Here’s what this campaign is all about…

I’m Jerry Kann, Populist Party candidate for New York City Council in District 22, Astoria.

Here’s my basic platform. If elected, I will:

• Propose–and push hard for–raising the city’s Personal Income Tax 1 percent on New York City residents who make more than $500,000 a year

• Introduce legislation to increase the number of representatives for tenants on the Rent Guidelines Board

• Propose the immediate abolition of Stop-and-Frisk

>>>>>$500,000 is a lot of money. People in the upper brackets can afford to pay more, and the city needs the money.>>>>>That are a lot more tenants than landlords. To have equal numbers of representatives for both groups is undemocratic, unfair, and unacceptable.>>>>>City Council has ended Stop-and-Frisk by legislative action, and the courts have found it unconstitutional. But it’s possible–even probable–that the always more conservative appeals court will overturn the lower court’s ruling, and then we’ll be back where we started. I will relish a good fight with the other branches of government on this basic civil liberties question.

When you get a chance, please take a look at my other blog, “Populist Club of New York” ( On local Astoria concerns, please read the second post down the scroll. This is my proposal for establishing elected “Community Councils” in every City Council district. The idea is to make our city more democratic–to bring decision-making down to the community level and give each resident more power in making the laws that govern New York.

I look forward to your responses. Thanks very much.


Jerry __________________________ (646) 724-9983


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