City Council candidates hold forum to discuss issues

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Candidates running for City Council speaker talked about the city's most important issues at a public forum Tuesday night.

The event, titled The Justice Forum, was held at the National Action Network House of Justice in Harlem.

Some hot-button issues discussed at the meeting were the NYCHA lead paint controversy and police brutality.

Currently, Melissa Mark-Viverito holds the City Council speaker seat.

There are eight candidates in total and two from Brooklyn.

Council Member Robert Cornegy is a former professional basketball player who represents District 36 in Brooklyn, and 41-year-old Council Member Jumaane Williams represents the 45th District.

The City Council will elect its new speaker at its first meeting in January. The position requires a majority of votes, or at least 26 out of 51.

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