Council race narrows again after third candidate drops
by Benjamin Fang
Oct 14, 2020 | 657 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A third City Council candidate in Astoria has dropped out of the race to endorse public defender Tiffany Caban for the seat.

Nick Roloson, current chief of staff for Councilman Costa Constantinides, announced last week that he is ending his campaign to back Caban, who came within 60 votes last year of winning the race for Queens district attorney.

Caban has now earned the support of three former candidates for District 22: activist Jesse Cerrotti, former Stonewall Democratic Club President Rod Townsend and now Roloson, whom Constantinides endorsed back in June.

“This wasn’t an easy decision, but I believe Tiffany is the best person to lead Astoria into the future,” Roloson said in a statement. “Running this campaign over the last year in the district I’ve proudly served for seven years has been the honor of my life.

“After speaking with Tiffany, I think she has the vision for where this neighborhood needs to go next,” he added. “She will fight for a fairer criminal justice system and continue the fight for a Renewable Rikers.”

Caban has been backed by local lawmakers like State Senator Jessica Ramos, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, as well as the Working Families Party, Make the Road Action, 1199 SEIU and Community Voices Heard.

In a statement, Caban said she is proud to have Roloson’s support.

“Nick brings a critical perspective to our movement to bring radical transformation to our city, with his knowledge of the district, his background in community-centered policy and commitment to climate justice,” she said. “I look forward to working alongside Nick as we continue this campaign to create a New York that works for the working class.”

The field in the once-crowded race has slimmed down, but still includes Sunnyside Shines executive director and Queens Together co-founder Jaime-Faye Bean, Global Kids executive director and Community Board 1 member Evie Hantzopoulos, education advocate Leonardo Bullaro and local activist Felicia Kalan.

According to the latest filings with the Campaign Finance Board, Bullaro has raised the most money of the pack with more than $31,000. Hantzopoulos raised more than $20,500 in the race, while Bean and Kalan have raised more than $4,000 each.

Of the three former candidates who dropped out, Roloson led in fundraising, with nearly $11,000 in his war chest.
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