Primary Endorsements
August 28th, 2008

As the other blogs are reporting, Citizens Union (whose sister organization Citizens Union Foundation publishes Gotham Gazette) has issued its endorsements for the Sept 9. primary. The good government group came out for Kevin Parker (Brooklyn’s 21st Senate District), Inez Barron (Brooklyn’s 40th Assembly District); Pedro Espada (the Bronx’s 33rd Senate District), Adriano Espaillat (Manhattan’s 72nd Assembly District) and Toby Stavisky (Queens’ 16th Senate District).

Perhaps as if not more interesting are the elections the group did not take sides on. Most notably, it did not endorse either Speaker Sheldon Silver or either of his two rivals, Luke Henry and Paul Newell, in the race for the 64th Assembly District. It praised Silver for being ” a strong and directed leader of the
New York State Assembly [who] has been attentive and responsible in representing not only the interests of his district, but also of the entire city.” But it added, “much remains undone in the area of state government and political reform and the Speaker is responsible in part for that record.”

As to his leading opponent, Newell, it called him ” a strong and appealing first-time candidate, with knowledge and specific ideas,” but felt “he has not generated the support within his district to wage the kind of successful campaign that is necessary.”

The group also took no position on any of the Bronx State Assembly races, on a number of contests where incumbents are facing what is thought to be token opposition, and the election in the 22nd Assembly District in Flushing where Ellen Young and Grace Meng are on the ballot. Citizens Union is still mulling the race between Martin Connor and Daniel Squadron in the 25th Senate District in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the 55th Assembly District contest in Brownsville between William Boyland Jr., Leonard Hatter and Royston Antoine, and the Manhattan’s Surrogate’s Court.

For a rundown on all the contested races and more primary information, check out Gotham Gazette’s Guide for the Last Minute Voter on Tuesday.

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  1. The Race: Citizens Union’s Non-Endorsement « All the News That’s Fit Says:
    August 30th, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    […] Jump to Comments The non-profit Citizens Union, which publishes the Gotham Gazette, decided not to make an endorsement in the 64th AD. Citizens Union is dedicated to good government, so you think they would be more […]

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