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Posts published in “Issue 2: March 2020”

Stern’s Suraj Patel eyes New York’s next progressive upset

Working in politics has the potential to expose you to some dark truths, but few of those are as stunning as the one NYU Stern adjunct professor and current Democratic Congressional candidate, Suraj Patel, discovered after the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

“The next day my brother and I, at noon, went to the Olive Garden in Chelsea at 23rd and 6th and we were there for six or seven hours,” he said during a recent interview with The Oppy. “Our friends cycled through, and you know they charge you twice if you stay that long for all-you-can-eat pasta and breadsticks. …

Full Q&A with Stern adjunct professor and congressional candidate Suraj Patel

Stern Opportunity Langone Managing Editor David Kalan recently visited the East Village campaign headquarters of Suraj Patel, an adjunct professor at the NYU Stern School of Business and a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the House of Representatives in New York’s 12th congressional district. Patel previously ran for the seat in 2018, losing in the primary to incumbent congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. 

In a wide-ranging conversation, Patel discussed his campaign, several of his policy positions and the personal experiences that have informed them. Below is a full transcript of that conversation. 

[READ: Stern’s Suraj Patel eyes New York’s next progressive upset]

Answers have been edited for length and clarity.…

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