Depending on what happens
Asseff, a commissioner for the eastern neighborhoods since 2008, says she has the experience to lead
"This is not an 'I' situation," Asseff said. "This is going to take a team to get
Levy, a local attorney who has served as vice chair of
Sobel, a term-limited state senator, has the backing of the city's three unions and has sent out emails warning voters not to let
But Sobel's two opponents both say they consider her a political insider with old ties to
"She's an insider based on her relationships with the unions and special interests," Levy said. "
If elected, Asseff says she would focus on fostering redevelopment and getting pension costs under control.
"Expenses keep going up because of salaries, pensions and health insurance," Asseff said. "We need to hold our line on spending and do cost-saving measures for this year and every year. We should always have at least 17 percent of the budget in reserves. We should not spend money that we have not accounted for before it is put in the bank. This is what our taxpayers deserve and expect."
Levy says he has the urgency of a business owner, the skill of an attorney and the local knowledge of a lifelong
"I will be a mayor who gets things done," Levy said. "I will represent and act on the needs and desires of our residents. I will not be controlled by the special interests. I will protect our green spaces and beach from overdevelopment. Together we can do great things."
To help cure
"The city budget needs to catch up to pre-recession levels," Sobel said. "Lots of cuts were made in public safety and the city is gradually adding in more police and fire workers. It would be great if the city could hold the line on spending, but that is a pipedream because in life there are unforeseen needs with unexpected costs."
Sobel said she opposed pension reform approved by
"To end the giveaways is no way to bring people together," she said. "I can work with the administration and I can work with the unions. I'm not going to give away the store."
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