The Weekend in Politics, Congressional Edition

Monday, June 04, 2012 - 10:40 AM

Rep. Charlie Rangel holds his annual birthday fundraiser in New York on August 10, 2011. (Alec Hamilton / WNYC)

It was a busy weekend for candidates running for Congress across New York City. Here are some of the highlights.

Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez received endorsements and praise from Senator Chuck Schumer, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Congressman Jerrold Nadler on Sunday. The three Democratic leaders stood next to Velázquez, who is in the middle of a primary race against City Councilman Erik Dilan and political newcomer Dan O'Connor.

Dominican leaders led a march in support of Congressman Charles Rangel on Saturday afternoon in Washington Heights. Currently in a primary race for his seat in the new 13th Congressional district against three other candidates, including State Senator Adriano Espaillat, the embattled politician's supporters marched from Inwood to Rangel's campaign office.

Queens Assemblywoman and Congressional candidate Grace Meng received the endorsement of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance's New York chapter on Saturday, with a spokesperson calling her a "strong supporter of organized labor and a fighter for immigrant rights." Meng is in a four-way primary race in the newly formed 6th Congressional district against City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblyman Rory Lancman and and Dr. Robert Mittman.


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