Tuesday, February 7

Welcome to another New York primary day- POLITICO


It’s primary day. Yes, again. New Yorkers will be heading to the polls — or mailing in absentee ballots from the Hamptons, as the case may be — for congressional and state Senate contests under a court-ordered redistricting plan. These are the key races to watch:

— NY-12: Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler, both longtime New York institutions, go up against each other after redistricting landed them in the same Manhattan district. Upstart Suraj Patel is vying to unseat both incumbents.

— NY-10: A crowded field competes for the vacant seat spanning Lower Manhattan and a big chunk of Brooklyn. Impeachment lawyer Dan Goldman narrowly leads the polls, with Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, City Council Member Carlina Rivera, and suburban Rep. Mondaire Jones all in contention.

— NY-17: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the chair of House Democrats campaign arm, faces a primary challenge from the left from state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi after angering many progressives with his maneuvering in the redistricting mess.

— NY-23: In the most closely-watched Republican primary in the state, New York State GOP chair Nick Langworthy goes up against famously bombastic former gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino.

— NY-19: In addition to the primaries, there will be a special election to fill the upstate seat vacated by now-Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado. Republican Marc Molinaro and Democrat Pat Ryan face off in a race that could be a bellwether for November, with the parties testing their competing messages on the economy and abortion.

— Other open seats: A crowded field of Democrats are vying for the seat held by retiring Republican Rep. John Katko, which Democrats see as one of their few prime pickup opportunities this year. Two millionaires are running for the Republican nomination. On Long Island, there are three open seats, each with a competitive primary in at least one party.

— State Senate races: A host of Senate primaries are on the ballots, several pitting progressive favorites against more moderate Democrats — and Mayor Eric Adams has waded in on the side of the moderates. Sens. Gustavo Rivera, Robert Jackson, and Jabari Brisport all face challenges from their right, while Sen. Kevin Parker confronts a challenge from his left.

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WHERE’S KATHY? In Albany with no public events scheduled.

WHERE’S ERIC? Delivering remarks at a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony, attending the John F. Kennedy International Airport change of command ceremony, raising the Ukrainian flag and delivering remarks in honor of Ukraine’s Independence Day, meeting with the ambassador of Japan to the U.S., H.E. Koji Tomita, and the consul general of Japan in New York, Ambassador Mikio Mori, and voting in the 2022 primary.

New York takes center stage in fight for control of the House, by POLITICO’s Ally Mutnick: Democrats began the year clinging to New York state as a bulwark against GOP gerrymandering and a potentially brutal midterm. Instead, it’s become a giant headache. A redistricting mishap and President Joe Biden’s lingering toxicity upended Democratic hopes of creating a seawall of deep-blue seats that could offset House losses elsewhere. They started the cycle thinking they could net at least three seats — now, in the worst-case scenario, they could lose as many as five. On top of that, their own party campaign chairman faces both a primary and a potential general election slog.

Meet the Big Money That Paid to Pack Your Mailbox This Election,” by The City’s George Joseph and Jonathan Custodio: “If you’re wondering why your mailbox has been bursting with political flyers, look no further than independent expenditure committees, especially those financed by Wall Street investors, real estate companies and other well-resourced interests. Under the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, groups can spend an unlimited amount to elect a candidate, so long as they do not coordinate with campaigns. State records show that committees with inscrutable names such as the Coalition to Restore New York and New Yorkers for a Better Community have poured more than $1.7 million into New York’s state Senate primary contests over the last month, almost entirely in New York City. A majority of those expenditures attack progressive incumbent Democrats or prop up centrist candidates in Democratic primaries. This year’s crop of ads has also been marked by misleading information in some mailers and digital advertisements.”

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Final sprint for crowded 10th Congressional District primary,” by NY1’s Kelly Mena: “The candidates in the Democratic primary for New York’s 10th Congressional Race were sprinting to the finish Monday as they tried to rally every vote across the district. The weather might have been dreary, but the candidates vying to be the first to represent the newly drawn district weren’t letting the rain keep them from reaching voters. Many of the front-runners in the race used their final day before the primary to reach voters in the Manhattan side of the district.”

— Who the NY-10 hopefuls voted for for mayor.

NY-12 candidates make final pitches on eve of primary,” by NY1’s Emily Ngo: “The tense, and at times nasty, 12th Congressional District race between colleagues is coming to a close. Rep. Carolyn Maloney spent Monday, the eve of the primary, on her Upper East Side stomping grounds. ‘There is one thing that remains that I have not been able to do and that is to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and put women in the Constitution,’ Maloney said at a rally. ‘Please send me back to finish the job!’ Rep. Jerry Nadler was on the Upper West Side, where his loyal, liberal base has boosted him into the front-runner position. ‘It’s been a long campaign,’ Nadler told NY1. After Tuesday, at least one of these two titans of Democratic House leadership will be forced into retirement.”

Adams dodges questions about his night life, by POLITICO’s Julian Shen-Berro: Mayor Eric Adams doesn’t want reporters asking too many questions about his after-hours habits — lest the people he’s meeting there get cold feet. A self-described “nightlife mayor,” Adams has been known to wine and dine at swanky restaurants and exclusive clubs like the members-only Zero Bond and high-end Midtown eatery Osteria La Baia. On Monday, he decried a report linking La Baia to two of his friends who were convicted of felonies in 2014 — a connection first reported by POLITICO…. Adams, who makes a more than $250,000 salary as mayor, said he picks up his own dinner tabs. “I pay every bill, not the city. … What mayor have you ever asked to get receipts for his private dinners?” he said, refusing to provide proof he’s paying. … He likewise refused to identify who grants him access to exclusive clubs such as Zero Bond, where a membership costs $4,000 a year, suggesting his friends’ privacy was more important than mayoral transparency.

NYC’s migrant surge now around 6K amid Texas bus transports: City Hall,” by New York Post’s Bernadette Hogan, Haley Brown and Bruce Golding: “About 6,000 migrants have arrived in New York City since officials noticed the surge that began in May, officials said Monday. The new figure is roughly 50% higher than the 4,000-plus the city estimated two weeks ago, shortly after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began relocating asylum seekers from the southern border to the Big Apple. An average of about 100 migrants have been dropped off daily outside Manhattan’s Port Authority Bus Terminal since the first of Abbott’s charters showed up unexpectedly on Aug. 5, mayoral press secretary Fabien Levy said.”

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— A man on one of the buses sent by Texas called 911 saying he and others were held on the bus against their will and not allowed to get off in Tennessee.

NYC jail stabbings, slashings up 71% to hit seven-year high despite fewer Rikers detainees,” by New York Daily News’ Graham Rayman: “City jail stabbings and slashings are on an alarming rise even as the numbers of detainees sinks, city statistics show. For the first seven months of 2022, 296 such incidents were reported — up a dizzying 71% from the 173 reported in the same period last year, the data show. The number of stabbings and slashings in July alone hit 42, nearly matching the 44 reported in the first seven months of 2016 — the year a federal monitor was named to address jail violence.”

Inside the Making of New York City’s Bizarre Nuclear War P.S.A.,” by The New York Times’ Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Jeffery C. Mays: “The video opens gauzily on an empty New York City streetscape, with sirens echoing in the distance, as a woman dressed in black strolls in with some hypothetically catastrophic news. ‘So there’s been a nuclear attack,’ she says nonchalantly. ‘Don’t ask me how or why, just know that the big one has hit.’ The 90-second public service announcement, which instructed New Yorkers about what to do during a nuclear attack, was released by the city’s Department of Emergency Management in July. It attracted attention: While most of the videos on the department’s YouTube page have recorded fewer than 1,000 views, at last count the nuclear preparedness video had been seen more than 857,000 times. It also drew immediate and widespread derision, much of it centered on an underlying question: What were they thinking?”

‘You’re not New Yorkers’: Hochul says political rivals like Zeldin ought to leave,” by New York Post’s Zach Williams: “Gov. Kathy Hochul sparked controversy Monday night by saying political opponents like Republican gubernatorial nominee Rep. Lee Zeldin ought to ditch New York as she rallied with fellow Democrats ahead of a special election in Congressional District 19 in the Hudson Valley. ‘We are fighting for democracy. We’re fighting to bring government back to the people and out of the hands of dictators,’ Hochul said at a Monday evening rally in Kingston alongside Democratic congressional candidate Pat Ryan, where she called out his Republican opponent, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, Zeldin and former President Donald Trump.”

— The New York state Demsreleased a parody video attacking the Zeldin campaign for the 900 photocopied signatures submitted as part of an unsuccessful attempt to gain a third party line.

Governor Kathy Hochul’s Beautiful Bumpass Home,” by Hell Gate’s Christopher Robbins: “Roughly a year ago, as I was listening to our former governor drone on about ‘New York Loving’ and how the attorney general was unfair and why he was resigning, I was reading as much as I could about our new governor, Kathy Hochul. I knew that she was from Buffalo, that she used to be a conservative Democrat, and that she and her old running mate didn’t always see eye to eye. Now I was learning that she had a house in…Bumpass, Virginia? The Post’s story about Hochul’s $2 million real estate portfolio mostly focused on her two condos on Lake Erie in Buffalo, and the hilariously creepy interior photos for a real estate listing that look straight out of an ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ reenactment.”

New York to stretch monkeypox vaccine supply with intradermal injections,” by Gay City News’ Matt Tracy: “In response to federal guidance, New York State is stretching the limited monkeypox vaccine supply by employing a new and temporary vaccination approach that entails administering a fraction of a dose, Governor Kathy Hochul and State Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said at an August 22 press conference. The new policy paves the way for the state to begin administering second doses of the vaccine after months of delays due to supply shortages. The new injection method for the JYNNEOS vaccine involves giving the shots intradermally, or between layers of skin. Earlier this month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency use authorization for intradermal injection.”

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Gov. Hochul eases NY’s COVID-19 quarantine rules for coming school year,” by WNYC’s Caroline Lewis: “Students in New York will no longer be required to quarantine following a COVID-19 exposure in the coming school year, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Monday. Hochul said the state is updating its guidance for schools to align with the most recent advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state previously advised schools to allow students who had been exposed to return to school only by testing out of quarantine, but that policy is also being eliminated. The CDC revised its guidance for schools and other public places on August 11th to ease contact tracing, quarantine and testing recommendations for people who don’t show symptoms after an exposure in most settings. The only exceptions are health care arenas and high-risk congregate settings like correctional facilities and homeless shelters.”

#UpstateAmerica: The state’s second-oldest county fair is back for its 176th year in Dutchess and here’s how you can do it right in Rhinebeck.

— Rapper Fetty Wap pleaded guilty to conspiring with a Long Island drug gang.

— A carriage horse that collapsed in Manhattan was malnourished and older than previously reported, according to a police report.

— The state attorney general indicted a city correction officer on murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of an 18-year-old in the Bronx.

— AG Tish Jamessigned onto an amicus brief with 24 attorneys general to oppose challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act.

— There’s nothing new under the sun, including New York and New Jersey’s congestion pricing feud.

— Buffalo finally got a new parking commissioner, who is looking to be “innovative.”

— New York City launched a crackdown on commercial vehicles parked overnight illegally in Queens.

— With only 30 percent of young men in New York City holding wage-paying, non-freelance jobs, the city is seeking to bolster employment opportunities and support.

— A new survey found just half of New Yorkers have received a Covid booster shot, even as nearly two-thirds report having had the virus.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Axios’ Alexi McCammond … NBC’s Mike Memoli and Julie TsirkinJessica Ketner … Brunswick Group’s Patti Solis Doyle … ProPublica’s Craig SilvermanBradley Singer of WME

ENGAGED — Sheel Mohnot, general partner at Better Tomorrow Ventures, recently proposed to Amruta Godbole, lead product counsel at Instagram. The couple met via a mutual friend who was a former coworker of both of them. The couple got engaged in Mexico where the two went on a trip for his brother’s birthday. Pics

WEEKEND WEDDING — Jeanna Smialek, Fed reporter for The New York Times, on Saturday married economist Peter Newland in Surrey, England. Pic

“’Slap in the face’: Indigenous Long Islanders say they are being priced out of their ancestral beach,” by Gothamist’s Jake Offenhartz: “Beneath the din of Southampton’s white-tent parties and commuter helicopters, a battle for beach access is heating up in one of the East End’s most exclusive enclaves. Citizens of the Shinnecock Indian Nation say they are being denied their rightful access to Coopers Beach, accusing the local government of gatekeeping a pristine shoreline that the coastal tribe has navigated for thousands of years. For the homeowners and renters of Southampton Village, parking at the beach is free. But the Shinnecock’s 1,600 citizens — roughly half of whom live roughly a mile inland, just beyond the village’s borders — must pay for the privilege to drive to the beach. A nonresident parking pass runs $50 for the day or $500 for the season.”




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