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Greater Riverdale will fall under a new district in the upcoming midterm elections based on a draft of a new state congressional district map that was published Monday. And state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, who had been running for congressional district 3, can still run for that seat even though her home is now in district 16. more
Several community organizations traveled to the Steuben County Courthouse in Bath last Friday to give their opinions on how the new Congressional and state senate districts maps should be redrawn. more
While most eyes are likely focused on what’s happening with state senate and congressional lines following last week’s appeals court ruling, another issue involving a Bronx congressional seat has popped up in a race a little closer to home. more
Democrats looking to succeed Alessandra Biaggi for her state senate seat have no plans to give up campaigning, although there is a chance the very district they’re running for may change before the newly moved Aug. 23 primary. more
Greater Riverdale’s elected city officials agree New York City mayor Eric Adams’ nearly $100 billion fiscal 2023 executive budget proposal addresses the area’s and city’s greatest needs: affordable child care and improved schools, homelessness, subway safety and park upgrades. more
James Gisondi caught a break. If it weren’t for last week’s high-court ruling that tossed out the new redistricting maps, the Bronx attorney would not have been on the original June 28 ballot in the Democratic primary to the state senate. That’s because the Bronx lawyer submitted the signatures he needed to get on the ballot to the wrong board of elections office. more
U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman introduced legislation earlier this month aimed at making the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share in taxes. Known as the Babies Over Billionaires Act, the bill would tax the unrealized capital gains of taxpayers with over $100 million in assets, and then funnel that money into federal education and health programs. more
State lawmakers in 2019 passed landmark legislation limiting a judge’s ability to impose bail in most misdemeanor and low-level, nonviolent felony cases — a major win for criminal justice advocates who argued the bail system that had been in place unfairly punished the poor. more
U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman and state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi on April 21 both backed Ana María Archila for lieutenant governor. Their endorsements come after Gov. Kathy Hochul’s running mate, Brian Benjamin, resigned from that position two weeks ago after he was indicted on corruption charges. more
It’s a jam-packed campaign season. While the state senate and Assembly primaries suck up most of the political oxygen, there are several other low-level races some observers say are worth watching — particularly the Democratic elections for district leader and state committee member. more
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