Tomorrow, Thursday, September 13th is Primary Day in New York State. For 85% of New Yorkers, primary day is which your vote counts most. Most of our districts are so partisan that the other party doesn’t even run candidates many years, so the “real election” is the primary. Here are my endorsements in a few selected races for the Democratic Primary. They are necessarily brief, and I have left out many important races. Please feel free to reply with any questions.
Polls will be open on Thursday, September 13th from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Find your poll site and sample ballot at: https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search.
Governor: CYNTHIA NIXON. See my full endorsement at http://www.newellnyc.org/nixon-for-gov.
Lt. Governor: JUMAANE WILLIAMS. See my full endorsement at http://www.newellnyc.org/jumaane-for-lg.
Civil Court, Manhattan Dist. 2 (East Village, Lower East Side, Chinatown, SoHo, NoHo, Little Italy, parts of the Village): ROBERT ROSENTHAL. See my full endorsement at http://www.newellnyc.org/rosenthal-for-civil-court.
State Committee, 65th AD (Lower Manhattan): CHRISTOPHER MARTE. See my full endorsement at http://www.newellnyc.org/marte-state-committee.
State Assembly, AD74 (East Side of Manhattan from Delancey to 42nd St.): HARVEY EPSTEIN. - Harvey has been one of New York tenants’ most effective champions as long as I’ve known him. In courtrooms, the Rent Guidelines Board, Tenant Association meetings, and lobbying in Albany Harvey has fought and won battle after battle for our neighbors. He’s been there for rent stabilized tenants, NYCHA tenants, and cooperators. Harvey has policy depth and intimate knowledge of East Side neighborhoods, and progressive values are in his bones.
State Senate: #NOIDCNY - For most of my life, the New York State Senate has been controlled by Republicans. This has been the key proximate reason why New York has not lived up to our potential as a true progressive state. In the last 8 years, as New York has become ever more Democratic, this disconnect has become harder to maintain. There’s a lot of blame to go around for this, including on our Governor and Assembly Democrats who chose to allow the GOP to gerrymander the State Senate in return for protecting themselves from primary challengers.
But a key factor has been a group of nine Democratic State Senators who have chosen to hand power to the Republicans in return for increased staff budgets and personal pay bumps. You may have heard them referred to as the “Trump Democrats”. Eight of these, in the so-called “Independent Democratic Conference” have recently been cowed into returning to the Democratic caucus. But they have promised this before, and are fundamentally not to be trusted. Every one of the nine deserves to be voted out tomorrow. Fortunately, we have fielded a fantastic collection of candidates to oppose them. They vary from brilliant young organizers new to politics, to longtime leaders and elected officials who blazed trails for underserved communities. Brevity prohibits description here, but you can learn about them all at: http://www.noidcny.org/learn/challengers.
Please vote for these candidates for State Senate:
SD 11: JOHN LIU (Whitestone, Bayside, College Point, Flushing):
SD 13: JESSICA RAMOS (Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, East Elmhurst, parts of Woodside & Astoria)
SD 17: BLAKE MORRIS (Midwood, Flatbush, Borough Park, Kensington, Sunset Park, Madison & Bensonhurst)
SD 20: ZELLNOR MYRIE (Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, Sunset Park)
SD 23: JASMINE ROBINSON (North & East Shores Of Staten Island, Parts of Brooklyn, including Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Dyker Heights, Gravesend, Sunset Park)
SD 31: ROBERT JACKSON (Washington Heights , Hamilton Heights, West Harlem, Inwood, Morningside Heights, Parts of the Upper West Side, and a random little part of Chelsea – see gerrymandering above)
SD 34: ALESSANDRA BIAGGI (Parts of the Bronx, Pelham, and Mount Vernon)
SD 38: JULIE GOLDBERG (Rockland County and parts of Westchester)
SD 53: RACHEL MAY (Most of Syracuse, Madison County and parts Of Oneida and Onondaga Counties)
State Committee AD 76 (Upper East Side, Yorkville, Lenox Hill, and Roosevelt Island): ADAM ROBERTS and LAUREN TRAPANOTTO. Two brilliant, dynamic young leaders. They will bring progressive values, reform and fresh air to a State Committee that desperately needs it.
Civil Court Brooklyn (All of Bkln): LOREN BAILY and INGRID JOSEPH: Two qualified, incumbent Civil Court judges being challenged by candidates who were not approved by screening panels, and put up by a group of consultants trying to shake down judges for money. Reelect Baily and Joseph.
State Committee AD 44 (Windsor Terrace, Kensington, most of Park Slope, parts of Flatbush and Ditmas Park): DOUG SCHNEIDER. Doug is a well-known progressive leader in Brooklyn, and an all-around mensh. The Brooklyn Democratic Party will be a better place for his election.
State Committee AD 48 (Boro Park and parts of Flatbush): DAVID SCHWARTZ. David has been a brave and kind voice for progressive, reform, and tolerant values in Boro Park and Flatbush, within the Orthodox Jewish community, and in the Brooklyn Democratic Party. He richly deserves your vote.
State Committee AD 51 (Sunset Park, Red Hook, Gowanus, South Slope, and parts of Bay Ridge): GENESIS AQUINO. Aquino is a housing advocate and long term Sunset Park resident. She will also be a breath of fresh air for the Brooklyn Democratic Party
So there you have my long, but by no means exhaustive list. I hope you’ve found it helpful. Also, I know I’ve been sending a lot of these. I promise this will be last email blast for a while (barring major emergencies, etc). Thanks for sticking with me.
Polls will be open tomorrow, Thursday, September 13th from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Find your poll site and sample ballot at: https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/search.
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