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In Final Sunday Before Primary, Incumbent Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez Goes Local

Monday, June 25, 2012

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez spent the final Sunday before Tuesday’s primary election embracing the old adage that all politics is local — and although her office does not control some of the areas she touched upon, the topics are hot-button issues for residents in the newly drawn 7th Congressional district where the Democratic incumbent is vying for the nomination against three opponents.

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In Rumor-Filled NY-07 Race, Velazquez and Challengers Try to Stay on Message

Friday, June 22, 2012

Candidates for the Democratic nomination in New York's 7th congressional district appeared on the Brian Lehrer Show Friday morning, where they tried to lay out their platforms while addressing allegations that party politics are muddying the race.

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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez Robocalls for Meng in Queens

Friday, May 04, 2012

Latino voters in the new 6th Congressional district in Queens are getting robocalled by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez starting today, urging them to vote for Assemblywoman Grace Meng in the June 26 primary.

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Congressional primary challenges are shaping up in Brooklyn

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The Politicker blog has this piece on the coming primary battle between city councilman Erik Dilan--son of state Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, and close ally of Brooklyn's powerful Democratic party leader, Assemblyman Vito Lopez--and 10-term incumbent congresswoman Nydia Velazquez:

“The time is right for change,” Mr. Dilan told The Brooklyn Paper“We’ve had an incumbent who has been there for 20 years and she’s done little with the post. She’s going to have to justify after 20 years of nothing, why she should remain in office.”

Mr. Dilan undoubtedly has been paying attention to the redistricting process, as Ms. Velázquez’s district became slightly more favorable to Mr. Dilan’s challenge in the recently released court-drawn map. Notably, her seat absorbed Hasidic Williamsburg where the largest sect is allied with Mr. Lopez.

Add this to the already percolating three-way battle for Congressman Ed Towns' seat, and it looks like Brooklyn will see a busy, if truncated, primary season.

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Velázquez: Obama Jobs Plan Would Recoup Lost Construction Jobs

Friday, September 16, 2011

If enacted, President Obama's jobs plan would create more than 27,000 jobs in New York City's hard-hit construction industry, through new infrastructure spending, according to a report prepared by Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan).

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The Critics and Necessary Allies on Cuomo's Transition Team

Monday, November 15, 2010

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On Sunday, governor-elect Andrew Cuomo announced the latest round of members to his transition committee, the advisory panel that will help decide whom Cuomo brings into his administration as he seeks to "clean up" one of the country's most dysfunctional state capitals.

The headline from the weekend's announcement was the inclusion of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on one of those transition committees. Kennedy is known as much for his work on environmental issues as he is for hailing from one of the most celebrated political families in American history. More importunely, he is also the brother of Cuomo's ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy, with whom the Governor-elect has three daughters. In 2003, the couple had a particularly nasty divorce, with accusations of her infidelity splashed across tabloid pages for weeks.

The presence of Kennedy's name on the transition committee, carries a powerful, and unmistakeable message: Cuomo is suppressing whatever old and personal feuds may exist in order to find the most talented personnel.

But transition committees have, in the past, proven ideal opportunities for presenting politically optimal visuals, while not always demonstrating deep or insightful decision-making.

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Governor-Elect Cuomo Announces Transition Team

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has named the members of his transition team and they are a racially diverse and bipartisan group. Its members include Brooklyn Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, former State Comptroller Carl McCall, Republican Joanie Mahoney, the executive of Onondaga County and investment banker Felix Rohatyn.

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