President of 32BJ Dies + Solitary Confinement Updates

Local News

  • Hector Figueroa, the president of 32BJ SEIU, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Thursday.
  • A report published by New York Communities for Change highlighted how Citibike has systematically ignored low-income neighborhoods in its rollout since 2013.
  • Landlords can’t actually let their buildings fall into disrepair, as many have threatened to do as a result of the stronger rent laws that were passed in June.
  • NY1 covered the growing alliance between NYCDSA and the Working Families Party that is reshaping New York City electoral politics.
  • Gov. Cuomo, in response to a question suggesting that he had “backed the wrong horse” in the Queens DA race, asserted “I am the Left.”

Elections

  • The full recount of votes cast in the Queens District Attorney race officially starts today. Over 150 attorneys are signed up to provide pro bono......
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Katz Takes Narrow Lead in Queens DA Election, Race Heads To Recount

Local News

  • After the counting of paper ballots in the Queens DA race, Melinda Katz took a 20-vote lead (later reduced to 16) over Tiffany Cabán. The slim margin triggers an automatic manual recount, to start this week. Such a closely watched race is shedding light on New York’s unusually restrictive voting laws and the difficulties that voters in the state face. (More details below.)
  • Three city cyclists were killed were killed in less than a week, bringing the annual total to 15 and prompting Mayor De Blasio to renew his commitment to the “action plan” announced by the Department of Transit in 2017.
  • More than 200,000 low-level marijuana convictions were thrown out thanks to a law passed in Albany last month, but the New York Drug Policy Alliance suggested that the number should be closer to 900,000.
  • Climate activists are divided......
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Katz Takes Narrow Lead in Queens DA Election, Race Heads To Recount

Local News

  • After the counting of paper ballots in the Queens DA race, Melinda Katz took a 20-vote lead (later reduced to 16) over Tiffany Cabán. The slim margin triggers an automatic manual recount, to start this week. Such a closely watched race is shedding light on New York’s unusually restrictive voting laws and the difficulties that voters in the state face. (More details below.)
  • Three city cyclists were killed were killed in less than a week, bringing the annual total to 15 and prompting Mayor De Blasio to renew his commitment to the “action plan” announced by the Department of Transit in 2017.
  • More than 200,000 low-level marijuana convictions were thrown out thanks to a law passed in Albany last month, but the New York Drug Policy Alliance suggested that the number should be closer to 900,000.
  • Climate activists are divided......
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Tiffany Cabán Declares Victory in Queens DA Primary, Katz Pushes for Recount

Elections

  • Tiffany Cabán declared victory after the polls closed last Tuesday, thanking the Democratic Socialists of America and the Working Families Party for being the “engine behind [her] campaign.”
  • Politico tied Cabán’s likely win to the “AOC effect” and highlighted the blow to the Queens machine.
  • With thousands of absentee and affidavit ballots yet to be counted until the end of this week, Cabán’s 1,090 vote lead (1.27%) may shift. If the margin is below 0.5%, a recount will be called, which the Queens Democratic Party, still supporting Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, is hoping will occur.
  • Gotham Gazette reviewed 20 of Cabán’s key policy positions.
  • Daniel Kogan, the Republican currently nominated to contest the Queens DA race this fall, has announced that he would be willing to step aside to allow conservative Democratic Gregory Lasak, who placed third in last week’s primary,......
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NY Times, Sanders and Warren Endorse Cabán + Meet the Judicial Candidates

Tiffany Cabán’s DSA-endorsed campaign for Queens DA needs your help to get past the finish line! Sign up for a GOTV shift today or tomorrow (Election Day) here: bit.ly/cabangotv

Elections

  • The New York Times weighed in on the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney in favor of Tiffany Cabán. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren also endorsed Tiffany Cabán, and now have said that they are both open to decriminalizing sex work even though they each voted for SESTA/FOSTA in 2018. Rep. Gregory Meeks, Joe Crowley’s successor as Queens Democratic Party Chair and a Melinda Katz surrogate, is unhappy.
  • Council Member Rory Lancman, who initially entered the Queens DA race positioning himself as the most progressive candidate before Cabán entered, has dropped out of the race and endorsed Melinda Katz. A Lancman staffer resigned in protest of the Katz endorsement.
  • Jamaal Bowman,......
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