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.
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.
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.
Democratic candidate for attorney general Zephyr Teachout and Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon appeared at a GOTV rally in Kingston. The two candidates were winding up a three day upstate campaign swing, but appeared in Kingston about 20 minutes apart.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon attended a Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum Tuesday night, getting the stage to herself as rival Andrew Cuomo did not attend. Held in Sunset Park and moderated by Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max and Politico reporter Madina Toure, the forum was an hour-long discussion on a wide mix of policy issues and political prospects as Nixon heads toward primary day well behind in public polling.
Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell endorsed Cynthia Nixon, hosting her for a brief press conference and voter meet & greet at the 96th Street/Broadway subway station last Monday. O’Donnell has represented the Upper West Side since 2003 and endorsed Andrew Cuomo in 2014. He said that Cuomo’s failure to produce sufficient results in eight years in office, including on criminal justice reform and mass incarceration, have led him to support Nixon.
O’Donnell was the fourth member of the Assembly to endorse Nixon, joining Andrew Hevesi, Tom Abinanti and Harvey Epstein. She’s also been endorsed by four New York City Council members.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon was joined by several aligned candidates at a “Latinx for Cynthia” fundraiser. (“Latinx” is a genderless descriptive in place of “Latino/Latina.”)
Joining Nixon were attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout, state senate candidates Jessica Ramos and Robert Jackson and Assembly candidate Amanda Septimo. Former City Council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also attended.
Gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon continued her campaign focus on the subway, visiting the Upper West Side’s 72nd Street station for a brief press conference and some voter contact Tuesday.
Assembly Member Tom Abinanti has added to the small number of elected officials supporting Cynthia Nixon over Andrew Cuomo, endorsing her in a pair of Westchester appearances. Nixon joined Abinanti at a health fair in Greenburgh and at a Tarrytown park on the Hudson River overlooking the Mario Cuomo/Tappan Zee Bridge Friday.
Abinanti cast his decision to choose Nixon over Cuomo as driven by the combination of his shared views with Nixon on a broad range of issues and his conclusion that after Cuomo having eight years in office it’s “time for a change.” Alluding to his ideological compatibility with Nixon, Abinanti spoke of the need for “a strong Democrat who’s going to enunciate Democratic Party principles … all of them.”
Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams endorsed each other Sunday, establishing an alliance that many voters assumed existed between the two candidates opposing the incumbent governor and lieutenant governor in the Democratic primary. Speaking at a press conference on the edge of Prospect Park, Nixon and Williams were endorsed by the New York City chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America before they endorsed each other. Following the press conference the two candidates spent considerable time greeting attendees and passersby. They briefly walked into Prospect Park but quickly changed course, having already spent their allotted park time greeting people those attendees and passersby, and instead headed out to knock on doors on surrounding blocks.