While there's been no shortage of talk about the candidates running in the 33rd State Senate District--the seat currently occupied by Pedro Espada, Jr.--we thought we'd provide a rundown of who's competing in myriad other local races.
The state's primary will be held on Sept. 14, while the general election will be Nov. 2. Not registered to vote yet? You have until Aug. 20 to register to vote in the primary, and until Oct. 8 for the general election. Visit this site or call 1-800-FOR-VOTE to have a registration form sent to you.
Read more after the jump to see our list.
Office: U.S. Senate
Current U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will seek to retain her seat in a 2-year term special election. She was appointed by Governor Paterson last January to fill the spot vacated by Hillary Clinton, who left the post to become President Obama's Secretary of State.
Gillibrand faces two challengers in the September primary--fellow Democrats Gail Goode and Joseph Huff have both filed. Goode, a lawyer and former Bronx assistant district attorney, is said to have filed some 45,000 signatures last week, though candidates are required to collect only 15,000. Three Republican contenders are also vying for Gillibrand's seat: Bruce Blakeman, David Malpass and Joseph J. DioGuardi are on the list.
Our other U.S. Senator, Chuck Schumer, is running for re-election to a six-year term. He's stockpiled a hefty $24 million in campaign cash so far, though the race is not expected to be competitive. Possible contenders include Democrat Randolph A. Credico and two Republican candidates,
Office: U.S. House of Representatives
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In District 17, which covers a large portion of the northern Bronx, long-time Democratic incumbent Eliot Engel will face possible Republican candidates Anthony Mele and York Kleinhandler. Mele, of Rockland County, is an army vet identified with the conservative Tea Party movement. Engel has been in Congress since 1989, and often has a primary challenger, but not this year.
Joseph Crowley, whose 7th Congressional District covers the eastern Bronx and Hunts Point, will run against Chidi Akoma in the Democratic primary, while Republican Kenneth Reynolds also takes a shot at his seat.
Congressman Jose E. Serrano, whose 16th District covers the south Bronx, will run against Republican Frank Della Valle. Serrano has held his position for over 20 years.
Office: State Senate
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State Senator Jose M. Serrano (son of Congressman Jose E. Serrano, above) has two primary challengers in the 28th District (west Bronx and Mott Haven): Yma B. Rodriguez and Mark Escoffery-Bey, a Morris Heights resident. Republicans Jon Girodes and Keesha S Weiner are also running for that seat.
There's an open seat in the 31st District, which includes Riverdale, as current Senator Eric Schneiderman is running for Attorney General. The race got crowded quickly, with six Democratic contenders: Francesca M. Castellanos, Adriano Espaillat, Rafael Figuereo, Mark Levine, Anna Lewis and Miosotis Munoz. Here's a little more background on some of the candidates. Also running are Republican Stylo Sapaskis and Conservative Raphael M. Klapper.
The Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. is being challenged in his 32nd District by Carlos Charlie Ramos Jr., a Bronx liaison to former Comptroller Bill Thompson. Ramos has been endorsed by Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club and the NYC LGBT Chamber of Commerce (Diaz, Sr. is a conservative Democrat known for opposing gay rights). Conservative Michael E. Walters will also run.
The race in the 33rd District, arguably this season's most watched, has embattled incumbent Pedro Espada, Jr., facing three democratic challengers in September: lawyer Daniel A Padernacht, political aide Gustavo Rivera and Community Board 7 district manager Fernando P Tirado. We surveyed the candidates about a number of important issues--here are their responses (Espada declined to participate in the survey). Republican John E. McCarthy will also run in November.
State Senator Jeffrey Klein in the 34th District has no Democratic primary opponent and will run against Republican Frank V. Vernuccio, Jr. in the general election.
In the 36th District, which covers the northeast Bronx and West Farms neighborhood, incumbent Ruth Hassell-Thompson has a primary challenger in Democrat Crystal Wade. Republican Robert Diamond will compete in the general election.
Office: State Assembly
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Peter Rivera in the 76th District is up against lawyer Luis Sepulveda in the primary. Sepulveda made headlines recently for mailing out fliers that accused Rivera of misusing campaign funds. In November, Steven Stern will run as a Republican.
Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson in the 77th District will face Niyyirrah El in the Democratic primary. Republican Tanya Carmichael and Conservative Robert Marrero are also running in this district.
Attorney and retired NYPD officer Sergio Villaverde, of Kingsbridge Heights, will challenge Assemblyman and former party boss Jose Rivera in the 78th District primary. Republican William J. Sullivan will also make a run for this seat in November.
In the 79th District, Assembly Michael Benjamin will not seek reelection. District leader Eric Stevenson appears to be running unopposed in the primary (more on Stevenson, who comes from a family of Bronx politicians, here.) Republican Deborah Benbow and Conservative Henry Bonet Jr. are running in November. (Benjamin announced in May that he wouldn't run for re-election, flirting with the idea of a run for Congress, which he's since dropped.)
Two candidates are running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Naomi Rivera in the 80th District: Robert Giuffre and Julio Munoz. We'll have more on this race soon, so stay tuned. Republican Joseph DeLuna and Conservative Robert Goodman will run against the winner.
Assemblyman and Bronx Democratic Committee chairman Jeffrey Dinowitz has no Democratic opponent, but will run against Republican Joseph McLaughlin in the general election.
Michael Benedetto has two primary challengers in the 82nd District, facing fellow Democrats Rafael Dominguez and Herbert Moreira-Brown. Republican Michael Rendino will run in November.
Bronx Democratic Party chairman Assemblyman Carl Heastie has no primary challengers in his 83rd District, but will face Conservative Patrick McManus in November.
Israel Martinez challenges incumbent Carmen Arroyo in the 84th District primary. Roseline Nieves will run as a Republican in November.
In the 85th District, Marcos Crespo, who won Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr's vacated seat in a special election last year, has a primary opponent in Israel Cruz. Leopold Paul, who Crespo defeated for the seat last year, will run as a Republican, and Arturo Santiago Jr. as a Conservative in the general election.
Incumbent Nelson Castro could face a tough primary against challenger Hector Ramirez, an accountant who has won the backing of the Heastie and the County Democrats. Republican Rene Santos and Conservative Lisa Marie Campbell are also running.