Although it hasn’t gotten much press, TODAY is election day in New York. While not all neighborhoods will have contested primaries today, many do, including all of Lower Manhattan
Polls are open until 9:00 PM tonight (Thursday, September 10th). You can find your poll site – and if you have any contested elections in your district – at nyc.pollsitelocator.com. . Below are my endorsements in a few races.
65th Assembly District – Reform slate of Judicial Delegates including myself (Lower East Side, Chinatown, Seaport, Financial District, Battery Park City, Little Italy, Nolita, parts of SoHo and the East Village) –Judicial Delegates are elected positions that choose New York’s Supreme Court judges. In response to scandals in Albany, a group of reformers is running candidates in Lower Manhattan. The candidates include myself and other independent Lower Manhattan progressive leaders. Our reform slate has been endorsed by the Downtown Independent Democrats, dozens of good government advocates and even the New York Post. VOTE FOR ALL 10 CANDIDATES: THE TOP FIVE NAMES IN BOTH COLUMNS. For more detail see: http://newellnyc.org/jd-65-2015.
66th Assembly District, Part B – Terri Cude & Dennis Gault for District Leader (SoHo, NoHo, Tribeca, and parts of Battery Park City, Greenwich Village, and the East Village) – Terri Cude is a longtime community activist. Recently, she’s best known as a leader in the fight rein in NYU’s oversized 2031 expansion plan. Cude is also a transportation advocate, working to restore local bus routes, and the 1st Vice Chair of Community Board 2. Terri Cude is never the one grandstanding or jostling for a photo-op – she’s the one organizing the event.
Dennis Gault is a public school teacher, labor leader, parent, and community activist. Gault lives in Battery Park City and teaches children with autism in the East Village. He is an executive board member of Community Board 1, where he has worked for more public schools seats, pedestrian-friendly urban planning, affordable housing and better healthcare access.
Cude and Gault have also been endorsed by The Villager Newspaper, the Downtown Independent Democrats, the Village Reform Democratic Club, the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, and neighborhood groups and leaders too numerous to list here. See my full endorsement at http://newellnyc.org/cude-gault-2015.
76th Assembly District, Part B – Kim Moscaritolo & Adam Roberts for District Leader (78th St. to 92nd St., east of 3rd Ave) – Kim Moscaritolo is one of the most intelligent, caring, and effective people I have ever met. For years she has worked as hard as anyone to improve this city – and her neighborhood – for all New Yorkers. As someone who cares deeply about this volunteer office, I cannot imagine a better choice for the Upper East Side. See my full endorsement of Kim Moscaritolo at: http://newellnyc.org/kim-moscaritolo-2015.
Adam Roberts is a bright progressive prospect for NYC. He will bring a fresh, honest, and energetic voice to the Upper East Side. In addition, Roberts’ disgraced opponent should take this cue to finally retire from public life.
76th Assembly District, Part A – Esther Yang & Mike Dillon for District Leader (61st St. – 78th St., east of 3rd Ave and Roosevelt Island) – Mike Dillon is one of the smartest guys you’ll meet in NY politics. His grasp of the intricacies of electoral politics – and his use of those skills to help elect progressive Democrats – make him a valuable asset to his neighborhood. Dillon has worked in the Assembly, has been a City Council Budget Delegate, and is a leader in his neighborhood community association.
Esther Yang is a longtime advocate for an ethical, progressive and qualified judiciary. She is the founder of a non-profit after-school program, a community board member, and has worked with the Comptroller’s office. Yang will also be the first woman of color elected from the Upper East Side in memory, and reflects the area’s growing diversity.
This is, of course, a limited list of contested races. There are many other important races going on throughout NYC. A thorough, if disorganized, listing can be found at http://www.nyccfb.info/nyc-votes/voter-guide/primary-2015/candidates-borough. As always, please feel free to contact me on these races, or any other matters.
Whomever you support, please don’t forget to vote today.