Elections matter, so vote on June 25
Jun 18, 2019 | 5232 views | 0 0 comments | 629 629 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last September, a slate of insurgent candidates vowed to pass progressive reforms should they defeat the incumbent members of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC).

Jessica Ramos won over Jose Peralta, John Liu topped Tony Avella, and Zellnor Myrie defeated Jesse Hamilton. A wave of other left-leaning candidates, like Julia Salazar, replaced more moderate incumbents.

Though their goals seemed lofty at the moment, now that we’re at the end of the legislative session in Albany, we can safely say they were properly ambitious.

In the last few weeks, the state government has passed sweeping rent regulation measures, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants, New York’s version of the Green New Deal, and even the legalization of electric bikes and scooters.

Legislative leaders are still debating a host of other bills, including legalizing marijuana.

Some significant policies have already been enacted through the state budget, including congestion pricing, bail reform and a mansion tax.

With a Democratic legislature and governor, progressive policies won big this year. Electoral victories, which pushed out the IDC and marginalized Republicans, made sure that happened.

Elections, even at the most local levels, matter.

Which brings us to June 25. Next Tuesday, Queens voters will decide on a new district attorney for the first time in over three decades, after the death of longtime DA Richard Brown.

Seven candidates –– Tiffany Caban, Melinda Katz, Rory Lancman, Greg Lasak, Betty Lugo, Mina Malik and Jose Nieves –– will be on the ballot.

While June 25 is only the primary, Queens is an overwhelmingly Democratic borough. It’s likely that whoever wins this contest will go on to serve as the county’s next district attorney.

So no matter who you support in this race, make sure you cast your vote on June 25.
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