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Former UES Council Member Endorses Two Candidates in District 5 Primary

Former City Council Member Jessica Lappin announced Wednesday she is endorsing two candidates in the race to determine who will fill her old seat on the Upper East Side.

In a ranked endorsement, Lappin, who represented District 5 from 2006 to 2014, has picked Kim Moscaritolo and Tricia Shimamura as her first- and second-choice candidates, respectively, in the upcoming Democratic Primary. Lappin said both women have demonstrated a dedication to serving the district, which encompasses Yorkville, Lenox Hill and Carnegie Hill on the Upper East Side; Roosevelt Island, Midtown East, Sutton Place, and El Barrio in East Harlem.

“At this crucial time in our city’s history, it’s important that we have a Council Member who has shown a strong commitment to this district, and who has the passion and experience to lead as we recover from this pandemic,” said Lappin, who now serves as the president of the Alliance for Downtown New York. “That’s why I’m proud to endorse Kim Moscaritolo as my first choice, and Tricia Shimamura as my second choice, for City Council in District 5.”

Lappin said she is encouraging voters to rank Moscaritolo No. 1 on their ballots after witnessing the candidate take on various leadership roles in the neighborhood, and subsequently find success in those roles.

“Having worked with Kim since her time as President of the Manhattan Young Democrats, I have seen her commitment to this district, and her passion for public service,” said Lappin, also citing Moscaritolo’s work to curb gun violence as the legislative committee chair for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence and to support small businesses by founding Yorkville Buy Local. “As Democratic District Leader, she has fought for transparency and accountability in local politics, and I know she’ll bring that same fight to the City Council.”


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