June 28, 2012
Contact: Dan Hendrick, (212) 361-6350 ext. 206
NYLCV goes 5-for-5 for the environment!
Tuesday's congressional primaries yielded promising results for the future of New York's environment-- despite some tough competition, all five of NYLCV's endorsed candidates triumphed in this week's elections.
One of our biggest campaigns supported Grace Meng for Congress, in the New York City borough of Queens.Grace Meng took 50.7% of the vote in a four-way Democratic primary to represent a House district that covers eastern and central Queens, a position that is currently held by Representative Gary Ackerman.
Charlie Rangel won the Democratic nomination for what could be his 22nd term in Congress with 43.9% of the vote in a difficult race against Adriano Espaillat. The newly redrawn 13th district in which the race took place now extends from East Harlem into parts of the Bronx and includes a Hispanic majority.
NYLCV President Marcia Bystryn with U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel and supporters.Nydia Velázquez, a 10-term Democratic Congresswoman whose district includes portions of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan's Lower East Side, defeated Erik Dilan with 58% of the vote. Democratic candidates Eliot Engel and Yvette Clarke also proved victorious with 90.9% and 88.3% of the vote, respectively.
While NYLCV is thrilled with the results of all these elections, and devoted resources to all five candidates, we are particularly proud of the work we did for Meng and Rangel. Our volunteers campaigned for Meng both before and on election day, making hundreds of phone calls and going door-to-door garnering votes for her. Our support for Rangel included a press conference, a mailer, numerous phone calls and a full page ad in the Spanish newspaper El Diario.