Incumbents win New York State Senate races
In central Brooklyn, progressive Sen. Jabari Brisport retained his seat in a race against the Reverend Conrad Tillard, an activist and radio host, who has made controversial statements about same-sex couples and Jews and has been backed by Mayor Eric Adams. Brisport was supported by the Democratic Socialists of America and the far-left Working Families Party.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the results of four competitive Democratic primary races in New York.
Senator Kevin Parker vs. David Alexis vs. Kaegan Mays-Williams
Parker emerged victorious and will continue to serve a Senate district that encompasses Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington and other central Brooklyn neighborhoods. Parker has served in several of these districts since 2002 and is a known quantity of voters.
With 93% of the vote counted, Parker won his primary victory Tuesday night with 48% of the vote, according to data from the city board of elections.
Parker is chairman of the Energy and Telecommunications Committee. It passed critical legislation this year that has impacted New York’s growing green energy sector, utility companies, and cryptocurrency companies.
Senator Jabari Brisport vs Reverend Conrad Tillard vs Renee Holmes
Brisport won a race against Reverend Tillard, an inexperienced political candidate who was backed by Mayor Adams’ Brooklyn Democratic Party machine.
With 89% of the vote counted, Brisport won its primary victory on Tuesday with 69% of the vote, according to data from the city’s Board of Elections.
Brisport ran on a pro-immigration, pro-worker and anti-incarceration platform. He regularly reminded voters that he co-sponsored the $2.1 billion fund for excluded workers, which provided employment benefits to undocumented immigrants, and reiterated his calls for an end to solitary confinement. long-term and create a universal child care system across the state.
He was backed by several popular progressive figures, including Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, City Comptroller Brad Lander and Bronx Rep. Jamaal Bowman.
Senator Andrew Gounardes versus David Yassky
Gounardes won his primary to represent voters in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. The new district he is seeking to win in the November general election will include neighborhoods in West Brooklyn, spanning from DUMBO to Fort Hamilton. On Tuesday, he beat David Yassky, a former city councilman who also served in the administrations of former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Governor Andrew Cuomo.
With 94% of the vote counted, Gounardes won his primary victory on Tuesday with 66% of the vote, according to data from the city’s Board of Elections.
Gounardes, chairman of the budget and revenue committee, has been in his seat since 2019. As head of the budget and revenue committee, Gounardes made a name for himself by passing legislation that affected the laws of on health care, worker protection and traffic laws. .
Senator Gustavo Rivera against Miguelina Camilo
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was the likely win for Rivera, an 11-year-old starter who found himself pulled from his traditional Bronx neighborhoods of Kingsbridge Heights, East Tremont and Crotona Park and added to the new lines of the District 33 which included Riverdale, Norwood and Belmont.
Rivera is expected to defeat Camillo, president of the Bronx Women’s Bar Association and former president of the Dominican Bar Association, who was backed by Bronx Reps. Ritchie Torres and Adriano Espaillat and state senator Jamaal T. Bailey, president. of the Bronx Democratic Party.
Rivera’s likely victory will be a boon for the progressives. He was a strong supporter of single-payer health care and used his position as health committee chairman to introduce bills in Albany that brought New York closer to a universal health care system.