“We know the business community is very concerned about the election, and we also want to make sure the voices of the one-third of New Yorkers [in poverty] are also heard,” said David Jones, the president and CEO of the Community Service Society. “With the candidates having to raise large amounts of money from people who have large amounts of money, those voices can be drowned out.”
His group’s efforts come in part as a response to a $100,000 grant given in December by the nonprofit Rockefeller Foundation to a nonprofit arm of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, which also plans to hold mayoral forums highlighting business issues. The chamber may even potentially ask candidates to sign a business issue “bill of rights.” The president of the Brooklyn Chamber declined to comment on the Community Service Society’s efforts.
CSS does not plan to similarly pin down the mayoral candidates with a written pledge. But it does plan to make known the stands of various candidates on issues of importance to low-income voters. The candidates’ responses will be presented in a voter guide that will be posted on the organization’s website and distributed in hard copy to voters in advance of the mayoral primaries.
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