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Candidates for New York City Comptroller and Public Advocate to Participate in AIDSVote 2009 Forum

Candidates in the 2009 election for New York City Comptroller and Public Advocate will participate in a community forum focused on AIDS issues facing New York City on Tuesday, September 1 from 4pm to 6pm at Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn (1368 Fulton Street; A,C to Nostrand Avenue). Their positions on important AIDS issues are available at

All of the City Comptroller candidates have confirmed their attendance (Melinda Katz, John Liu, Joe Mendola, David Weperin, and David Yassky). Confirmed Public Advocate candidates include Bill de Blasio, Eric Gioia, Norman Siegel and Alex Zablocki.

The forum is sponsored by AIDSVote 2009, a coalition of people living with HIV/AIDS and Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Housing Works, Lower East Side Harm Reduction, the New York City AIDS Housing Network, VIllage Care and other AIDS and harm reduction service providers.

In order to find out where the Comptroller and Public Advocate candidates stand on these and other issues, AIDSVote 2009 sent questionnaires to the candidates. Highlights from those questionnaires are available online at

New York City remains the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. New York City has more people living with the disease—104,000 residents—than any other city in the nation. With thousands more New Yorkers diagnosed with HIV each year, the city’s elected officials will face tough challenges regarding the lack of adequate AIDS housing, HIV testing, HIV in prisons, syringe exchange, care for undocumented immigrants and much more.

AIDSVote 2009 will host a similar mayoral race forum before the general election in November. Details on that forum will be available later in the year.

What: AIDSVote 2009 Comptroller and Public Advocate Community Forum
When: Tuesday, September 1, from 4pm to 6pm
Where: Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn (1368 Fulton Street; A,C to Nostrand Avenue)
Who: AIDSVote 2009 is a coalition of Housing Works, the New York City AIDS Housing Network and other AIDS organizations.
Contact: David Thorpe;; 646-210-1805 or Kristin Goodwin;; 347-473-7450

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 7:33 pm