The borough’s political players hoped the Assemblymember would unite the party. Instead, as Democrats head into a vulnerable midterm election, New York’s biggest local political organization is in free fall.
Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado also fended off primary challenges.
Only one of the three Democrats and four Republicans running to run the state actually lives in New York City, but all of them have agendas that would affect the five boroughs.
In a draft filed with the court Monday, Jonathan Cervas significantly redrew districts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island. The state Senate stands to change even more.
A 92-year-old Holocaust survivor, an immigration advocate and a financial tech worker all learned of their candidacies when contacted by THE CITY. Party reformers charge they were caught up in a scheme for power brokers to retain control.
Reform Assemblymember Robert Carroll calls decision to keep judicial delegates on ballot despite dubious petition signatures “politically influenced” — while party leader Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn says he’s “xenophobic” for trying to block Pakistani representation.
District Leader Anthony Jones says the forged forms were part of a flood of ballot objections ordered by party higher ups.
“This is not my signature” said a young voter whose name and supposed sign-off are on papers filed to throw a political newcomer off the ballot. His neighbor says the same thing.
Two men tell THE CITY they did not sign petition objections submitted to the Board of Elections in their names and linked to a top Kings County Democrats lawyer. “You think we’re a bunch of idiots,” says one targeted office-holder in Brownsville.
Andy Marte, not long ago registered as a Republican, faced flak over conspiracy tweets and past role defending a Dem party boss over sexual harassment allegations.
Sabrina Rezzy, who works for Assembly member and Kings County Democratic Chief Rodneyse Bichotte, is challenging a district leader who has dissented from the party line.
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Members of the New Kings Democrats are troubled by Andy Marte’s previous registration as a Republican and social media posts they say are his.
An Assembly member called for the resignation of borough party boss Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn after her husband recited crude lyrics during a Zoom meeting. Reformers say the offensive tune exemplified efforts to belittle and silence party members.
After the AOC revolution rocked the party, Bronx Democratic leaders picked winners across the spectrum, from the moderate mayoral candidate to left-leaning Council hopefuls. “It’s a new day in The Bronx,” declared party leader Jamaal Bailey.
A nod from the local GOP or Democratic Party once usually spelled primary success for Staten Island candidates. But now, contenders on both sides of the aisle are running proudly without party backing — and are raising enough cash to compete.
A new $8.2 million cash infusion from the DA contender, spouse of hedge fund manager Boaz Weinstein, boosts her visibility in the crowded district attorney race. “New Yorkers for Tali” has spent much of it on TV spots, Facebook ads, mailers — and a podcast.
The progressive Brooklyn Young Democrats have battled the Kings County Democratic County Committee over candidates and more. But members were shocked when Rodneyse Bichotte-Hermelyn cut them out of the party.
Kings County Democratic Committee members blasted the way the party boss Rodneyse Bichotte pushed through the backing of her ally — before THE CITY revealed the jurists’ past legal woe.
Supporters of moving the deadline to May 28 would help more voters participate in the June 22 mayoral primary. But some Democrats see the bid as an incursions.
Democrats running for Council and mayor seek to win over New Yorkers new to the political scene.
First bail reform. Then reopening the city. Now, Republicans looking to take back Brooklyn and Staten Island slots are campaigning on Blue and Black Lives Matter demonstrations.