Ritchie Torres Likely to Primary José Serrano
Looks like Bronx City Councilmember Ritchie Torres is mounting a challenge against incumbent Congressman José Serrano for the Democratic nomination in NY’s 15th Congressional District. Torres’ spokesman confirmed that the Councilman has started a process of analyzing a potential run which, if confirmed, would be announced in the following months. The 31-year-old Bronx native is the first openly gay candidate to be elected to legislative office in the borough. He was first elected in 2013 to represent the 15th Council District in the Central Bronx and is the Chair of the new Oversight and Investigations Committee of the City Council, where he is tasked with investigating matters within the Council’s jurisdiction concerning property, affairs, or government of NYC. We told you last week that Torres investigated Kushner Cos. -- which is run by the family of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner -- and he found that nine of the buildings the company runs in NYC are being done so illegally. As a Councilman, Torres has focused on legislation protecting the city’s affordable housing stock, improving mental health resources for the LGBT community, tackling the city’s opioid epidemic, and reforming the NYPD’s daily interactions with New Yorkers. Torres and others have been inspired by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who unseated former NY Congressman Joe Crowley, much to the chagrin of the DCCC -- who is warning contractors working with primary challengers that they could risk their larger DCCC contracts -- and some in the district who have said the Latinx-on-Latinx challenge is questionable. The Mayagüez, Puerto Rico-born Serrano has spent 29 years in Congress and is currently the longest-serving Hispanic American in the House. More here.