The congressional primary is still two months away but that’s not stopping City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera (D-Lower East Side) from unveiling Friday’s key endorsements from Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.) and Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso in the crowded NY-10 battle.
Rivera, 38, a progressive rising star, also won the nod of Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso and Councilmember Lincoln Restler, who represents Brooklyn Heights and much of downtown Brooklyn.
She is taking on other Democrats including ex-Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Mondaire Jones, Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, ex-Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman and several others in the fight for the newly drawn open district that spans lower Manhattan and a chunk of Brooklyn.
Rivera, 38, has been on the council since 2017. She championed the rezoning of SoHo and NoHo last year, a move that affordable housing advocates say should ease the housing crisis in the city.
Velazquez’s endorsement in the Aug. 28 primary is both a huge boost to Rivera and a snub of Jones, who is her colleague in the House of Representatives.
Jone decided to run in the new district after his home in Westchester County was drawn into the district of fellow progressive Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.)
Most of his previous district is included in the new NY-17, but powerful Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) decided to run there.
There have been no polls of the NY-10 contest, which has attracted more than a dozen candidates in all.
De Blasio, who enjoys the edge in name recognition. The new district covers much of the former mayor’s home base in Park Slope.
The district has significant Latino populations on Rivera’s base on the lower East Side and Red Hook, where Velazquez’s endorsement should carry significant weight.
The congressional game of musical chairs was sparked by the decision of the state’s highest court to reject a redistricting plan created by Democrats as an unconstitutional gerrymander.
A special master rejiggered districts from Montauk to Buffalo, giving Republicans a better chance of winning several seats and tossing several Democratic incumbents into the same districts.