BY THE VILLAGE SUN | These endorsements of Dan Goldman by the Village Independent Democrats club, State Senator Brad Hoylman and Assembly candidate Grace Lee seem even more telling in light of the results of last week’s Democratic primary election in the 10th congressional district. .
As seen in voter results maps for the Aug. 23 race compiled by the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, Goldman really struggled in Greenwich Village, in the Far West Village, in the neighborhood of ‘Union Square, much of Soho and Little Italy, Hudson Square and Tribeca – basically all of Manhattan’s Lower West Side.
Goldman has also made some inroads into the western part of the East Village. It has also done very well in the Grand Street area of the Lower East Side – which borders the part of East River Park that was demolished for the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. He was backed by former board member Kathryn Freed, who lives in co-ops on Grand Street and is a fierce critic of the resilience plan.
Goldman has also received support from another former District 1 council member, Alan Gerson, who lives in the South Village area of New York University’s southern superblock.
But the candidate’s most crucial endorsement came from the New York Times.
Additionally, in the Brooklyn portion of the new District 10, Goldman, Trump’s former impeachment attorney, won big in Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO and crushed competition in the Orthodox enclave of Borough Park.
What the CUNY maps also show is that voter turnout in some of the key areas won by Goldman – such as Grand Street, Greenwich Village, Union Square and Brooklyn Heights – was relatively high in what was typically a low race. turnout at a time when many New Yorkers are out of town on vacation. These are the areas where he really racked up the votes that helped him rise to the top.
Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, who finished second in the primary, won most of her district, including the Lower East Side and Chinatown — but not the Financial District, which Goldman swept. She also performed very well in the Brooklyn borough’s central park, including the ultra-progressive Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Windor Terrace and Kensington.
As noted by Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf, the new District 10 was created to elect an Asian candidate for Congress; so that was working in Niou’s favor and probably also a factor in his good performance. Sheinkopf added that Niou was the progressive candidate around whom the left, including the Working Families Party, had chosen to rally.
Council member Carlina Rivera, who came in fourth, did her best among voters in her own East Side neighborhood at New York City Housing Authority developments that stretch along the East River from E. 14th Street at the Williamsburg Bridge. She also did well in parts of Brooklyn, including Red Hook and the Hispanic part of Sunset Park, as well as Cobble Hill.
World Congressman Jones, despite not winning many electoral districts, did well in District 10, well enough to finish in third place overall in the August 23 primary.
Another contestant, Jimmy Li, dominated in the Asian side of Sunset Park, but overall turnout there was relatively low.