New York’s Democratic president re-elected to office


It has been a year of political storm management for New York Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs.

Jacobs was the one who told the governor at the time. Andrew Cuomo in August 2021 that it was time to step down. He helped usher in Cuomo’s successor, Governor Kathy Hochul, with support from the leadership and party allies.

It has survived challenges to its leadership from progressive supporters disgruntled by what they see as a party of too many moderates. And on Thursday night, he was easily re-elected Democratic president amid uncertainty over the party’s chances nationally in November.

“Together, we will uphold the New York State Democratic Party’s reputation for excellence and leadership, fighting for lasting change that will impact all New Yorkers,” Jacobs said. “We have set a bold policy agenda for the year ahead, and I look forward to achieving our goals to make New York a more affordable and equitable state.”

Democrats are grappling with the typical political headwinds that come with a midterm election with an incumbent in the White House. Added to this are voter concerns about public safety and the economy.

In New York, an effort by Democrats in the state Legislature to redraw legislative boundaries was defeated by a Republican-led challenge in the courts, and an independent special master redrew the lines — giving the GOP a lifeline. potential bailout for major downside races for the Chamber of Deputies.

The party had to replace Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin after he was arrested on corruption charges by new Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado last spring.

There are also questions about Latino and Hispanic representation in the state party and the ballot — a concern Democrats moved to address this year after an outcry from community members and advocates.

Still, Democrats are expected to maintain their dominance over New York politics. The party controls all the levers of power in Albany and Republicans haven’t won statewide since 2002.

The overthrow of the monument Roe vs. Wade decision, putting abortion policy ahead of voters, has also become a central issue for Democratic campaigns. A special election to fill Delgado’s seat in Congress was won, with Democrat Pat Ryan touting his support for abortion rights.

“In New York, we have a model state committee that is supercharged, energized, and brings together people from all walks of life who believe in building a stronger state for all,” Hochul said. “It’s not just about the race for governor, it’s about every race on the ballot this year, and I’m proud of the strong team we’re building to uphold our values ​​and move New York forward. ”

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