New terms, lots of candidates, fiercely fought elections, victories and defeats both surprising and not. Lots happened in 2018 New York politics and we’ve distilled the year into our 2018 Year in Photos.
Former governor George Pataki campaigned with Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, connecting for an election eve appearance in a Midtown subway station. Pataki’s 2002 reelection to a third term was the last statewide win by a Republican. The last time a New York Republican was elected to a first term in a statewide office was 1994, when Pataki was first elected governor and Dennis Vacco was elected to his only term as attorney general.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro visited Senator Marty Golden’s campaign office in Bay Ridge today for a press conference focused on Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State parole board. Molinaro and Golden excoriated the parole board for its grant of parole to Herman Bell, convicted of the 1971 murders of two New York City police officers, and the possibility that the board may grant parole to Bell’s accomplice.
Golden is in a heated reelection campaign as Democrats dig to defeat a Republican incumbent in their effort to move the state senate to Democratic control. Governor Cuomo made a parallel appearance last week, campaigning with Golden’s opponent Andrew Gounardes in Dyker Heights.
The Columbus Day Parade drew a large contingent of elected officials and candidates to Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Monday for the annual celebration of Italian heritage. Headlining the group was Governor Andrew Cuomo, with his Republican opponent Marc Molinaro and frequent nemesis Mayor Bill de Blasio among the attending politicians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon and State Senate candidate Robert Jackson campaigned together on the Upper West Side, appearing outside P.S. 75. P.S. 75 was Nixon’s first school and lies in the senate district that Jackson seeks to represent.
Our full photo gallery is available here.