In yesterday’s Democratic Primary, Carlina Rivera handily won the District 2 race to succeed City Council member Rosie Mendez.
Rivera, a former Mendez staff member who grew up on the Lower East Side, received nearly 61 percent of the vote, according to election information published by NY1.
The seemingly runaway race wasn’t without its last-minute drama. In a rare political turn, former New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter reportedly threw his weight behind Ronnie Cho with an endorsement released Monday night.
Turns out that while Jeter may have nice things to say about Cho, he wasn’t endorsing him. As the Post followed up: “There was a communications mix-up and a draft release was sent out prematurely.”
In addition, supporters of Rivera’s opponents on Monday were also peddling since-deleted Facebook photos of her husband, CB3 chair Jamie Rogers, sailing on his father’s yacht during races in recent years. Other critics questioned why/how they were living in Section 8 housing. The Villager explores that angle here. Rivera and Rogers both said that “it’s perfectly legal for them to live in the apartment and that their incomes were fully vetted under the requirements of the Section 8 program.”
Finally, as The Lo-Down reported, developer Gregg Singer, who owns the former P.S 64 and CHARAS/El Bohio community center on East Ninth Street, began campaigning against the District 2 candidates, including Rivera, who might try to force his hand at returning the property for community use.
In other election news, Mayor de Blasio won big.