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Molinaro & Diaz Sr.



Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro visited the Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr. Thursday, speaking at a meeting of the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization at Diaz’s Bronx church.  Diaz, currently a member of the New York City Council and previously a member of the New York State Senate, is a Democrat but diverges from his party on many issues.

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Cuomo Campaigns for Gounardes



Governor Andrew Cuomo continued his campaign efforts in support of Democratic state senate candidates, appearing in Dyker Heights with Andrew Gounardes.  Gounardes is running against Republican  incumbent Marty Golden, and the race is viewed as a significant opportunity for a Democratic pickup.

Cuomo and Gounardes spoke at a rally at the Stars and Stripes Democratic Club.

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Photo Gallery: Cuomo Post Primary Rally



Governor Andrew Cuomo marked his primary victory over Cynthia Nixon and the start of the general election campaign with a Midtown rally featuring a large group of Democratic elected officials and candidates.  Headlined by Cuomo and running mate Kathy Hochul, attendees included New York City’s three citywide elected officials, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate and attorney general candidate Tish James and Comptroller Scott Stringer,  as well as Council Speaker Corey Johnson.  House members attending included Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Hakeem Jeffries, Joe Crowley, Jose Serrano, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Yvette Clarke, Adriano Espaillat and Tom Suozzi.

Some of the successful challengers to state senate IDC members attended, including Alessandra Biaggi who defeated IDC leader Jeff Klein and Robert Jackson.  Notable candidates not spotted included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Rep. Joe Crowley in the June primary, and incumbent NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli.  Additionally, Cuomo’s and Hochul’s primary challengers Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams did not attend.

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Photo Gallery: Primary Night



Cynthia Nixon, Jumaane Williams and Zephyr Teachout brought their 2018 campaigns to a close with a shared primary night party in Flatbush.  They each lost their race by a wide margin but there was nonetheless a sense of celebration driven by their own belief in their campaigns and by the defeat that night of six of the eight state senate IDC Democrats, including IDC leader Jeff Klein.  Nixon, Williams and Teachout had endorsed and supported the IDC challengers and their statewide campaigns provided connective tissue for the separate and scattered IDC challengers.

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Photo Gallery: Cuomo In Flushing



Governor Andrew Cuomo held an unannounced rally in Flushing on primary eve, joined by eight Queens elected Democrats.  One of approximately a half dozen unannounced Cuomo appearances that day, the rally was “closed press,” but the Cuomo campaign relented and allowed press to enter and cover the rally.  Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul and attorney general candidate Tish James also appeared at the rally, although after Governor Cuomo’s quick departure.

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Photo Gallery: McCray & Ramos



Chirlane McCray, wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, joined state senate candidate Jessica Ramos at a Jackson Heights senior center.  McCray, who told me two days earlier that she intended to only endorse attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout in the 2018 primaries, joined her husband in supporting Ramos.  McCray said that while she had not “formally endorsed” Ramos she is “100% with her.”

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Photo Gallery: McCray for Teachout



Chirlane McCray, wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio, endorsed and appeared with attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout.  They appeared together at a Brooklyn subway station just before Teachout’s four-way primary.  Teachout is the first candidate endorsed by McCray in the 2018 Democratic primaries, and McCray said that she does not plan to endorse any other candidates in the primaries.

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Photo Gallery: Anti-MCI Rally



Housing activists organized a march and rally protesting the inclusion of the costs of major capital improvements, or “MCIs,” in calculating rent increases for rent-stabilized and controlled apartments.  The march started in Jackson Heights and went to offices of a landlord at 49th Street and 47th Avenue in Woodside.  The march attracted competing local politicians including Jose Peralta and Jessica Ramos, competing for a state senate seat, and Ari Espinal and Catalina Cruz, competing for a state assembly seat.  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic congressional candidate who defeated incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in June, also participated.

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