Bay Ridge

Two more candidates join crowded field in Bay Ridge race

July 19, 2017 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
First time candidate Vincent Chirico is hoping to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for City Council in November. Photo courtesy of Chirico campaign

There are enough candidates in the race for the Bay Ridge City Council seat to field a baseball team. Two more candidates have filed enough petition signatures with the New York City Board of Elections to qualify for the ballot, bringing the total of candidates up to nine.

Democrat Vincent Chirico, a lawyer from Dyker Heights, and Republican Lucretia Regina-Potter, a former design consultant for a tile company, are both running in the 43rd Council District. The district covers Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights and includes parts of Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

Chirico, a member of Community Board 11 in Bensonhurst and vice president of the Dyker Heights Athletic Association, is running against four other Democrats this November: Justin Brannan, Kevin Peter Carroll, Rev. Khader El-Yateem and Nancy Tong.

Regina-Potter, who lives in Bath Beach, has run for public office several times before, most recently in a special election for state Assembly seat in the 46th Assembly District in 2015, when she lost to Democrat Pamela Harris.

Regina-Potter joins a field of candidates in the Republican primary for the City Council seat that includes Bob Capano, Liam McCabe and John Quaglione.

Both the Democratic and Republican primaries will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The winners will face each other in the general election on Nov. 7.

Democrat Vincent Gentile, who has held the Council seat since 2003, is prohibited from running for re-election due to the city’s term limits law.

Gentile has endorsed Brannan, who is his chief of staff, in the Council race.

The two newest candidates have been busy in recent weeks introducing themselves to the voters.

Chirico’s campaign website touts his volunteer work in the community. In addition to his work on Community Board 11 and the Dyker Heights Athletic Association, he is also the chairperson of Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, a Sunset Park-based nonprofit organization that offers high school dropouts a chance to earn their GEDs, as well as assistance with resume writing, job interview practice and other skills.

“Throughout his years advocating for the community, Vince has put into action solutions to the issues that matter to Brooklynites. His work with Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow has fed Vince’s passion to reform the systemic problems that impede high school retention.  With over 300,000 disconnected young adults facing obstacles to work-force entry and re-entry, Vince is passionate about tackling this problem on a broader scale in the City Council, a problem made greater by President [Donald] Trump’s funding cuts,” a statement on the website reads.

A website created during Regina-Potter’s 2015 Assembly run points to her years of experience in business, politics and volunteerism.

The Parkville Football program, the Kings Bay Football program, the Dyker Heights Athletic Association and the Saint Ephrem’s Athletics program are among the organizations listed on the website as those she supports.

Regina-Potter is the director of communications for the Fiorello LaGuardia Republican Organization and is a member of the National Federation of Republican Women.