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Reading the tweet leaves: Hoylman drops out of District 10 race; Niou, Rivera and Jones are running

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | You really need a scorecard to keep up with this one.

On Saturday morning, Brad Hoylman dropped out of the running for the August Democratic primary for the new 10th Congressional District. In a tweet around 10 a.m., he announced that after giving it much thought, he’s decided to run for reelection to the state Senate.

Meanwhile, just an hour after Hoylman backed out, Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou announced, at a prescheduled rally in Chinatown’s Columbus Park, that she’s running for the new District 10, which includes all of Manhattan south of 14th Street.

“In this fight, it is not enough to elect more Democrats if they are not willing to cause good trouble,” Niou declared. “I am running to hold accountable the people who rigged our economy, trashed our climate, profiteered during a pandemic, and cheered on the rise of white supremacist violence, like what we saw in Buffalo. We will not do that with the same go-along, get-along approach advocated by the same go-along, get-along politicians. Our loved ones, our neighbors and our families deserve better than that. You deserve better than that.”

Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou said, if elected as the District 10 congressmember, she would not be another “go-along, get-along politician.”

Niou, the first Asian American to represent Chinatown and the 65th Assembly District in the state Legislature, was elected in 2016 to fill fallen Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s seat.

About an hour later in the East Village, Councilmember Carlina Rivera was at a street co-naming ceremony for Avenues for Justice, an alternatives-to-incarceration program, at Sixth Street and Avenue B. The Village Sun asked her if she plans to toss her hat into the ring for the 10th District, and she said she was still giving it thought.

In a tweet the day before, Rivera said she was awaiting “final data” — perhaps referring to polling or other research on the new District 10 or waiting to see who else is running — before deciding whether to take the plunge.

However, later Saturday afternoon the New York Post tweeted “ICYMI” (in case you missed it) that Rivera had filed paperwork to run for District 10.

It’s not required for congressional candidates to live in the district for which they are running or even after they are elected. As a result, Mondaire Jones, who currently represents the 17th Congressional District, covering Westchester and part of the Hudson Valley, has decided to run for the 10th District. The new lines for his District 17 had set up a battle between Jones and either of two other Democratic congressmembers, Sean Patrick Maloney or Jamal Bowman. Jones instead has opted to run for the city district.

Village District Leader Arthur Schwartz, who is a former campaign counsel for Jones, was excited at his entry into the race, even claiming that it was what made Hoylman, another openly gay politician, reconsider.

The special master’s new maps have created Manhattan congressional districts that span from the Hudson River to the East River, with one solid district each above and below 14th Street.

“I know Mondaire well — he has been my client,” Schwartz said, “and we would be blessed to have him as our congressman. Brad Hoylman immediately stepped back.

“He is a sitting congressman with a very good record,” Schwartz said of Jones. “Close to The Squad. And he has fundraised $3 million.”

Congressmember Nydia Velazquez, whose name was also in the mix for the 10th District, had the strong backing of former Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who early Saturday morning went as far as to encourage other contenders to “stand down” to clear the field for her.

However, around 1 p.m., Mark-Viverito tweeted that Velazquez had instead decided to run for reelection in Brooklyn’s 7th District. Under the new redistricting, Velazquez lost part of the Lower East Side that used be in her district.

Councilmember Gale Brewer, who represents the Upper West Side, was also at the Avenues for Justice street co-naming ceremony on Avenue B. Later on she was watching the Dance Parade festival on the main stage in Tompkins Square Park. She must not have been obssessively glued to Twitter like the rest of the political class on this beautiful Saturday, because her info wasn’t quite up to date. She apparently didn’t know Hoylman had just dropped out.

Councilmember Gale Brewer, in Tompkins Square Park watching the Dance Parade festival on Sat., May 21, did not mention Bill de Blasio when asked who she would endorse for District 10. (Photo by The Village Sun)

“For me that’s a hard one — the Hoylman versus Scott,” she said of deciding whom to endorse in the District 10 primary.

Scott Stringer, the former city comptroller, hasn’t posted anything about the primary on Twitter. His last post was Friday, a retweet of his wife’s tweet about their son Miles’s ninth birthday. Stringer’s name is also being floated for the 10th District.

Brewer said she had also heard that David Yassky, a former Brooklyn city councilmember, was interested in running. So far, though, Yassky’s only Twitter commentary on the new District 10 has been to retweet a City and State article that claimed de Blasio lacks support among the Orthodox Jewish voters in Borough Park, despite being backed by their leadership. Yassky also posted a humorous video protesting that the redistricting had put Brooklyn’s two best bakeries in different districts.

Assemblymember Harvey Epstein was greeting constituents at the Avenues for Justice event. Asked if he was running for District 10, he quipped, “Who’s not running? … I’m not running.”


  1. JackDog JackDog May 22, 2022

    Will all the dead trees and evacuee animals be voting for ambitious Rivera? Should be fun to watch her and Dollar Bill de Blasio, former partners in ERPark boondoggle, have
    at one another.

    • JS JS May 22, 2022

      Rivera has been a terrible detriment to her district. She made campaign promises she didn’t keep and basically lied her way into the job as councilmember. The total destruction of the East River Park and supporting the disastrous rezoning of SoHo/NoHo are only a couple of examples of the damage she has done as a city councilmember.

  2. Anonymous Anonymous May 22, 2022

    Carlina Rivera is the worst! She supports charging all legal owners/residents of SoHo/NoHo $100.00 a sq ft when they sell their apartments.
    No movement off that outrageous arbitrary amount.
    No breaks for seniors, no breaks for artists. How does the fact that we purchased our lofts legally differ from the neighborhood she lives in now? Or any other neighborhood in NYC?
    We are being forced to hand the City money that is ours…so that the City can, support artistic culture…bla bla bla or some kind of BS… WE ARE THE VERY PEOPLE THE CITY SHOULD BE GIVING TAX BREAKS and helping us to maintain the neighborhood’s vaulted public sidewalks and preserve our majestic buildings.
    She has it all wrong. She continues to gather support to hurt the SoHo/NoHo residents. Meanwhile, when she was married and wealthy, she was living in an “affordable” housing apartment on the Lower East Side.
    Such a hypocrite!

    • LES3025 LES3025 May 22, 2022

      You seem to misunderstand the conversion fee. No one who legally occupies an apartment would have to pay it, either now or when it’s sold. If a JLWQA apartment were sold to a new owner-occupier who would not be able to legally inhabit it, they would pay the conversion fee to convert it to residential zoning.

  3. redbike redbike May 22, 2022

    Thanks for the continued coverage.

    I find the publicly available maps from the Special Master to be barely useful and what’s currently on NY State’s website is worse.

    Jonathon Campbell has prepared maps for both NY Congressional districts

    and NY Senate districts

    These links select / highlight the new 10th Congressional district and the new 27th NY Senate district because they more or less overlay the neighborhoods covered by the Village Sun, but users can easily view other districts by messing around with the panel to the left of the maps. Particularly on NY Senate districts map, there appear to be some confusing boundaries. Until official maps are easily available to the public, some boundaries remain squishy (as does the list of candidates).

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