The Daily News Makes Its Choice in New Brooklyn-Manhattan Congressional District – New York Daily News

Big Bill has retired before a likely beating, but voters in the redesigned Congressional District encompassing much of Brooklyn and downtown Manhattan have an array of talented candidates to choose from. The class of the large field is Liz Holtzman, who has served the city well in Congress, as Brooklyn District Attorney, as City Comptroller, and as a civically engaged member of the private sector ever since. We proudly support Holtzman and urge voters to send her back to Washington.

At 81 on Thursday, Holtzman would go from the youngest woman ever elected to Congress in 1972 to the oldest non-incumbent to win a seat. That might seem like a problem in a capital city where the president and Congress are already much older than the population as a whole, but this particular octogenarian is just as hip and energetic as her competitors, amplifying her experience and depth of knowledge. both national and local issues. In fact, it is evident that his age has given him a sense of urgency to do great things for his constituents and his country.

Little separates these candidates on the stakes; they’re all solidly progressive Democrats who speak out against threats to women’s reproductive freedom, call for stronger action on guns, call for higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations, and talk a lot about the need to protect the integrity of American democracy. Most support increasing the size of the Supreme Court (a position we strongly disagree with, as it could quickly backfire, making the court entirely captive to electoral politics). All say they want to use their federal pole creatively to improve housing affordability, expand access to affordable health care, protect immigrant rights and fight climate change — an especially high priority in this waterfront district.

What sets Holtzman apart is his singular experience in auditing abuses of presidents dating back to Nixon. With the 2024 election approaching, the next Congress will be a crucial time, during which a Republican Holocaust denier, most likely Donald Trump, could set the stage to take power, however voters choose. It would be wise for Democrats to elect an expert to expose and curb such misdeeds. (Dan Goldman, lead majority counsel in Trump’s first impeachment, also gets a check in this column, but lacks Holtzman’s granular understanding of a wide range of other challenges.)

Holtzman combines this with an unparalleled breadth and depth of knowledge about how the gears of government turn; pragmatic political instincts and a keen ear for voter issues. During the hour-long conversation we had with her, she had a first-hand understanding of the challenges people face, from the Lower East Side to Red Hook to Park Slope to Sunset Park.

It’s not a pick-and-choose election – only primaries for city office are treated this way in New York – but our runner-up is Carlina Rivera, who has distinguished herself on City Council, particularly leading the push on a package of bills to protect delivery workers and help craft and push through the overdue rezoning of Soho. Rivera, like Holtzman, answers questions with refreshing candor, rather than relying on talking points more carefully rehearsed by staff members. If she fails to win this time around, there will be plenty of other opportunities for her on the pike.

Mondaire Jones, the freshman congressman from the Hudson Valley who moved to the district after a court-ordered redistricting scrambled the bridge, is not a bad candidate. Jo Ann Simon, now in the State Assembly, knows her Brooklyn neighborhood well. But Holtzman is the one to elect.

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