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Council candidate is against Chelsea NYCHA demo plan, for ‘medical freedom’

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | There is a race in the general election for City Council District 3 on Tuesday. Erik Bottcher, the Democratic incumbent, faces Robert Bobrick, running on the Republican and Medical Freedom Party lines.

While most voters know about Bottcher, Bobrick is a relative newcomer — though he did run against state Senate against Brad Hoylman-Sigal in 2022, taking 1.6 percent of the vote.

According to his campaign page, Bobrick was born in the West Village. He has both Eastern European and early colonial-era roots. His parents were original members of the Penn South co-op, where he still lives.

A teacher, he says he co-led the parents’ campaign to force Success Academy charter schools to withdraw their vaccine and testing mandates for students.

“In 2022, I ran for state Sentate District 47 to secure the fundamental, God-given rights of medical freedom, bodily autonomy and informed consent for all New Yorkers,” he says on his Web site.

The site also states: “The Medical Freedom Party believes that every man and every woman holds absolute authority over their own body and their own medical choices in every manner.”

In addition, Bobrick says he opposes the city’s plan to demolish the Robert Fulton Houses and Chelsea-Elliott Houses in Chelsea and rebuild them with new public housing, along with a portion of income-restricted affordable housing and market-rate housing.

The candidate also supports, as he puts it, “parents’ right to choose what medical treatments and educational policies are appropriate for their children.”

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