Does the Bronx matter?
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By Adam Wisnieski
Mr. Espaillat is so focused on the borough that he has hired the Mirram Group as a consultant. The group is run by Robert Ramirez, the former leader of the Bronx Democratic Party and founder/publisher of the Bronx Free Press and Manhattan Times (which covers Inwood — also in the district — and has been giving Mr. Espaillat some over-the-top positive coverage lately).
The Bronx Delegation and many of its members back the incumbent Mr. Rangel. The Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, Mr. Ferrer, along with former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, state Sen. Gustavo Rivera and Councilman Oliver Koppell are the high-profile Bronxites who have endorsed Mr. Espailat.
As the only Latino in the race, the Bronx’s heavy Latino-population may help him as well.
“The Bronx is going to carry me over,” Mr. Espaillat said on June 13.
Other candidates seem to be banking more heavily on Manhattan and even having trouble wrapping their heads around the Bronx portions of the redrawn district.
Mr. Williams’ campaign slogan, “Moving Uptown Forward,” includes a tagline with each of the neighborhoods he hopes to represent. Except those that fall on the mainland. When asked about the omission of the Bronx on his website by Gary Axelbank during a Norwood News and Riverdale Press sponsored BronxNet debate on June 11, Mr. Williams apologized for the oversight and said the website was launched before the lines were redrawn.
On NY1’s debate on June 14, host Errol Lewis asked each candidate what major issue in the Bronx they planned to attack if elected — a question that seemed to stump most of the crowd.
Mr. Williams said he wanted to increase employment opportunities throughout the district and bring hotels to Harlem.
“You look at the fact that in New York City $8 billion comes in because of tourism and so we need to figure out how to expand those opportunities Uptown,” Mr. Williams said.
Mr. Lewis reminded him it was a Bronx question.
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