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PODCAST: We Speak to Ben Guttmann, Candidate for the 26th District Council Seat

Oct. 14, 2020 By Christian Murray

Many candidates will be running in next June’s Democratic primary for the 26th District Council seat currently held by Jimmy Van Bramer.

Today, we speak to Ben Guttmann who is one of those candidates vying for the seat that covers Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City and a portion of Astoria.

The city council will be under significant change in 2022 due to term limits.

Eleven council members in Queens–including Van Bramer–will be forced to step down at the end of next year due to term limits.

Many candidates have already come forward looking to replace them, and will be competing for those spots.

In Queens, only four council members — Barry Grodenchik, Adrienne Adams, Robert Holden and Francisco Moya — are eligible for another term. They too will be facing challengers.

We plan to speak to as many candidates running for office in Queens as possible from now through to the primaries. For a list of candidates, click here.

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Nunya

@wokemuch Do they get paid in dollars or respect? Does everyone who feels disrespected at work get to not do their job with no consequence?

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Sunnysider

The slowdown prob has to do with the no bail reform. Cops arrest only for the person to be out in a couple of hours with gift cards. People know that so they keep committing crime without a care in the world.

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Mike T

Sunnysider- Please provide one instance of someone being arrested in Queens County and receiving a gift card, just one. You’re allowing yourself to be manipulated by Republican propaganda. The disagreement between brass and the prosecutors office still does not give Patrolmen the right to withhold services from tax paying citizens. Services tax payers are paying dearly for not to mention the public endangerment this job action could cause. Has the PBA offered the public a salary or benefits cut for the reduced service? Or is this just a form of charging the public for something the PBA has no intention of delivering? Some may be able to successfully argue this amounts to fraud which in itself is a crime.

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WOW Republicans Really can’t Rear

To quote the article you provided “ Cash bail will be eliminated Jan. 1 for hundreds of offenses, and some defendants could be let out earlier and given rewards to get them to show up to court, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported Monday.” We asked you to provide one instance where someone received a gift card. May receive a gift card is way different than actually receiving one oh gullible one.

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Putin Rule 1 Deflect to China

This NY Post article is about fifteen dollar payments to participants of a survey. Defenders were among the users of the court system who were offered the opportunity to par take in the survey. Lawyers, students, plaintiffs, witnesses and others at the court house were also invited to par take. Nothing about paying defendants to show up. I don’t even think Queens was in this survey. Total Deflection.

Putin Rule 1 Deflect to China

Trump is never going to win NY state so what does your silly little feeble attempt at manipulation and distortion on this comment stream have to do with the polls? You’re detached from reality.

Misleading Article

Your article says gift incentives “may” be used. The person who commented rebuffing you requested an example of an instance a gift incentive was actually used in Queens County. Your article does not satisfy this request.

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Fifteen Dollars

Did you attach the correct link? This link is to an article about $15 Dunkin Donut cards as payment to participants In a 144 question survey on user friendliness of a public agency. Are you saying the participants were over paid? 144 Questions for $15..LOL Most people asked to participate in the survey actually declined the offer but the NY Post left that out. When I took these surveys in college in the late 70’s, we were paid $25. Things sure have changed. So what is your outrage? Someone got rich off that $15? $15..LOL

Fifteen Dollars

“May” means may be used as an option not some may get it and some may not get it. Even the article you provided in your link proves you wrong. The people who received the $15 gift card received them for participating in a 144 question survey not for coming to or showing up at court. Are you really this gullible or merely lacking in reading skills?

Mac

Hashtagger- You wouldn’t need to distort and outright lie if you had any faith in the ideology you’re pushing all over this comment stream.. Did you actually think people weren’t going to read the link you provided? Thanks for wasting our time.

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Mayor Bill DeBlasio says:

I have a public relations staff…I use them to promote my political agenda and initiatives…when you see something in the news it is because I wanted it there because I want to alert the public to what I am currently doing …I secured $800k from the city council (please check their website under city budget “schedule C”…we did a budget modification to move the funds over)…so when you see something in the news you don’t like it doesn’t mean it is not true…it is true…I am a progressive and I think it is a great idea…please don’t let CNN and MSDNC warp your mind…this is real…if you don’t like it vote for Trump…I will continue my plan to close Rikers Island and I will keep this city a sanctuary for illegals and lawbreakers because I believe it is the justice we need…please don’t tell people they are liars for reprinting my own press releases…they are absolutely correct and I am proud of my agenda…Thank you

https://nypost.com/2017/12/10/city-offers-gift-cards-to-criminal-suspects-who-complete-survey/

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Vet the liars

Dude the article you provided from a NY Post Article is from 2017 and about people who was given a $15 Dunkin Donut Gift card for participating in a court run survey to on court room user efficiency.Random people in the court house including people charged in misdemeanor cases, were used in the survey. This is not even
Queens County courthouses in this article. Talking about dodging a simple question with a $15 distortion.

You don't understand bail reform at all

“no bail?” do you have a single clue of what the law includes? Every serious crime requires bail, and it is often up to the judges’ discretion.

Misdemeanors and nonviolent crimes had the bail reduced, reducing the burden on the taxpayer to house people that haven’t been convicted of any crime. Tax ‘n spend Republicans would rather spend our tax money on them, I guess.

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Liberals don’t get it

No you don’t understand that careers criminals are released without bail to rob and maim again
I guess you think your black loves matter mask will protect you

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Every serious crime requires bail, and it is often up to the judges’ discretion.

You’re completely wrong, which is why you don’t have a single fact to back up your blind speculation

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Mac

We need more transportation plain and simple. Once that’s in place we can address the need for more housing. One good thing about so many people working from home is I don’t have to let packed subways pass me by in the morning. Why does everyone act like the employees at the Amazon site were all going to be living in Sunnyside or LIC? It would have been like any other company where employees would live throughout the metropolitan area and adding to the subway overcrowding. NYCHA has been falling apart since I was a kid in the 60’s. Queens bridge got so bad we stopped using Rainy Field for baseball games. I keep on hearing about diversity except when it comes to NYCHA. Diversify public housing, affordable housing transcends race.

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Astoria lifer

There is more than enough of evidence showing a police job slowdown. A few weeks ago I was having something to eat at Clarat Wine Bar. A souped up auto kept revving his engine continuously driving around the block for nearly a half hour. Disturbing and intimidating residents and diners. A group consisting of diners a shop owner and others finally approached the driver at the light and a large scale argument resulted. Police were called and arrived. One offer jumped out of the the car instructing other officers to leave immediately. My girlfriend told the officer she had a photo of the car license plate and drive who fled the scene. He told her in a belligerent manner, he was not there for “this”. Another officer said the man was a union delegate. I rent office space in Hunters Point and have run into similar interactions regarding vagrants, vandals and intoxicated individuals. The slow down is real. Guttmann is right about the us vs them mentality in the NYPD.

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#wokemuch?

Gee what could have caused that ? The anti police demonstrators?
Yes hating on the police has consequences

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#you’re a follower

Are you in the 8th grade? A segment of the population legally expressing themselves in protest does not constitute hate. Our daughter would accuse of “hating” her when we enforced certain rules. She was five. I’m certain many who have been victim of the slowdown are supporters of police, police family members and even retired and, off duty, from the job. Protests and court reform still do not justify a work slow down. A work slow down should result in lower pay and an insubordination charge.

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Mac

@hashtagger- So, in your petty little world people don’t have to do their job if they feel they’re unappreciated or even hated. Will your pearls of wisdom ever come to an end?

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Sunnysider

@work- Police take an oath to serve and protect. A work slowdown is a violation of that oath.

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Why does the Radical Right want everything to be PC?

The NYPD sound like they have fragile feelings

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Mike T

Imagine if the union pulling the slowdown were majority brown or black this individual posting would be talking a different tune.

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BKS40

This may have little to do with a police “slowdown”. While CompStat has been an effective tool in lowering the crime rate in NYC from the high numbers in the 1990s, it has also led to commanders discouraging their officers from responding to or filing reports on what would be considered minor crimes. This has been a problem in the 108 for years under various leadership. If it isn’t officially reported, it doesn’t exist which makes the numbers look better than they should.

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