New York City is a Democratic town, but devotion to the donkeys—or to the two-party system—is far from uniform.
In many Council primaries, candidates are fighting over a small number of votes. That’s not the case in district 6, the scene of a competitive primary this year.
Inez Barron and her husband switched seats in the city and state legislatures ahead of the de Blasio administration’s push to engineer its first neighborhood-wide rezoning in East New York.
One of 2017’s most interesting Council contests was triggered when a powerful incumbent decided to step down, setting the stage for a race featuring a pol who gave up office after a felony conviction.
Only two New City Council districts cross borough lines, and only the 8th district spanning Manhattan and the Bronx actually crosses a river—in this case, the Harlem River—to do so. But it’s the current politics, not the water features, that make it an interesting place.
The Council district that covers the southern tip of Staten Island is a bastion of homeownership and GOP registration.