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In 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win over an entrenched House Democrat was viewed by some of her critics as a fluke. They apparently miscalculated the shift to come.
Young progressives are now steering the agenda in Albany. And on Tuesday night, several left-wing candidates opened wide leads in some of New York State’s key primary contests, though a staggering number of mail-in ballots remained to be counted.
That means we still don’t officially know who will move on to the general election.
I spoke to my colleague Jesse McKinley, who covers state politics, about what to take away from the primary election.
Q: What happened on Primary Day?
A: It was a big night for progressive candidates, as they took commanding leads in several closely watched races. That includes Jamaal Bowman, who is challenging Representative Eliot L. Engel, a longtime congressman from the Bronx, who is on the ropes.
Two other young progressives — City Councilman Ritchie Torres and Mondaire Jones, a lawyer — also seem likely to win their primaries.
Why is there a delay in the results?
In April, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo expanded access to absentee ballots, fearing that making people go to polling stations would increase their exposure to the coronavirus. The nearly two million ballots sent out by the state’s Board of Elections won’t be fully counted till next week, at the earliest. So Election Day has become Election Week, as my colleague Jonathan Martin put it.
What do the current returns say about the liberal wave that elected Ms. Ocasio-Cortez to Congress in 2018?
That wave continues to crest and shows no sign of ebbing. (Forgive the aquatic metaphor, but it is too swell to avoid.) The generation of centrist Democrats — in the mold of Bill Clinton, and, to an extent, Mr. Cuomo — is facing a serious challenge in an age in which younger, less transactional politicians are in vogue and, increasingly, in power.
What is the state of New York’s Democratic Party?
Dominant. Democrats control the governor’s mansion, both houses of the Legislature and the New York City Council, and make up most of the congressional delegation. Republicans haven’t won a statewide race since 2002, and 2022 — when a very popular Mr. Cuomo seems likely to run for a fourth term — doesn’t exactly seem like a slam dunk for them either.
What can we expect in November?
Most of these congressional seats are safely Democratic, so the winners of the primary will be elected to Congress, barring something nutty. But considering how 2020 has been going thus far, I suppose anything is possible.
N.Y. to require visitors from virus hot spots to quarantine
In late March, Florida, worried about the spread of the coronavirus, began requiring travelers from the New York area to quarantine.
Other states also sought to restrict visitors from the state, a center of the pandemic that was later found to be seeding outbreaks around the country.
But now, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are all requiring certain out-of-state visitors to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
The rule, which went into effect at midnight on Wednesday, reflects a stark shift in the course of the outbreak. Nearly 20,000 people tested positive for the virus in Florida over the last five days ending on Tuesday; in New York, where far more people are being tested daily, roughly 3,200 tested positive during that period.
The new restrictions will be based on health metrics related to the virus, Mr. Cuomo said. So far, travelers from nine states — mostly from the South, including Florida, Texas and Arizona — would be required to quarantine.
From The Times
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What we’re reading
Transit officials are considering the use of artificial intelligence to track how many subway riders are wearing face masks. [Gothamist]
A Bronx toddler was struck by a firework when it flew through his apartment window. [New York Post]
How has the city’s boss of beaches kept his position for 40 years? [Intelligencer]
And finally: ‘The best marathon,’ canceled
Talia Matz planned on running three marathons this year. Now, that number is down to zero.
Ms. Matz, 40, of Manhattan, has been a runner for 10 years and a New York City marathoner since 2015. Like many New Yorkers, she was excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the race, a 26.2-mile course that snakes through all five boroughs and a sea of cheering onlookers.
“New York City’s the best marathon I think there is,” she said. “I ran Chicago, but it just didn’t compare.”
But the New York City Marathon — the world’s largest — was canceled on Wednesday because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite the dropping infection rate in New York, city officials and marathon organizers decided it would be too risky to hold the race, which attracts more than 50,000 runners and 10,000 volunteers. Public health experts have warned that large events will continue to pose a threat until there is a treatment or vaccine for the coronavirus.
Runners can either defer their entry or receive a refund. Organizers also planned to announce details for a virtual race.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Teresita Gonzalez was one of many children in Sunset Park who, over the years, gave runners high-fives as they passed by.
Ms. Gonzalez, now 24, first ran the marathon in 2018. This year, she was excited for her brother to join her.
But after learning that the race was canceled, she found a silver lining: Now, she said, she could focus on starting school to study culinary management. “It’s not worth risking the lives of people in order to put on these events,” Ms. Gonzalez said.
Ms. Matz agreed. Despite her disappointment, she said that the organizers made the right choice, and that she was looking forward to someday finishing her favorite marathon in under four hours.
“It’s electric,” she said.
It’s Thursday — stretch your legs.
Metropolitan Diary: Taste test
I was standing near a big pile of fruit being sold by a vendor on 23rd Street from whom I had been buying for years. It was early August, when apples available on the street that look OK on the outside are sometimes brown and soft on the inside.
I was employing a discreet system that the vendor and I had implicitly worked out: I stood on the gutter side of the stand, picking out individual apples and giving each a tiny bite followed by a quick visual inspection.
The small bites ended up in the street. I showed the occasional overripe apple to the vendor, who disposed of it and allowed me to pick out another.
Normally, it was a quiet, private routine. But on this August morning, a young man who was passing by looked at me pointedly with a knowing smile on his face.
Sensing that I needed to go public, I looked his way.
“Sometimes you have to check,” I said in a fairly loud voice.
The man’s smile widened.
“In summertime,” I added as he continued down the sidewalk.
“Have a good day,” he said, the smile still on his face.
— George A. Smith
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