Volume 76, Number 45 | April 4 - 10, 2007

Villager photos by Ramin Talaie

Two candidates visit Downtown

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, above, a frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, closed out the New York Mercantile Exchange on March 21 with NYMEX chairperson Richard Schaeffer in Battery Park City. Meanwhile, at right, Congressmember Dennis Kucinich of Ohio spoke at City Hall on March 26. He threw his hat in the ring earlier this year after most of his Democratic colleagues said they opposed cutting off war funds in Iraq, but he came to Lower Manhattan to support a single-payer health care plan. “Insurance companies make money not paying claims,” he said. “Take the profit out of health care, that’s the solution.” Councilmembers Oliver Koppell, Gale Brewer and Charles Barron joined Kucinich at the event. Advocacy groups marched in Lower Manhattan on March 29 for a single-payer system. Although Kucinich got few votes in the 2004 Democratic presidential primary, he was the last candidate to leave the race before John Kerry’s nomination.

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