Frantz Cayo [pictured here with his three-and-a-half year-old daughter Gabrielle] wants to make it clear that he has not yet selected his choice to be Councilmember for the beautiful and historic community known as Bedford-Stuyvesant.
But Cayo, president of the Stuyvesant Heights Parents Association, says he was very much impressed with the character of candidate Robert Cornegy, as revealed in a community meeting Cornegy held Wednesday night.
Cornegy is one of four (we know of so far) who say they want to unseat Al Vann, who has held elective office in Bed-Stuy for 35 years, first as Assembly and most recently as Councilman.
What touched Cayo about Cornegy was that Cornegy's crime prevention meeting was held at the candidate's Putnam Avenue home, with some of his six children sometimes running downstairs into the gathering.
Police officials from the 79th and 81st precincts were on hand to answer questions about crime prevention from those in attendance.
Cayo says about two dozen people were at the forum.
"My goal is to try to get as much information about the candidates as I can, and we will back the one we think will help make our community safe and help build strong educational institutions for the area," Cayo said.
"We are going to try to have a forum where people can meet the candidate."
Though incumbents always have strong advantages in political races, Cayo thinks the challengers this time are more serious than in years past. "They seem to be getting people to think there is a real challenge this time," he said.
As we write here we are receiving an email from someone who had just seen Tremaine Wright at Bread-Stuy (the community's own Starbucks, but comfier). Wright, owner of her own neighborhood coffee house, Common Grounds, was answering questions about her candidacy.
We will try to write more about her.
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