Challenging longtime Democrat Herman D. Farrell, Jr. for the Assembly District 71 spot this year is Vanessa Stanback, a Republican who is also running on the Reform ticket.
The two will square off in the November 8 general election.
Voters may go away empty-handed when searching for more information on Stanback, however. She has no campaign site online.
The state Campaign Finance Disclosure site lists her name and District 71, but gives no itemized financial disclosure data. There are no photos of her anywhere related to District 71. Indeed, the only available information about her appears to be the ticket she is running on and her name.
Farrell won the 2014 election with more than 93 percent of the vote.
Democrat Herman D. Farrell, Jr., has a long history in State Assembly District 71. This lifelong Harlem resident has represented his neighborhood since 1974 and has been chair of the Ways and Means Committee since 1994.
He faces Republican Vanessa Stanback in the general election on November 8.
Farrell, 84, won his last election in 2014 with 93.5 percent of the vote, according to Ballotpedia. In addition to Ways and Means, Farrell serves on the Rules Committee, the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus and the Puerto Rican / Hispanic Task Force.
Farrell visits and speaks with members of his community frequently to clarify and discuss concerns relating to the cost of housing. He co-sponsored Bill A07526, which deals with enhancing “tenant protections for rent regulated tenants.”
Farrell wants to increase the usage of green technology, not only for the positive ecological impact, but also for improving air quality. In addition, Farrell has raised concerns about the environmental impact of hydrofracking (a process in which highly pressurized water is driven into a drilled well to extract natural gas) throughout New York.