You have heard the line—On this day in American History. It’s going be to memorable as the “perfect storm” to end finally bury New York.
Before the China COVID crisis, New York was a mess. It was on the verge of bankruptcy and about to loss two congressional seats. Schools were failing, homelessness and crime was rising and racial tensions were already making news.
Then came 2020 and the pandemic and Black Lives Matter violence and mass destruction of businesses and residential living.
You would think most logical people would vote for safety, law enforcement, jobs and economic growth and better schools.
Republicans had their opportunities to shine. You would think people would vote against those in office responsible for speaking up for lockdowns, riots and chaos.
Instead, not only did many incumbents win, but progressive Democrats swept to victory on local and state levels. There are many reasons for that which will be detailed in future articles. For now, the focus is the imminent changes that New Yorkers voted for that most are not even aware of.
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New York’s capital, Albany, houses the Assembly and State Senate. The Assembly already had a “super majority.”
Democrats emerged with at least 43 seats. The “magic” number of 42 represents exactly two-thirds of the seats within the 63-seat Senate chamber, enough for a supermajority that gives Democrats the votes needed to override any veto from Governor Cuomo.
This gives lawmakers the upper hand in future negotiations with the governor, making him virtually powerless, even if he wins more Emmys and goes on a national book tour.
This actually helps Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is more progressive and an ally of Bernie Sanders, AOC, Linda Sarsour and the leaders of Black Lives Matter.
Public Figures To Watch
Meet Andrea Stewart-Cousins, State Senate Majority Leader and the biggest winner of New York’s 2020 elections. The new super majority of that branch of government will make her the most watched New York politician of 2021. She blames New York failures on the lack of aid coming from Washington and added that U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to be “unfeeling.”
Her leadership will have unfettered ability to draw new district lines in 2022, tax suffering legal residents even more and call for more bail reforms and restrictions for months regarding the coronavirus.
As a Black woman, and, with an emphasis in the Biden Administration and in Washington on women of color in leadership positions, my bet is that Stewart-Cousins will be watched as a future national candidate or advisor.
First elected to the State Senate in 2006, Senator Stewart-Cousins currently represents Greenburgh, Scarsdale, and parts of White Plains, New Rochelle, and Yonkers. She previously served as a Westchester County Legislator, and during her tenure was elected Majority Whip and Vice-Chair. As a County Legislator, she authored and passed landmark legislation, including the first human rights laws in Westchester County. She has led the State Senate since 2019.
Carl Heastie has served in the New York State Assembly since 2000, and was elected Speaker of the New York State Assembly on February 3, 2015.
His opposition to Governor Cuomo’s policies are well known. In a recent tweet, Heastie wrote, “I am confused by the Governor’s logic. He hasn’t cut anything so far. We are hoping to give him more revenue to ease the fiscal strain and help maintain essential services until the federal government provides assistance, and he is threatening cuts…”
He is also connected to a big scandal. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie’s chief of staff and her husband have been charged with smuggling cocaine into the country.
Many of the assembly and state senate wins included progressive elected officials who defeated “moderate” democrats in primaries.
Let’s see how much influence they will have on these two leaders.
2021 New York Races
New York City will be focused on many local races. They include a mayoral race, seats for city council and borough president races.
Surrounding suburbs will have county executive races and town leadership elections that many feel will turn Democratic based on the 2020 results.
The Real Questions
● Where are Republican leaders?
● Why are voters attracted to this?
● Haven’t voters learned from the past?
● Is New York a representative of a future Washington or is it a state out of touch?
Take a better look at Venezuela people. Vote for your freedoms and issues, not personalities.
It’s Up To You New York, New York!