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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Photo Gallery: Dem Lt. Gov. Debate

Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul and Jumaane Williams met for their only debate Wednesday.  Moderated by Gotham Gazette executive editor Ben Max and hosted by the Manhattan Neighborhood Network in its midtown studios as part of its Race to Represent initiative, the debate was a brief 30 minutes.  Although each party’s candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run as a ticket in the general election there are separate primaries for the two offices.

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Photo Gallery: Dem AG Debate

The four Democratic candidates for attorney general participated in a televised debate Tuesday.  Letitia James, Sean Patrick Maloney, Leecia Eve and Zephyr Teachout appeared at Manhattan’s John Jay College for a 90 minute session hosted by NY1 with moderators Erroll Louis and Liz Benjamin.

Photos were not permitted during the debate, so our photo gallery is limited to pre- and post-debate shots, primarily from the spin room.  Leecia Eve and Sean Patrick Maloney, along with Republican attorney general candidate Keith Wofford, appeared in the spin room.  Tish James and Zephyr Teachout did not, although James had several surrogates appear.

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Photo Gallery: Molinaro MTA Plan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro unveiled his long awaited proposal for overhauling the MTA, holding a City Hall press conference this morning.  It’s an enormous task that involves complex construction and engineering challenges as well as managing the logistics and politics of transit disruptions, all at a huge cost.  Dissatisfaction with the MTA, especially the subway system, has boiled for the past couple of years and poses both a real challenge to the City’s well-being and to the political fortune of Governor Andrew Cuomo.  There’s opportunity for Molinaro, but as a non-City pol he faces a large challenge in convincing City and New York City suburban voters that he’s the best choice to repair and expand their transit systems.

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Photo Gallery: Nixon Forum

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.

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