BY THE VILLAGE SUN | It was close — but no cigar.
Harvey Epstein’s bid Thursday evening to become chairperson of the Manhattan Democratic County Committee fell just short. Out of hundreds of votes cast, the East Side assemblymember lost to incumbent Domenico “Nico” Minerva by less than 10 votes. A third candidate, Theo Chino, got only a handful of votes — not enough to affect the outcome.
There was some controversy since the original vote count — which was ultimately amended — was very different, though still had Minerva winning. In addition, the County Committee members from the 72nd Assembly District, which includes Washington Heights, in the end, had to take a voice vote. Northern Manhattan is represented by Congressmember Adriano Espaillat, who insiders say would like to “have a check” on longtime County Leader Keith Wright.
Our county committee members and District Leaders are listening to the candidates for Chairperson of the Manhattan Democratic County Committee @ManhattanDems. The three nominees are Nico Minerva who is the incumbent & has served for over a decade, Theo Chino and Harvey Epstein. pic.twitter.com/dGEu8PGM8H
— United Democratic Organization (@udonyc) October 6, 2023
Epstein, a committed progressive, ran a campaign calling for more party transparency and arguing a shakeup is needed after Republicans flipped four New York State congressional seats in the midterms, giving the G.O.P. control of the House in D.C.