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.
Attorney general candidate Tish James made a campaign appearance on West 109th Street in the final hours of election day. James was joined by Assembly Member Danny O’Donnell, Council Member Mark Levine and members of the La Guardia High School Democrats.
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.
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.
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.
The Bay Terrace Community Alliance hosted its annual candidates night, drawing more than 15 candidates for a variety of state offices, including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and comptroller.
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.
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.
Zephyr Teachout, candidate for New York State attorney general, and Julie Goldberg, candidate for New York state senate, endorsed each other Thursday. Teachout is one of four candidates in the Democratic primary for attorney general in the race spawned by the resignation of Eric Schneiderman. Goldberg is running against incumbent Senator David Carlucci, an member of the IDC. She’s among the loose network of anti-IDC candidates seeking to both generate and capitalize on a Democratic “blue wave.”
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Zephyr Teachout yesterday, giving a progressive boost to Teachout in the Democratic primary for New York State attorney general. They appeared together for a press conference at the “Charging Bull” statue in Lower Manhattan, surrounded by a large press contingent and approximately 100 supporters
Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise defeat of Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary in late June has transformed her into a political star with national reach. Teachout was one of the few political figures to support Ocasio-Cortez in her race, endorsing her before Teachout was an attorney general candidate. This return endorsement may help Teachout both by drawing financial contributions from Ocasio-Cortez’s national audience and highlighting Teachout’s progressive credentials in the expected four-candidate Democratic primary.