BY DOMENICK RAFTER
New York’s 7th Congressional District
Covering Ridgewood, Woodhaven and Ozone Park as well as parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn.
U.S. Rep. Nydia Velasquez is facing a primary challenge in the 7th Congressional District. Although mostly based in Manhattan and Brooklyn, the district includes the neighborhoods of Ridgewood, Woodhaven and Ozone Park in Queens.
First elected to Congress in 1992, Velasquez is the first Puerto Rican woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. She serves as ranking member of the Small Business Committee, which she chaired from 2007 through 2010 and is a member of the Financial Services Committee.
Born in China and raised in the Bronx, Yungman Lee is president of Global Bank, Lee has extensive experience in the banking industry. In 1991, Lee was appointed by Gov. Mario Cuomo to be First Deputy Superintendent of the New York State Banking Department, a position he held until December 1994. His tenure with the Banking Department focused on protecting consumers and taxpayer dollars during industry restructuring following the nationwide Savings & Loan crisis, and in the collapse of commercial real estate mortgages.
Focusing on campaign finance as his main issue, Kurzon, a Manhattan-baed lawyer, ran against Velasquez in 2014, garnering 19 percent of the vote. A former fundraiser for President Barack Obama, Kurzon is a supporter of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign and is seeking to eliminate corporate money in politics.
Covering Astoria, Long Island City and parts of Brooklyn and Manhattan
In the 12th District, Rep. Carolyn Maloney is facing a primary challenge in a district that includes the East Side of Manhattan, Greeenpoint and Williamsburg in Brooklyn and the Queens communities of Astoria and Long Island City.
REP. CAROLYN MALONEY
First elected in 1992, Rep. Carolyn Maloney is a leading member of the Financial Services Committee and is ranking member of the Joint Economic Committee. She also sits on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. She was instrumental in the creation of the 9/11 Commission, the Zadroga Act – which provides compensation to first responders dealing with permanent injuries as a result of recovery efforts at Ground Zero – and the Credit Card Bill of Rights. She is also an advocate for women’s health and gun control.
A computer programmer by trade, Peter Lindner is running against Maloney in the Democratic primary. Lindner, a graduate of MIT, says his core message in his campaign is that government should utilize technology advances and opportunities to make progress on issues, including national security, gun control and job creation.