Natraj Bhushan eyes New York City Council post
Natraj S Bhushan's campaign to represent District 48 in the New York City Council maintains its momen- tum for the Democratic primary in early September.
“We are working tirelessly to collect signatures from the
community," David Euvin, director of communications for
the Bhushan campaign, told India in New York.
"The petition process is our primary focus at this point,"
Euvin added, "and it absorbs most of our time. Our goal is
2,000 signatures. We are excited that our powerful poten-
tial has been recognized.”
“I have always had a deep-rooted commitment to public
service, and as a life-long resident of the district, I want to
use my advocacy skills as an attorney, and my culturally rich
background to best serve all constituents,” Bhushan, who is
Son of immigration attorney Raj Bhushan and homemaker Laj Bhushan, Natraj was born in Oklahoma and moved
to New York when he was six years old.
District 26 includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of
Manhattan Beach, parts of Brighton Beach, parts of
Sheepshead Bay, and parts of Midwood.
A public interest attorney at the Bhushan Law Group,
Natraj Bhushan has also set up a firm to provide low-bono
and pro-bono legal services. He is licensed in New York and
Though Indian Americans have won election to the
United States Congress and became governors of two
southern states, no Indian American has ever won election
to the New York City Council.
The predominantly Democratic district has about
150,000 residents. It has traditionally voted Democrat.
No incumbent will contest the election. Current Council
Member D Michael C Nelson is term-limited.
The seat was once held by Anthony Weiner, the former
US Congressman who is currently in the electoral fray to
succeed Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
About 20 to 25 per cent of the district's population is
Asian -- mainly of Pakistani, Indian, Filipino and East
Sudhanshu Prasad to run
for Edison mayor
Sudhanshu Prasad, right, being sworn in as a member of Edison
Township Council in New Jersey for the second time in 2012.
Dr Sudhansu Prasad will contest he Edison Mayoral election as an Independent.
Prasad — a member of the Edison
Township Council in New Jersey for six
years — will face three opponents:
Democratic nominee and fellow
Councilman Thomas Lankey; current
Mayor Antonia Ricigliano, who is also
contesting as an Independent;
Republican candidate Guy Gaspari.
Ricigliano, who was endorsed by the
Democratic party in the last election,
failed to win the nomination this time.
The example of former Edison mayor
Jun Choi, who won without the
Democratic party’s endorsement, is
inspiring the Independents.
“Edison needs a change in adminis-
tration,” Prasad told India in New
“The administration has been very
inept. I stand tall and have no baggage
to carry. I can do the job without fear
A Democrat who won elections twice
to the Council on the party ticket,
Prasad did not seek the party nomina-
tion this time.