Decision 2020

Spectrum News NY1 takes a look at the key races in New York City politics on June 23.




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WHO'S ON THE BALLOT?


Below are some of the races we’re highlighting, but all U.S. House, State Senate, and State Assembly offices are up for election this year.

Here is the full list of candidates on the ballot in New York City (Note: some candidates on the ballot have since dropped out.)

QUEENS BOROUGH PRESIDENT PRIMARY

The primary for Queens borough president will be held on June 23. A special election was initially planned for March 24, but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus.

U.S. HOUSE PRIMARIES


9th Congressional District
Ninth Congressional District

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DEBATE

CANDIDATES

YVETTE CLARKE (D) — Incumbent

  • Seven-term congresswoman for the 9th Congressional District.
  • Vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
  • Pushing bill to address problems determining housing affordability based on income.

ADEM BUNKEDDEKO (D)

  • Lost to Clarke by fewer than 2,000 votes in 2018 primary.
  • Former nonprofit leader endorsed by key progressives like Zephyr Teachout.
  • Wants federal government to build 12 million affordable housing units nationwide.
CHAIM DEUTSCH (D)

CHAIM DEUTSCH (D)

  • City Councilman for Brooklyn’s 48th District since 2014.
  • Endorsed by the Police Benevolent Association union.
  • Touts himself as a law-and-order candidate who backs the police.
LUTCHI GAYOT (D)

LUTCHI GAYOT (D)

(Photo courtesy Lutchi Gayot/Facebook)

  • Ran as a Republican in 2018.
  • Backs universal basic income (UBI).
  • Wants to improve zoning laws in Brooklyn, lower housing costs.

ISIAH JAMES (D)

 

  • Army veteran and Democratic socialist.
  • Backs single-payer health care.
  • Wants a massive federal commitment in public housing.
10th Congressional District
Ninth Congressional District

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Jerry Nadler

JERRY NADLER (D) — Incumbent

  • Congressman for 10th District since 1992, chairman of House Judiciary Committee.
  • One of seven House managers in the impeachment trial.
  • Has pushed for health care reform to lower prescription drug prices.

LINDSEY BOYLAN (D)

  • Former aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
  • Like her fellow challengers, accuses Nadler of being absent in district.
  • Wants 10 million new housing units built, full funding for NYCHA.
JONATHAN HERZOG (D)

JONATHAN HERZOG (D)

(Photo courtesy Jonathan Herzog/Facebook)

  • Former Andrew Yang campaign staffer.
  • Says he’s drafted a universal basic income bill.
  • Criticizes Nadler’s “HEROES Act” as a bailout for large multi-national firms.
11th Congressional District
11th Congressional District
candidates

NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS (R)
 

  • Represents Staten Island and Brooklyn in the 64th Assembly District.
  • Was the Republican nominee for New York City mayor in 2017.
  • Opposed impeachment of President Donald Trump.
JOSEPH CALDARERA (R)

JOSEPH CALDARERA (R)

(Photo courtesy Joseph Caldarera's website)

  • Former assistant district attorney in Brooklyn.
  • Argues Malliotakis is a phony conservative.
  • Opposes abortion except in the case of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is in danger.
12th Congressional District
12th Congressional District

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Carolyn Maloney

CAROLYN MALONEY (D) — Incumbent

 

  • Chair of the House Oversight Committee, seeks 15th term in Congress.
  • Successfully lobbied for passage of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
  • Supports universal paid family leave, passing the Equal Rights Amendment.
Lauren Ashcroft

LAUREN ASHCRAFT (D)

(Photo courtesy Lauren Ashcraft/Facebook)

  • Stand-up comedian, activist who helped organized the Women’s March in New York.
  • Argues there’s a disconnect between Maloney and those struggling in the district.
  • Supports nationalizing and upgrading all public transit, and making the system free.
Peter Harrison

PETER HARRISON (D)

(Photo courtesy Peter Harrison/Facebook)

  • Housing organizer and member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
  • Wants universal rent control across the United States.
  • Supports four-day work weeks and a jobs guarantee.
Suraj Patel

SURAJ PATEL (D)

 

  • NYU professor and former Barack Obama aide.
  • Earned 40% of the vote in 2018 primary against Maloney.
  • Wants the federal government to help states fund tuition-free community college.
14th Congressional District
14th Congressional District

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D) — Incumbent

  • First-term congresswoman seen as a national face of progressive politics.
  • Proposed “Green New Deal” bill to get the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions.
  • Supports guaranteed health care for all.
MICHELLE CARUSO-CABRERA (D)

MICHELLE CARUSO-CABRERA (D)

  • Former TV journalist and former Republican.
  • Hammers Ocasio-Cortez for vote against “CARES Act” coronavirus relief package.
  • Slams Ocasio-Cortez’s anti-Amazon HQ2 advocacy for costing the district jobs.
BADRUN KHAN (D)

BADRUN KHAN (D)

 

  • Member of Community Board 2 in Queens.
  • Supports implementing universal basic income.
  • Backed repeal of 50-A, which shields police disciplinary records from public.
SAM SLOAN (D)

SAM SLOAN (D)

(Photo courtesy C-Span)

  • Chess champion.
  • Says Ocasio-Cortez is too radical.
15th Congressional District
15th Congressional District

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FRANGELL BASORA (D)

FRANGELL BASORA (D)

(Photo courtesy Frangell Basora's website)

  • Former grassroots organizer for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.
  • Pledges to increase investments in mental health services.
  • Wants a federal jobs guarantee for district, the most low-income communities in the U.S.

MICHAEL BLAKE (D)

 

  • Assemblyman for 79th District in the Bronx since 2015.
  • Calls for a moratorium on new fossil fuel developments on federal lands.
  • Wants expanded eligibility for the MWBE program in the district.
RUBEN DIAZ, SR. (D)

RUBEN DIAZ, SR. (D)

 

  • Councilman for the 18th District in the Bronx since 2018.
  • Chair of former committee in charge of regulating the taxi industry.
  • Has expressed anti-gay comments, opposition to abortion rights.
MARK ESCOFFERY-BEY (D)

MARK ESCOFFERY-BEY (D)

SAMELYS LÓPEZ (D)

SAMELYS LÓPEZ (D)

  • Has served on Bronx Community Board 7.
  • Endorsed by AOC, Bernie Sanders, other high-profile progressives.
  • Supports defunding the NYPD, demilitarizing police departments.

MELISSA MARK-VIVERITO (D)

  • City Council speaker from 2014 to 2017.
  • Calls for at least $70B for public housing repairs and maintenance.
  • Wants legal fund for unaccompanied minors, those facing deportation.
CHIVONA NEWSOME (D)

CHIVONA NEWSOME (D)

(Photo courtesy Chivona Newsome/Instagram)

  • Co-founded Black Lives Matter of Greater New York.
  • Supports legalizing marijuana, expunging records of non-violent criminal offenders.
  • Supports universal basic income.
JULIO PABÓN (D)

JULIO PABÓN (D)


 

  • Community activist in the Bronx.
  • Wants NYCHA residents to be given ownership of the units.
  • Rejects replacing Rikers with smaller jails in communities.
TOMAS RAMOS (D)

TOMAS RAMOS (D)


 

  • Advocate who works with kids at the Bronx River Houses Arts and Science Center.
  • Calls for allocating more funds to education and community centers.
  • Supports free child care for all.

YDANIS RODRIGUEZ (D)

 

  • Councilman for the 10th District in Manhattan since 2010.
  • Advocates for more on-time bus service, safer and cleaner train stations.
  • Supports abolishing ICE, allowing green card holders to vote.
MARLENE TAPPER (D)

MARLENE TAPPER (D)

(Photo courtesy Marlene Tapper/Facebook)

  • Financial adviser, political and legal consultant.
  • Supports reparations for communities most affected by pollution, climate change.
  • Wants bill to increase protections for women discriminated against in pay.

RITCHIE TORRES (D)

 

  • Councilman for the 15th District in the Bronx since 2014.
  • Has promised massive repairs and funding for NYCHA.
  • Favors using federal money for land-use reforms.
16th Congressional District
16th Congressional District

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Note: Candidate Andom Ghebreghiorgis will be on the ballot, but he has left the race and endorsed Jamaal Bowman.

ELIOT ENGEL (D) — Incumbent

ELIOT ENGEL (D) — Incumbent

  • 16-term congressman, chair of House Foreign Affairs Committee.
  • Endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus, Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
  • Argues his experience makes him best suited to protect district from President Trump.

JAMAAL BOWMAN (D)

  • Education activist and former middle school principal.
  • Has the backing of national progressives, such as Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Criticizes Engel for not being in the district for much of the COVID-19 crisis.
CHRISTOPHER FINK (D)

CHRISTOPHER FINK (D)

(Photo courtesy Christopher Fink/Facebook)

  • Lawyer with energy sector experience.
  • Touts his plan to create jobs to supplement the “CARES Act” coronavirus relief package.
  • Also hammers Engel for his absences.
SAMMY RAVELO (D)

SAMMY RAVELO (D)

(Photo courtesy Sammy Ravelo/Facebook)

  • Navy veteran and retired NYPD lieutenant.
  • Wants “Dreamers,” DACA recipients to get unconditional permanent residency.
  • Supports a carbon tax on polluters, banning fracking.

STATE SENATE PRIMARIES


Who is your state senator? Here's where to look.

25th State Senate District
25th State Senate District

DEBATE

CANDIDATES
Jabari Brisport

JABARI BRISPORT (D)
(Photo courtesy Jabari Brisport/Facebook)

 

  • Public school teacher and activist.
  • Wants legislation to reduce the number of evictions in the district.
  • Wants private hospitals in the state to be publicly owned.
JASON SALMON

JASON SALMON (D)
(Photo courtesy Jason Salmon/Facebook)
 

  • Activist and former aide to Velmanette Montgomery, the district’s state senator.
  • Calls for alternatives to policing to match funding for law enforcement.
  • Supports decriminalizing sex work.
TREMAINE WRIGHT (D)

TREMAINE WRIGHT (D)
(Photo courtesy Tremaine Wright's website)

  • Assemblywoman for 56th District — parts of which overlap 25th Senate District — since 2017.
  • Endorsed by Montgomery.
  • Supports removing NYPD officers from schools.

STATE ASSEMBLY PRIMARIES


Who is your state Assembly member? Find out here.

34th State Assembly District
25th State Senate District
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CANDIDATES
MICHAEL DENDEKKER (D) — Incumbent

MICHAEL DENDEKKER (D) — Incumbent
(Photo courtesy NASA/Bill Ingalls)

  • Assemblyman for the 34th District since 2009.
  • Endorsed by several labor unions.
JOY CHOWDHURY (D)

JOY CHOWDHURY (D)
(Photo courtesy Joy Chowdhury/Facebook)

  • Labor organizer, former Tiffany Caban campaign volunteer.
  • Wants gig workers to get full benefits, not be classified as independent contractors.
JESSICA GONZALEZ-ROJAS (D)

JESSICA GONZALEZ-ROJAS (D)
(Photo courtesy Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas/Facebook)

  • Former executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.
  • Endorsed by Caban.
NUALA O’DOHERTY-NARANJO (D)

NUALA O’DOHERTY-NARANJO (D)
(Photo courtesy Nuala O'Doherty-Naranjo/Facebook)

  • Former prosecutor, Caban volunteer.
  • Supports removing police from schools, traffic enforcement, mental health emergency response.