Tribeca Burger | The final round-up before the race for NY-10
August 22, 2022
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PIX 11 hosted the second and final debate; it is an hour long and below. Only the candidates who polled above 5 percent in a recent survey by Emerson College, PIX11 and The Hill were invited: Dan Goldman, Mondaire Jones, Yuh-Line Niou, Carlina Rivera and Jo Anne Simon.
I found most of the responses predictable (nobody says hate crime isn’t a problem, for example) and comparable from candidate to candidate, but listen for yourself if you have a pet problem: Topics covered included immigration, migrants leaving The governor’s response of Texas and Texas, Greg Abbott, and the role of the federal government (12:30), response to monkeypox and vaccines (7:45 p.m.), hate crimes (which are up 125 percent in NYC) (28:45), guns and security (36:00), federal takeover and subsequent closure of Rikers (they all said yes) (42:00).
The candidates got most animated with the question of whether there should be another federal stimulus check, which extended to real estate interests intervening in the race, inflation and accusations of not interacting with voters. (I never understand why they say “a candidate on this podium” and not the candidate’s name.)
Goldman has been targeted by Jones and others several times, for the endorsement of Donald Trump (see below), for his equity investments in arms companies, and for self-funding his campaign. (Goldman said he called his broker and told her to divest in stocks that don’t match his values.)
A curious point I hadn’t realized: Goldman noted that he’s the only person on the scene raising kids, raising them in the district (they all go to private school); three of the candidates have no children and Simon has two adult stepsons.
The moderators also asked each candidate to defend themselves on controversial issues raised in the race:
NIOU on ISRA .L Niou was challenged for supporting BDS, the Palestinian organization. She said she absolutely believes that Israel should exist, but that she believes that BDS should be given the right to free speech and that she supports human rights for Palestinians.
RIVERA at the SCHOOL BUDGET Rivera defended her decision to vote for a city budget that cut $200 million in funding city schools. “We are working to rectify those cuts.” She said that when you vote on a budget, there is give and take. And she noted that she is a product of local schools.
JONES on CARPET BAGGING Jones said his understanding of this district rivals anyone on the podium, despite the fact that he’s never lived here, and that as a congressman, he’s already done much of the work that other candidates only talk about.
SIMON on Bail REFORM Simon suggested that the criticism of bail reform is a product of bad actors who have invested in making people afraid. “Bail reform is about returning to court, not punishing people. All they complain about are crimes eligible for bail. I will always focus on the facts – not on that rhetoric.”
GOLDMAN on abortion rights Goldman has been accused of not fully supporting abortion rights in all situations, answering: “I have been consistently clear about a woman’s right to choose, and that should only be between a woman and her doctor and the government should have no part in that.” to play.”
In other coverage:
THE AUTHORIZATIONS UNTIL DATE City & State runs the full list of endorsements for each candidate,
DARK MONEY ENTERS THE RACE City & State reports that a dark money super PAC, which they believe is backed by real estate interests, is sending out flyers to discredit Yuh-Line Niou: “A dark money super PAC that has not disclosed its donors is also playing in the race, spending $225,000 on mailers and digital ads that targeted Niou directly on her record, and even her personal finances.
LEAVING THE IDENTITY POLICY New York Magazine criticizes Goldman’s endorsement by the Times: “He supports Mayor Eric Adams’ crusade to further water down the bail reforms passed in Albany three years ago. He is also a proud ally of the real estate industry and Wall Street, where he collects donations. And Goldman is, figuratively and literally, an MSNBC liberal: He built a big social media presence after making regular appearances on cable TV.”
DONALD TRUMP .’S CHOICE Finally, if you can find any humor in this situation, here’s Donald Trump’s ironic (maybe?) endorsement of Dan Goldman, of course from Truth Social. Al Jazeera and The Hill have an analysis of that.