The second round of picking candidates for the general election wraps up on August 23rd, but early voting starts on August 13th. This time around, we pick state senators and congressional representatives. And the voting site for all Roosevelt Islanders is PS/IS 217 at 645 Main Street.
by David Stone
Starting on August 13th, early voting hours can be found here.
Here’s a quick look at who’s up for a vote.
Early Voting: New York State Senate
Liz Krueger is running as an incumbent in the 28th District which, after redistricting, includes Roosevelt Island along with adjoining neighborhoods in Manhattan. She is unchallenged on both the Democratic and Working Families Party lines.
The Republican Awadhesh Gupta is also running as an independent.
Since there is no competition for either party, we’ll skip the candidate details until the general.
Early Voting: New York 12th Congressional District
For Republicans, the choice is simple. Mike Zumbluskas is running unopposed here and also on the Conservative Party line.
For Democrats, it’s complicated with hard choices. Redistricting ordered by an Upstate judge after Democrats failed at creating an acceptable map forced two seasoned incumbents to run against each other. The fight between Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler is further complicated by a strong challenge from the progressive side with Suraj Patel.
About Jerry Nadler
First elected in 1992, Nadler has been a solid vote for progressive causes while also working pragmatically to get things done. Some notable accomplishments include the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and co-sponsoring legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. Nadler has a record of being fiscally responsible, voting against the Iraq War and the Bush tax cuts.
About Carolyn Maloney
Elected in 1992 to fill the seat vacated by Geraldine Ferraro, Maloney is the Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee and a member of the Joint Economic Committee. She is a tireless fighter for women’s issues, passing laws to combat violence against women, ensuring equal pay for women, and guaranteeing paid family leave. Maloney is a strong advocate for senior citizens, working to expand Social Security and Medicare. She also played a leading role in passing the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
About Suraj Patel
A native New Yorker and son of immigrants, Patel is a first-time candidate running on a progressive platform. He has worked for the Obama Administration. Patel is a graduate of NYU Law School where he founded the South Asian Law Students Association. He has also taught at NYU’s Stern School of Business.
Patel is running on a platform of Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and tuition-free public college. He supports a wealth tax on the top 1% and abolishing ICE. Patel has been endorsed by Andrew Yang.
May the best candidates win.
Early voting for the primary is from August 13th to 23rd. The general election is on November 6th.