Image source: Andrew Gounardes via Flickr.
Beginning yesterday, L Magazine published a two-part interview with State Senatorial hopeful and Bay Ridge native Andrew Gounardes by reporter Henry Stewart.
In an extensive discussion over lunch at the Pegasus Diner, Stewart managed to touch on a host of issues with his questions for Gounardes – who for the most part gave complete and, at times, compelling answers.
Some of the topics covered included funding for public services such as education and mass transit [including a personal anecdote by Gounardes about waiting for the R Train], the Fair Pay Act – the passage of which the candidate named as his first priority upon being elected; as well as lingering stereotypes about a district that has undergone drastic political and demographic changes in recent years, all while remaining a relatively safe and stable place.
In short, they pretty much covered everything – from driving around visiting politicos for Senator Bob Menendez earlier in his career, to the meat and potatoes of today’s public policy, and since it’s L Magazine, hipster bars.
The first half of the interview concentrates more on general policy, debating incumbent Marty Golden, and Gounardes’ reasons for running. The second part focuses more on “hot-button” issues such as bike lanes, Brooklyn 11223, hipsters, and food cart wars. Both make for an entertaining and informative read.
Click Here for Part 1, and Here for Part 2.