Mark Levine, who is running in a crowded City Council race in Northern Manhattan, has hired The Advance Group to be his lead consultants.
This afternoon, State Senator Adriano Espaillat held an event in the state office building on Adam Clayton Boulevard in Harlem, just a few floors below the office of Rep. Charlie Rangel, who he tried to unseat last year.
"I'm not part of the Northern Manhattan team?" "Can you see? Hello? Am I black enough for you, brother?" Jackson yelled.
The last time Democrats and Republicans fought for control of the New York State Senate, state government ground to a halt and the New York Post sent in a clown.(1)
If you've never seen a judicial convention in Manhattan, here's a quick video that shows one of its more fascinating characteristics. Judicial candidates who fail to earn the support of the party leadership invariably announce they are declining to accept the nomination they were just seeking
A few brave readers passed along their predictions for some of tonight's primaries before the polls closed.
When Adriano Espaillat ran for Congress against Rep. Charles Rangel in June, representing the most credible challenge to Rangel in recent memory, the Times chose not to endorse him, writing that "he would have to reach out to a wider constituency of African-Americans, whites and Asians."
So far, Governor Andrew Cuomo has endorsed four incumbent Democratic legislators for re-election, but has not appeared with them on the campaign trail or appeared in ads for them.
Here's a campaign flier from State Senator Adriano Espaillat attacking his Democratic primary challenger and fellow Dominican lawmaker, Assemblyman Guillermo Linares for endorsing Rep. Charlie Rangel for re-election in the newly drawn, majority-Latino congressional seat in Northern Manhattan and the Bronx.
The flier says "When Guillermo Linares had the chance to help send the first Latino from Northern Manhattan to congress…He chose instead to betray us."
Espaillat went on the offensive, criticizing Guillermo for voting for the redistricting plan that included Republican-drawn gerrymandered lines for the State Senate. Espaillat referred to the plan as an "incumbency protection plan" and speculated Republicans would be able to hold onto the majority for the next ten years.
In response, Guillermo, a former City Councilman who served one term in the Assembly, accused Espaillat -- a legislator since 1996 -- for acting "as though he did not understand the rules and how things are decided in the legislature."
Walter Mosley's candidacy provided an opportunity for Charles Barron's backers to get right with Hakeem Jeffries.
But today, District Council 37 opted not to make amends, choosing to endorse one of Mosley's opponents, Olanike Alabi, who previously served as an aide to the head of health care union 1199 SEIU.
Espaillat is not done settling scores with some of his Democratic colleagues.
This morning, he announced he was endorsing Mark Gjonaj, who is challenging one of his Democratic colleagues in the state Assembly, Naomi Rivera, who publicly backed Rangel in the primary race.
"Nobody has worked harder or delivered more than Mark Gjonaj," Espaillat said in a statement.
Despite a "perfect storm" that should have propelled Adriano Espaillat, Charlie Rangel's campaign manager suggested last night that Espaillat was lucky to avoid an "ass-whupping" at the hands of the longtime incumbent.
At a panel discussion on the aftermath of the race, Moises Perez dismissed the idea that Espaillat had over-performed, given Espaillat's status as the first Dominican congressional candidate, combined with the recent Dominican elections and a prolonged fight for a Dominican-drawn seat.
Just over a month after 32BJ celebrated Charlie Rangel's close win in the congressional primary, the influential union has endorsed Rangel's challenger, Adriano Espaillat, in his race for re-election to the State Senate.
Democratic state senator Adriano Espailat received an early endorsement from the Working Families Party in his re-election campaign, but, according to a Board of Elections spokesperson, he may not appear on that ballot line because he filed his paperwork late.
Espaillat is expected to appeal the late filing when the Board of Elections meets on Monday. If successful, he would appear on the WFP line during the November general election.