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  Messinger, Ruth
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NameRuth Messinger
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New York, New York , United States
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Born November 06, 1940 (79 years)
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Oct 17, 2011 12:54am
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InfoRuth, 66, is the third generation of her family to grow up in the City. After earning a Bachelor's degree from Radcliffe College and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, she applied her determination, intellect and leadership skills to teaching, college administration, and helping families and children overcome poverty. During 12 years on the City Council, starting in 1977, she was a strong advocate for children, for public education, for campaign financing reform, for gay rights, for community policing, for neighborhoods, and for small business. She has been Manhattan Borough President since 1990. Along the way, Ruth raised three children and, today, is a grandmother of four. She likes to roller-blade, read, ski, and, she claims, "bake the best chocolate desserts in New York." She is also an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Judaism. Ruth lives with her husband, a public school administrator, in Manhattan.

Ruth sent her children to public schools. She rides the subway to work and does her own grocery shopping. No wonder friends and foes alike say she's both book smart and street smart. She says: "Call me 'First-hand Ruth.' I'm a burglary victim whose kids have been mugged, so I know first-hand why we need more cops on the beat. I'm a straphanger, so I know first hand why subway riders are angry. As a former teacher and the parent of three children who were educated in and graduated from public school, I know first hand what real accountability means to students, parents and teachers. As a shopper, I know first hand what's hard on people's wallets and what's on the minds of small businesspeople. As a public employee, I know first hand how to reform civil service, increase productivity and protect whistleblowers."

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She'll work for a city that's not just business friendly, not just tourist friendly, not just community friendly, but also a city that is kid friendly and, most importantly, family friendly. As Mayor, Ruth W. Messinger will give top priority to providing the people of New York with first-rate schools that aren't overcrowded, aren't underfunded, and aren't leaving our kids unable to read or write, balance checkbooks or get a job in the 21st Century. She will work to make all of New York's communities better places in which to live and raise families. She will make police and communities full and trusting partners and will be tough not just on fighting crime, but preventing crime. Building on her strong record as Borough President, she will take steps to revitalize and grow the city's economy -- including increased employment opportunities -- so that it can meet the demands of the 21st century.



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  11/04/1997 New York City Mayor Lost 40.47% (-17.27%)
  09/09/1997 NYC Mayor - D Primary Won 40.19% (+8.15%)
  11/02/1993 Manhattan Borough President Won 75.98% (+54.43%)
  11/07/1989 Manhattan Borough President Won 83.11% (+67.04%)
  09/12/1989 Manhattan Borough President - D Primary Won 84.42% (+68.85%)
  11/05/1985 New York City Council 04 Won 85.57% (+71.14%)
  09/10/1985 NYC Council 04 - D Primary Won 74.78% (+49.56%)
  11/02/1982 New York City Council 04 Won 79.36% (+60.15%)
  11/08/1977 New York City Council 04 Won 69.23% (+48.90%)
  09/08/1977 NYC Council 04 - D Primary Won 59.53% (+19.06%)
  09/14/1976 NY Assembly 69 - D Primary Lost 25.33% (-0.15%)
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