Source: New California Media
On June 24, 2005 New California Media reported, "As one more sign that 800, 000 Muslim New Yorkers, at least 250, 000 of whom are eligible to vote, can play an important role in the upcoming mayoral elections, the Manhattan borough president, C. Virginia Fields, told leaders of the New York Chapter of the American Muslim Taskforce on Civil Rights and Elections (AMT) that 'she opposes the Patriot Act' and as mayor would create a more inclusive 'New York City, in which Muslims would have more of a voice'... This year five American Muslim candidates are running for city council elections in New York. AMT-NY plans to hold town hall meeting throughout the state to get Muslim candidates to register to vote, educate them about issues and candidates, get them to interact with various candidates, build a democratic consensus, and get them out on the day of elections. 'A unified vote by 250, 000 Muslim New Yorkers will make us a respected partner in city politics,' says Imam El-Hajj Talib Abdul Rasheed, coordinator AMT-NY."