New Yorkers will also vote for state senators and assemblymen and new blood is anticipated
All eyes at the national level are on the general elections of this november 3but beyond choosing the next president already federal congressmen, in the state of New York and in the big Apple also several seats are at stake that will define the political course of the coming years.
The more than 4,600,000 active registered voters in all five boroughs will join their peers statewide to choose the 150 seats of the Assembly and 63 chairs of the Senate in Albanywhose vast majority of current occupants are seeking his re-election. But also, there are some who are competing without a contender and there are more than twenty open contestsbecause the owners chose to say goodbye to the legislative body.
The departure of 12 figures from the Senate (which is equivalent to 19%), 10 of them Republicans, such as Kenneth LaValle, from District 1, John J. Flanagan, from District 2, Betty Little, from District 45 and George Amedore, from District 46, among others, will bring new faces and, incidentally, have Democrats in the upper house hoping to increase their majority in that body, a fact that would make it even easier for them to approve several of the projects they promote.
In the Assembly the arrival of new blood to that organism is also anticipated, with even Latin figures such as Jessica Gonzalez-Rojasdaughter of immigrants, who hopes to make history in the 34th District of Queensy Amanda Seventhof Dominican origin, who is competing for the seat of the District 84 of the Bronx.
“I feel very confident in the work I have done so far, making myself known to the voters, but I don’t take anything for granted until the election results come out, but I feel that we are close to making history in my district, where 80% are people of color and for the first time we would have not only a woman, but a Latina,” said the Assembly candidate. “I feel like these elections will show more of the power that as a community and as Hispanics we can have to fight in Albany for needs like funding our schools, transportation and the millionaires tax.”
Amanda Seventh He also hopes to be victorious and promises to fight to lead his community in another direction.
“The Bronx for many years has been abandoned and neglected and each crisis that comes hits us worse, as the COVID-19 pandemic further evidenced. We need to help our people, solve even more the problems of lack of housing, access to health, opportunities and education”, assured the candidate.
They urge Hispanics to go out and vote
Catherine Cruzcurrent assemblyman and who will compete for re-election without a contestant for District 39 of Corona y Jackson Heightsin Queens, called for Hispanics to show up at the polls, even with those candidates who already have the ‘victoria ticket’.
“One of the most important things in these elections is that people get out and vote, not just because it’s a right, but because if we don’t, we’re never going to be treated as a major political community. Until they see us as a political power, they will not take us seriously, ”said the Democrat, assuring that she hopes that the new blood that I got to Albany print more progressivism to the Legislature.
“We are going to see an expansion, there is going to be almost 20 new members. New blood is coming to the Assembly and the expectation is what kind of Democrats we are going to see in the Assembly to be able to promote progressive projects,” added Cruz.
Two special elections
The big Apple will also have the special election to fill the vacancy left in the Municipal Council Councilman Rafael Espinalfor the 37th District of Brooklyn, and there he competes without rival, Democrat Darma Díaz.
queens county will also elect its new president, a position he left Melinda Katz, who resigned to become Queens Attorney General. Democratic councilman Donovan Richards Jr. will face Joann Ariola, of the conservative party.
Elections of Latino senators in the state Senate:
- Of the total of 63 senatorial seats in the State of New York, 12 incumbents (which is equivalent to 19% of legislators) will not seek re-election, leaving those elections open.
- 18 senators have no opponent, including current state senate president Andrea Stewart-Cousins of District 35,
- Gustavo Rivera, of the Democratic party, will have to face his Republican rival Dustin Martínez to continue with the seat of District 33.
- Luis Sepulveda, a Democrat for the 32nd District of the Bronx, is being challenged by Jonathon Weiner, of the Conservative Party.
- José M. Serrano, a Democrat, is being challenged by the Republican José A. Colón, for the 29th District of the Bronx.
- Julia Salazar, a Democrat, is being challenged by Daniel Christmann, of the moderate New Party, for District 18, in Brooklyn.
- Jessica Ramos, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Jesús González, for the 13th District of Queens.
- Mónica Martínez, a Democrat, is being challenged by Alexis Weik, of the Republican Party, for District 3, on Long Island.
- Kenneth LaValle, Republican for the 1st District.
- John J. Flanagan, Republican for the 2nd District.
- Velmanette Montgomery, Democrat for the 25th District.
- David Carlucci, Democrat for the 38th District.
- Betty Little, Republican for the 45th District.
- George Amedore, Republican for the 46th District.
- Bob Antonacci, Republican from the 50th District.
- James Seward, Republican of the 51st District.
- Rich Funke, Republican for the 55th District.
- Joseph Robach, Republican for the 56th District.
- Christopher Jacobs, Republican for ’60.
- Michael Ranzenhofe, Republican of the 61st District.