Thursday, September 13 marks primary elections in New York State. After the Presidential election in 2016, local and state elections saw a surge in candidates who are women and women of color running for office looking to create progressive change against a hostile White House. New York was no exception, as its most contentious primary races include NY Attorney General contenders Letitia James, current NYC Public Advocate, progressive professor and former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, and former Hillary Clinton/Joe Biden aide and current Verizon lobbyist Leecia Eve. The most high-profile New York race is between incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and actress/activist Cynthia Nixon, who is running a progressive platform fighting for better public transportation, educational opportunities, affordable housing, ending income inequality and mass incarceration, and several other significant issues where disparities have grown with Cuomo in office. With pressure on his campaign, Cuomo launched a series of ads proclaiming his reformist stance, though this week was marred with controversy with allegations that his aides approved mailers sent to Jewish populations claiming Nixon is an anti-Semite in a last-minute smear campaign. While polls show that voters still favor the incumbent, will this be enough to tip the scales?
In this Clip of the Week, Fordham University professor Dr. Christina Greer sits with Politico's Brendan Cheney and FAQ NYC's Azi Paybarah to give a rundown of what will go down at Thursday's primaries, including what will become of Team Cuomo if he gets elected, but current Lt. Governor, Kathy Hochul, and Tish James, also running on his ticket, do not receive enough votes to proceed to general elections.