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.
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.
Council Member Corey Johnson became Council Speaker Corey Johnson, drawing nearly unanimous support after besting rivals in the informal process preceding the vote. Receiving the support of Congressman and Queens County Democratic Chairman Joe Crowley appeared to seal the speakership for Johnson ahead of the vote and that expectation came to fruition Wednesday with Johnson receiving 48 of the 49 votes cast.
In remarks on the floor during the Council Charter session Council Member Inez Barron offered herself as an alternative speaker candidate, harshly criticizing the absence of any black speaker among the four people who’ve held the position and the continuation of that reality with the selection of Johnson. While drawing supportive remarks from several of her colleagues Barron did not draw any of their votes. He spoke movingly of his mother and their close relationship, embracing her just after his election.
Johnson was warmly praised by many of his colleagues who noted both his professional accomplishments and his personal journey. First coming to public attention as a high school football player who revealed himself as gay, and now H.I.V. positive, Johnson has also openly shared his past substance abuse struggles.
Congressional candidate Adriano Espaillat today led a group of supporters on a four mile walk through Manhattan, from 135th Street to his campaign headquarters on Sherman Avenue. With several dozen cars in a caravan following him and music blasting, the candidate and supporters sang and danced their way up Broadway.
Espaillat spoke to the press and his supporters just before the walk. Giving a fiery speech, he attacked Rangel for being “in the center of [the] dysfunction” in a “broken” Washington. Espaillat also attacked Rangel for having “sided with Wall Street” repeatedly. Here is the portion of Espaillat’s remarks made in english.
We talk with City Council Speaker, and Espaillat supporter, Melissa Mark-Viverito, about the congressional primary campaign in her East Harlem council district:
Update – Dancing & Singing on Broadway:
It was a bit north of the theater district, but there were some solid performances on Broadway.
Yesterday, Erick Salgado joined the crowd of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor, holding a large campaign kickoff rally on the steps of City Hall. (He has previously been campaigning and raising money – you can watch our report from a candidate forum he attended in March here.)
Salgado, a Brooklyn pastor little known in politics, staged an impressive rally. His campaign brought in 300 supporters for his energetic speech. Raised in Puerto Rico, he speaks english with a thick accent and somewhat jumbled syntax. He nonetheless is engaging and charismatic, holding his audience in both english and spanish. As he put it during his speech: “I speak with an accent, I’m proud of it, but I don’t think with an accent.”
Notable supporters at the rally included Senator Ruben Diaz and Gregory Davidzon, the politically active operator of an influential russian-language radio station. (We spoke with Senator Diaz about the arrest of his fellow Bronx Democrat Eric Stevenson – you can watch it here.)
He faces many challenges, but comes with some real strengths. Watch our report for a full analysis.
Here is a more extensive set of clips from Salgado’s rally, including segments in spanish.
This afternoon I spoke State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. about the arrest of his fellow Bronx state legislator, Assemblymember Eric Stevenson, and about whether the level of corruption in Albany has gotten better or worse since he was first elected.
We spoke at mayoral candidate Erick Salgado’s energetic campaign rally on the steps of City Hall. Diaz endorsed Salgado. We’ll have more on Salgado’s campaign in a later report.