It’s Election Day in New York City. Polls are open until 9 p.m., so you have plenty of time to get out there are participate in the democratic process. Only 11% of registered voters participated in the Democratic Primary. We can do better than that! Click here to find your polling station.
Here’s a summary on who/what’s on the ballot on the Lower East Side.
–Two-term City Council member Margaret Chin faces three challengers in District 1, including Christopher Marte (Independence Party), Bryan Jung (Republican) and Aaron Foldenauer (Liberal Party). Marte nearly defeated Chin in the Democratic Primary.
–Carlina Rivera is an overwhelming favorite to succeed her former boss, Council member Rosie Mendez, in District 2. Other candidates include Jasmin Sanchez (Liberal Party), Jimmy McMillan (Republican/Rent is Too Damn High), Donald Garrity (Libertarian) and Manny Cavaco (Green Party).
–Brian Kavanagh is virtually assured of victory in a special election to replace Daniel Squadron in the 26th State Senate District. Squadron resigned in the middle of his term. Kavanagh is currently a state assemblyman. The undemocratic process of choosing a Democratic nominee was a controversial issue early in the fall. His Republican opponent is Analicia Alexander. The Lower Manhattan/Brooklyn district is heavily Democratic.
–Proposal #2, which would allow judges to revoke state pensions from lawmakers convicted of certain crimes, is also on today’s ballot. The proposal was inspired, in part, by the conviction of former State Assemblyman Sheldon Silver. He was able to keep his pension.
We’ll have results tonight after the polls close.