COUNCIL DISTRICT 2
Encompasses southern Lansinburgh and North Troy. Home to what is probably the worst area of the city. District stops at Hoosick Street, where passports will be checked.
Geography: Urban, urban, urban. The Crack Basket of Troy. Filled with non-traditional, extra-legal, entrepreneurs. Unfortunately, North Central is not the entirety of the District but it can hog the headlines. Proudly boasts its own school district. A unique feature in a city the size of Troy.
Often Heard: "Duck!"
Past Voting History
Mark McGrath - R 537
R. Martiniano - D 308
Mark McGrath - R 613
Doris Day - D 437
A. Robertson - D 395
K. Mazor - R 360
Another tough district to analyze. Mark McGrath has dominated the voting. Even in 2011, McGrath handily defeated the well-known Doris Day, causing Lana Turner to sit out the 2013 race. Before Robertson, there hadn't been a Democrat in 2 since Jack Mahoney won in 2003 and Robertson won in a low turnout year. This is a fun race as it's almost incumbent v. incumbent.
Hot Button Issue: Should we abolish the District 2 Council Seat?
ANASTASIA ROBERTSON - D
Anastasia Robertson - D, the one term Councilwoman and current incumbent. She is often considered dumb because she says dumb things. However, when PBA President Tom Hoffman accused her of inciting racial tension back in August of 2014, a video showed that the allegation was false. We always call it "divisive" when an African-American says something controversial, racially charged, hyperbolic or just plain stupid. When it's a white person we call it the Republican Presidential Debates.
MARK MCGRATH - R*
Mark McGrath - R is the former incumbent, having been term-limited out in 2013. He spent his time on the Council converting street gangs into basketball teams and basketball teams into street gangs. We always liked having McGrath on the Council. He was kind of fun. A loose canon and something of a maverick. The crazy uncle at the dinner table who starts a sentence with: "And let me tell you about the good things Mussolini did." Now, he has turned his attention to combating political lawn signs and sturgeon.
Did You Know? No one was shot today in District 2.
Good Luck District 2. God be with you.
*The part of Mark McGrath will be played by former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford