for them?
I demand full transparency from people in power.
I’d rather not.
But if I did, I’d want it to be the “most progressive” penis in the race.
I’d rather not.
But if I did, I’d want it to be a penis that’s backed by the teacher’s union.
I’d rather not.
But if I did, I’d want it to be a penis that supports the full legalization of marijuana for medicinal and recreational use.
I don’t even want my candidate to have a penis!
3. Is it important that your candidate has endorsements from celebrities?
Celebs like Susan Sarandon and Alec Baldwin align with my values, but an endorsement from SEIU 1199 is cool too.
George Takei and Neil Patrick Harris know what’s up, but an endorsement from EMILY’s List is cool too.
I don’t care.
I’d rather my candidate be endorsed by Operating Engineers and the Correction Officers Benevolent Association (COBA) than some celeb.
I don’t care.
I’d rather my candidate be endorsed by the Amsterdam News and New York firefighters than some celeb.
No! Endorsements just tie you to special interests.
My candidate doesn’t need any endorsements other than those from voters who will pull the lever next to my candidate’s name.
4. Which of these positions on education and testing resonate best with you?
Focus on training and move away from “obsessive” testing.
A candidate who wants to focus on teacher training and move away from “obsessive teaching to the test.”
Focus on giving pre-K and after-school programs to all.
“We need to look at early childhood education and after-school. That’s why my tax plan focuses on pre-K for every child in the city. If we don’t lay that foundation, our children won’t be able to achieve at the level necessary.”
Support Common Core State Standards, help teachers help kids rise to those standards.
“We gotta focus much less on testing and much more on teaching so students can learn.”
Focus on “critical thinking” rather than testing, stop closing failing schools.
“We need to stop this focus on standardized testing, this obsession with standardized testing. We need more of a focus on comprehension and critical thinking… Where schools are failing, we need to work to turn them around.”
Get a chancellor with a background in education to run the schools.
“We have to restore the learning environment in each and every one of our schools. Let’s start letting teachers teach, let principals lead, and let’s have a school system that’s actually lead by a chancellor that has some educational background.”
5. Which of these plans for raising taxes sounds best?
Progressive taxation, setting the bar at incomes of $500,000 a year.
Those who make more than $500,000 a year pay more; those who make below it pay less.
Raise taxes for those who make more than $1 million.
Pay 1% more if you make more than $1 million, get a 10% tax cut if you make less than $150,000.
Raise taxes for those who make more than $500,000.
From 3.9% to 4.3%.
Preferably there will be no tax increases.
“Tax increases aren’t off the table but they’re a last resort, not a first option.”
Not sure, but raise taxes progressively if it comes to it.
“There is no way you can rule out the potential that you might have to raise taxes if you’re mayor. And if we have to raise taxes, I’m going to do that progressively.”
6. Where would you want your candidate to vacation during mayoral off-time?
The Irish Riviera, aka Rockaway Beach.
I’d stay within driving distance of the city.
Because I don’t own a plane.
Down to the Jersey Shore.
Bradley Beach is a perfect place to unwind.
Then take a trip down to Fenway to watch the Sox!
Reliving my college days would be awesome, man. But seriously, I’ve never smoked pot.
7. Which of these taglines is most inspirational?
The “Damn Sure” Approach
“Because this city used to make a promise with us — that every single New Yorker can have the opportunity to succeed. And I’m going to make damn sure that that promise is fulfilled.”
The “It’s Better When We’re Together” Line
“Working together, the best days for the city lie ahead of us for all of us.”
“You Deserve Me”
“The challenges facing the middle class and those struggling to make it have never been higher, and I think New York deserves someone who will fight for them every single day.”
“We need to end this tale of two cities and we can’t leave any New Yorker behind.”
Straight To The Point
“We need a leader that the public can trust and that can lead everyone in the city and work for each and every New Yorker.”
8. When there's a parade or other outdoor event, how would your mayor dress?
Throw on a pair of the brightest pants around and run full speed ahead with a bullhorn and a flag.
Gotta generate excitement.
White top, beige bottoms.
Because the parade is about the people, not about the candidate.
White button-down, gray pants.
Because the parade is about the people, but you gotta stand out with a little color. Yes, gray counts.
Pink button-down over a red undershirt.
It’s conservative in style, but the shade gradation is fairly progressive.
Wear light colors and a stylish straw hat to beat the heat.
Because SENSE is the key word in fashion sense.
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