By Miriam Rosenberg
Council Speaker Gifford Miller tells clergy members that Rockaway is “a real spot for job growth” as Councilman James Sanders, Jr. looks on. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
City Council Speaker Gifford Miller brought his campaign for the Democratic nomination for mayor to the Community Church of the Nazarene for a breakfast with members of Rockaway’s clergy on April 1.
“We’re paralyzed by a lack of leadership [in our city],”said Miller, who told those attending the breakfast some of his accomplishments as leader of the City Council.
Before the breakfast, Miller talks with Pastor Mullins of the Church of the Nazarene and another clergy member. In answer to one clergyman’s question Miller said he is pro-choice and supports civil gay marriages. He also said that he “doesn’t believe any religious group can be forced to recognize such a marriage.”
Some of those accomplishments, Miller said, include a living wage law and forcing values and priorities back into the budgets.
He believes the right choices need to be made in creating jobs and better schools for the city’s children.
Miller shakes hands with Pastor Thomas. Miller told the clergy members that “there is an economic disparity in the black community” in New York City that needs to be changed through setting hard goals, job training and better schools.
Miller asked the clergy to “help me reach your congregation and spread the message of how we can do better in the city.”
During the breakfast Miller also said that the city needs to address education, housing and bring taxes down “so people don’t move out of our city.”
Councilman James Sanders, Jr. hosted the breakfast.