New York: Vote Today, Vote Nixon!

If you are in line at 9 p.m., you cannot be turned away. Cuomo, the son of a popular former governor, Mario Cuomo, has been in power for eight years. Marcus Molinaro, a Republican, will face off against the winner of the Democratic primary for governor. She’s also an expert in corruption, and between Trump and Cuomo, that expertise will be critical in the years ahead. Most pundits agree Cuomo used the IDC to direct the agenda in Albany, and these suspicions seemed confirmed when Cuomo announced the IDC would disband. She’s been running on a platform of fixing New York City’s subway. Voters in a few select districts can unseat these “democrats” who voted with Republican state senators. By Ian MacAllen
September 13th, 2018

Today New Yorkers go to the polls. The progressive candidate is Zephyr Teachout, who challenged Cuomo for the governorship in 2014 and has earned the endorsement of the Times. Find your polling location here. Below, we break down the different elections and look at the candidates running for office. Jumaane Williams, a New York City councilman, is on Team Nixon, but has had some odd things to say about express buses. She has backed legalizing marijuana, but on the other hand,   she’s supported by Cuomo. She supports legalizing marijuana, and has recognized that people of color are disproportionately harmed by current statues. Take for instance, Cuomo’s “free” college plan that rejects most applicants, or the increase in minimum wage to $15 an hour that left behind upstate workers. The primary will decide the candidates for the general election to be held in November. More from this author → Even before she launched her campaign to unseat Cuomo, Cynthia Nixon was painted as a novice unprepared for the office. Two women lead this year’s contenders. Vote for better healthcare. Vote today. Cuomo aides also approved an eleventh hour mailer, paid for by the state Democratic party, attacking Nixon as anti-semitic, even though Nixon has Jewish children and is a member of a synagogue. If you are in New York, vote today between 6 a.m. This year, the Democratic primary is heavily favored as the election that will determine the outcome of the races for governor, lieutenant governor, state senate, state assembly, and attorney general—largely because the Democratic nominees are expected to win in November. ***
Governor:
Two-term incumbent Andrew Cuomo faces off against Cynthia Nixon, a progressive candidate running on a progress platform of fixing the New York City subway and single-payer healthcare. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)

Ian MacAllen is the Rumpus Deputy Editor and founder of English Kills Review an online literary magazine focused on books, authors, and New York City. She’s also pushing a not quite fully realized rent regulation for all, but this is a better step than Cuomo, who punted when he failed to kill “preferential rent,” a loophole allowing landlords to circumvent rent stabilization laws. Nixon built a career as an actress,   but she has been an activist on education and LGBTQ issues for more than a decade. Eric Schneiderman resigned in May amid assault claims by four women. Vote to protect reproductive rights. More recently, a former Cuomo aide was convicted of three corruption charges. Most importantly, a Nixon victory will kill Cuomo’s chances of running for president in 2020. He’s widely regarded as having underfunded the subway system, including directing some $5 million to help upstate ski resorts. His congressional district might flip to the Republicans if he steps aside to run for attorney general. New York hasn’t had much luck with our attorney general—you might recall Eliot Spitzer resigned the position because of a prostitution scandal, while Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton. Nixon was late to her first campaign because of a subway delay   in what might be seen as a stunt if subway delays hadn’t become so common they are now simply accepted as a cost of doing business. More importantly, she’s leading with a progressive message: tax rich people to pay for services. and 9 p.m. Lieutenant Governor:
The lieutenant governor plays a minor role in New York State politics, but should Andrew Cuomo run president in 2020, as he is largely expected to do, the lieutenant governor would succeed him. He claims progressive victories, but many of these are merely gimmicks. Vote for better access to higher education. Find your polling location here. North Brooklyn voters also have the opportunity to unseat Senator Dilan, who has ties to the real estate lobby. (but note that for some update locations polling begins later in the day). Nixon is the governor New York needs. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. State Senate
Control of the New York Senate is also up for grabs. Attorney General
Also at stake today is the position of attorney general. Vote Nixon. Vote for a livable minimum wage. The best choice for lieutenant governor is voting for a governor who doesn’t intend to abandon the state at the first chance to run for president. Sean Maloney, a congressman from New York’s 18th district, the Hudson Valley, is also running. He holds a Master’s Degree in English from Rutgers University and lives in Brooklyn. His challenger, Julia Salazar, has been compared to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the unexpected progressive winner in the federal primary against centrist Congressman Joseph Crowley. The subway system is the lifeblood of the city and in recent years, owing largely to Cuomo’s neglect, the system has been failing New Yorkers
While many voters might support Nixon on this issue alone, she’s also leading a wider progressive agenda: Nixon is in favor of single-payer healthcare, a key issue for many New Yorkers, especially as Republicans dismantle Obamacare on the national stage. Public advocate Tish James has the endorsement of Andrew Cuomo, and she’ll likely to do a fine job. None of this is surprising from a man who created an ethics commission to launch investigations into his political enemies, and then disbanded it when it started investigating him. Cuomo’s pick, former Congresswoman Kathy Hochul, is an upstate politician who has criss-crossed New York as Cuomo’s surrogate.   Republicans, Reform Party, and other minor parties have primary races, too—although under New York state law, uncontested primaries do not have elections. Vote Salazar. Vote Teachout. His writing has appeared in Little Fiction, Vol 1 Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, Chicago Review of Books, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. Salazar has some unanswered questions about her past, but identifies as a socialist supporting leftist policies that other “insurgent” Democrats have won on. The Democratic party has maintained a slim majority, but a caucus known as the Independent Democratic Conference has been voting with Republicans. Cuomo also   prematurely opened the new Tappan Zee Bridge, coincidentally named after his father, last weekend just before the primary election and has since been accused of pressuring contractors to hasten the opening of the new bridge. New York: Vote Today, Vote Nixon! Vote for candidates who will fight to make New York State the place you want to live.