There is an effort to oust Nydia Velázquez, the Latina congresswoman who has effectively represented residents of parts of Queens, Brooklyn and lower Manhattan for 20 years. We call on Hispanic voters in District 7 to go to the polls for the Democratic primary and defend Nydia’s re-election.
The congresswoman is being challenged by Council Member Erik Dilan, but there is no compelling reason to unseat an accomplished and highly regarded member of New York’s congressional delegation who has landed a rare endorsement by the President.
A veteran lawmaker, this Boricua politician has negotiated significant benefits for New York City. The most recent ones include funding for community health care services to treat all New Yorkers, regardless of their immigration status; resources to improve public housing; protections for new homeowners; and Superfund designations to clean up the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek and revitalize depressed Brooklyn neighborhoods.
Nydia, who was born in Puerto Rico to a poor family, is also a strong ally for community groups advocating for disadvantaged residents. Whether the issue is immigration, housing, health care or employment, the congresswoman’s office has been and should continue to be the place to refer the many people who often have nowhere else to turn.
Voters shouldn’t be fooled by promises of change that are only motivated by political interests.
Tuesday’s Democratic primary will define this election. On June 26, if you live in Williamsburg, Bushwick or Sunset Park in Brooklyn; Fresh Pond or Woodhaven in Queens; or the Loisaida area in lower Manhattan, we urge you to vote for Nydia Velázquez.