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Big victory for StreetsPac

Not a bad start for StreetsPAC, a group dedicated to electing public officials who share a common vision of safer streets for NYC.

Their members and volunteers made a great effort in getting the vote out, hitting up cyclists across the city with concise literature that highlighted their endorsed candidates.
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Here is an article in streets blog about their success after the September primary:

Big Winners on Primary Day: de Blasio and StreetsPAC
By: Ben Fried
September 11th, 2013

Yesterday, New York City Democrats chose the candidate who’s campaigned as the anti-Bloomberg. But on issues of traffic safety and surface transit, Bill de Blasio, despite some wavering, has pledged to build on the current administration’s progress while tackling the unfinished business of reforming the NYPD’s approach to traffic violence. And with several City Council candidates endorsed by the newly formed StreetsPAC winning hotly contested primaries, the results of last night’s election bode well for livable streets in NYC over the next four years. As StreetsPAC board member Eric McClure put it, “It’s clear from the results the primary that support for safe and complete streets has gone mainstream.”

Read more: here.

Besides the safe streets agenda, the primary results indicate New York City is on route to one of the most progressive administrations its had within the last 50 years. This strikes a major blow to the Wall Street, Real Estate greed agenda that has dominated and made NYC a very unaffordable place.

More on that from Daily News and Democracy Now co-anchor Juan González:

Democracy Now,
New York City Poised to Elect Its Most Progressive Government in 50 Years

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: “Yes, but I think the trend is by now pretty obvious. What’s been happening is that I think that New York City is on the cusp of electing perhaps its most progressive government in the past 50 years, that you have, on the one hand, what’s gotten most of the attention is the mayoral race, where Bill de Blasio is now in the lead and most likely will be the Democratic nominee. I think he just fell—he’s just over the 40 percent threshold in defeating the several other opponents and most likely won’t need a runoff, but even if he falls below the 40 percent threshold as they count 15,000 or so absentee ballots, I think it’s likely the other Democratic contenders will unite behind him. And de Blasio really ran a very progressive race, focusing in on income inequality in New York City, the 47 percent of New Yorkers are at or near the poverty level, and talking about the need to rein in the—all the tax breaks to developers and the business community, and increase taxes on the wealthy to pay for better public education and expanded preschool. So I think that he really—his campaign really resonated with the reality that many New Yorkers are facing, and that’s why he was able to cobble together a coalition.”

Read more: here.

Now we move on the the November election with the help of the:

#allpowerfulbikelobby. Psst, feel free to spread the hashtag.

More from Salon.com:
Political power on two wheels: Don’t mess with the bikers!
Forget Boss Tweed or newspaper endorsements: There’s a surprising new political power in big cities — bicyclists
Forget Boss Tweed or newspaper endorsements: There’s a surprising new political power in big cities — bicyclists.

By: Henry Grabar
September 7th, 2013

New York City Council speaker Christine Quinn swept the big papers; Bill Thompson, the former city comptroller, earned the support of the teachers union.
As for the front-runner in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio? Last week, he won the endorsement of StreetsPAC, a political action committee dedicated to improving the safety and mobility of New York City streets, and, at 5 months old, one of the city’s youngest political entities.

Read more: here.

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