The Borough Presidents are the chief executives of each borough. They have the power, for their boroughs, to consult with the mayor in the preparation of the annual executive budget; to make recommendations on budget priorities, capital projects, and other matters; to review land-use decisions and proposed sites for City facilities; to monitor the delivery of City services and the performance of contracts; and to have legislation introduced in the City Council. Borough Presidents earn an annual salary of $160,000.
Here are the candidates for Manhattan Borough President:
Tom Baumann, Borough President
David Casavis, Borough President
Scott Stringer, Borough President
The City Council is the legislative, or law-making, branch of city government. The City Council is responsible for passing local laws for New York City, making decisions about land use, investigating and overseeing city agencies, and approving the city's budget. Each council member represents one of the 51 New York City Council districts. Council members receive an annual base salary of $112,500.
Here are the candidates for Manhattan City Council:
Irene Horvath, City Council #1
Bryan Cooper, City Council #2
Brian Merritt, City Council #3
Ashok Chandra, City Council #4
Firma Shlimel, City Council #7
Julius Tajiddin, City Council #7
Melissa Mark-Viverito, City Council #8
Ydanis Rodriguez, City Council #10
The non-partisan video voter guide is a partnership between the voter assistance commission, WNBC, NYC-TV and the campaign finance board. Some candidates for public office declined to participate. To see a transcript of the video voter guide in English and other languages, please go to www.nyc.gov/videovoterguide. All translations will be be available by Sept. 1, 2009