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Meet the Candidates

The OCA-WHV Chapter and the Pace University Center for Community Action and Research continue to collaborate and sponsor the annual Meet The Candidates Forum at Pace’s Pleasantville Campus. Over 40 members of the Asian Pacific American community and the Pace student community participated with six political candidates. There was a lively, enthusiastic interchange during the question and answer session.New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a double Pace University alumna, spoke on why we should vote.


Among the other candidates participating were two Westchester District Attorney candidates, Bruce Bendish and Tony Scarpino; two members of the New York StateAssembly, Tom Abinanti and Sandy Galef; and New York State Senate candidateAlison Boak.


“Pace University and the OCA Westchester and Hudson Valley Americans are committed to providing our community with information and opportunities to engage in the civic process,” said Heather Novak, Associate Director of Pace’s Center for Community Action and Research. “We have been encouraged by the increasing turnout, especially of students, to these events. Perhaps it is the silverlining in this contentious election season.”; OCA Westchester and Hudson Valley is one of the 100 Chapters and affiliates of OCANational. OCA is dedicated to advancing the social, political andeconomic well-being of over 20 million Asian Pacific Americans in the UnitedStates.


OCA seeks to advocate for social justice, equal opportunity and fair treatment; Promote civic participation, education and leadership; Advance coalition and community building; and foster cultural heritage.


The mission of Pace University’s Center for Community Action and Research is to enrich the educational experiences of students, faculty, and staff in a manner that is consistent with Pace’s mission to cultivate tomorrow’s leaders and citizens foractive participation in the larger life of their communities, the nation, and the world.

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