Some Have Already Suggested They Have Considered Doing So When the Time Would Reveal Itself
Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s Decision Came As a Surprise
An Analysis Regarding Congressional District 17 Seat
Political Hezitorial Analysis
YONKERS, NY — October 12, 2019 — A bevy of potential candidates are likely to enter the race to succeed Congresswoman Nita Lowey upon her divulging she would not seek another term in office this past Thursday, October 10th. The 31-year veteran’s unexpected announcement shook the political landscape to the core. Prior to her announcement, there was only one candidate whose campaign effort was focused on primarying Congresswoman Lowey in the June 2020 Democratic Primary. His name is Mondaire Jones. Since the announcement, the growing list of aspirants vying to represent the residents of District 17, is sure to grow exponentially. District 17 is located in the northern suburbs of New York City and includes most of Westchester County including White Plains, Chappaqua, Greenburgh, Ossining and all of Rockland County, including the county seat New City, Haverstraw, and Congers.
District 17 is regarded a Democratic stronghold. However Westchester County Republican Chairman Doug Colety was quick to note that upon conferring with
present CNN Political Analyst / Commentator Rob Astorino, the former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, is contemplating launching a Republican challenge for District 17, despite the Yonkers Tribune hearing rumblings for some three months now that Astorino was considering challenging Westchester County Executive George Latimer for the office he he once held for two terms.
Westchester County Democratic Chairman Reginald Lafayette has a gargantuan task before him. The list of potential successors is vast and deep. Chairman Lafayette advised those vying to succeed Lowey best surmise their potential prospects.
Yonkers Tribune’s list of most prominent potential candidates likely to be in a position of prominence on the Democratic ticket are likely to be chosen from among the following listed in alphabetical order. They are Philanthropist Georgina Bloomberg, Assemblyman David Buchwald, Senator David Carlucci, and Westchester County Majority Leader Legislator Catherine Parker.
Each mentioned above bring exemplary credentials worthy of consideration to succeed the powerful House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey.
Georgina Leigh Bloomberg, born January 20, 1983, the owner of the equestrian team New York Empire, a professional equestrian and a philanthropist. She is the daughter of Susan Brown and Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, philanthropist, and the eighth richest person in the world, andEmma Bloomberg’s sister.
Georgina Bloomberg began riding horses at the age of four. At the age of 18, in 2007, she won the WEF Challenge Cup and was a member of the winning USA teams in Hamina, Finland, and Falsterbo, Sweden.
Bloomberg began the 2018 season both as a rider and the team owner for the New York Empire. She currently has several show jumping horses.
Georgina Bloomberg has co-authored several young adult novels about the equestrian show circuit.
- The A Circuit, Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka, 2011;
- My Favorite Mistake, Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka, 2012;
- Off Course, Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka, 2012; and
- Rein It In, Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka, 2013
At 23, Bloomberg founded the Rider’s Closet, which collects new and gently used riding clothing and boots and provides them to therapeutic riding programs, pony clubs, intercollegiate riding programs and individuals in need.
Bloomberg currently serves on the board of the Hampton Classic Horse Show, the Emma and Georgina Bloomberg Foundation, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. She sits on the board of trustees for the U.S. Equestrian Team. Bloomberg is also a vice president at Animal Aid USA.
In 2016, the Humane Society of the United States recognized Bloomberg with the Compassion in Action Award “for her tireless work to protect all animals.”
She is a founding member of Humane Generation/Friends of Finn committee, which works with the Humane Society of the United States to end the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills and advocates for pet adoption.
In December 2013, Georgina Bloomberg gave birth to a son, Jasper Michael Brown Quintana, fathered by then boyfriend, Argentine Equestrian Ramiro Quintana. Forbes magazine ranked her as one of the 20 “Most Intriguing Billionaire Heiresses”.
She splits her time between Manhattan and North Salem, NY, as well as Wellington, FL,
David Buchwald, born December 6, 1978) is a Democratic member of the New York State Assembly representing Assembly District 93, which includes the towns of Bedford, Harrison, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, North Castle, North Salem, Pound Ridge and the City of White Plains. He was first elected on November 6, 2012, when he defeated the incumbent office holder.
David Buchwald was born in Larchmont, NY. He attended Yale University, where he received a B.S. in physics. He later went on to receive a M.P.P. at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Before running for New York State Assembly, Buchwald worked at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. He also interned for Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
David Carlucci, born April 3, 1981, is a member of the New York State Senate representing the 38th district, which includes most of Rockland County and parts of Westchester County. A Democrat, Carlucci was a member of the state’s Independent Democratic Conference from its formation in 2011 until its 2018 dissolution.
Carlucci was born in Clarkstown, New York and raised in Rockland County. He graduated from Clarkstown High School North. He graduated from Rockland Community College in 2000 and Cornell University in 2002, with a B.S. in Industrial Labor Relations.
After graduating from Cornell, Carlucci worked as a financial planner for American Express from 2002 to 2003 and later worked in Congressman Eliot Engel‘s office as a staff assistant from 2004 to 2005 when he was elected to the office of town clerk for the community of Clarkstown.
In 2010, Carlucci announced that he would run for the NYS Senate against incumbent Republican Senator Thomas Morahan. However, a few months prior to the 2010 general elections, Morahan died. Facing a replacement Republican on the ballot, Carlucci beat out Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef 53% to 47%. He has never faced another credible general election challenger.
On January 5, 2011, David Carlucci entered into the Senate and formed the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC), with three other Democratic senators, Jeffrey D. Klein, Diane Savino, and David J. Valesky. The formation of the IDC created a third legislative conference in the State Senate. The senators said the IDC would “push for commonsense solutions to the problems facing New York State, break the hyper-partisan gridlock that has gripped the Senate and work to restore the public’s trust in its public officials.” In 2013, the IDC and the Senate Republicans announced a majority coalition agreement.
In April 2018, the IDC was dissolved and Carlucci joined the Senate Democratic Conference. In the 2018 Democratic Primary, Carlucci defeated Julie Goldberg by a 54% to 46% margin, becoming one of only two former IDC members, along with Diane Savino, to defeat primary challengers.
Carlucci sponsored a bill that was signed into law in 2012 that requires all New York State drivers to decide whether to become organ donors on the driver’s license application instead of opting out by default. Lauren’s Law is named for Lauren Shields of Rockland County, who received a heart transplant when she was nine years old.
In 2013 Carlucci sponsored a bill that was signed into law called Jobs for Heroes, which gives a tax credit to businesses for hiring returning veterans. Carlucci worked with his colleagues to expand the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC), which provides discount drugs for senior citizens. The expansion allows for an increase in number of senior citizens living in New York who will qualify for the program. The expansions passed in early 2014.
In June 2014, Carlucci’s bill to create a relapse prevention program to combat heroin addiction in New York State became a law. The program provides educational, legal, financial, social, family, and childcare services, in addition to peer-to-peer support groups, employment support, and transportation assistance, for recovering addicts.
Carlucci is married to Lauren Grossberg Carlucci. The two had their first child in 2013. He lives in the Town of Clarkstown, New York.
After serving as Rye City Council Member since 2007, Catherine Parker was elected to the Westchester County Legislature in November 2013 and re-elected in 2015 and 2017 to represent the constituents of the 7th Legislative District (Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Part of Harrison and Part of New Rochelle).
The 2017 election returned a Democratic super-majority to the Board.She was selected as Majority Leader of the Democratic Caucus for the 2018-2019 Legislative Term.
As Majority Leader, Catherine was instrumental in the passage of the act prohibiting gun shows at the Westchester County Center. Catherine is Chair of the Board’s Energy & Regional Efficiencies Committee. She also serves on the Budget & Appropriations, Environment & Health and Labor/Parks/Planning/Housing Committees.
Catherine is a fourth-generation Westchesterite. She and her husband David Walker and their two children, Julia and Aidan, reside in Rye, NY.
Catherine has a family connection to Dannenberg, a former partner of Nita Lowey’s husband Stephen Lowey’s law firm, Lowey, Danenberg, Cohen and Hart, P.C.
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Mondaire Jones graduated Harvard Law School. Mondale Jones has worked for the U.S. Department of Justice under the Obama Administration, is presently employed by the Westchester County Law Department. He is is running as an openly gay candidate espousing a progressive agenda, specifically the cancellation of student debt, Medicare for all, a $15 minimum wage, universal child care, and a Green New Deal.
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While other local news outlets suggest the following people are potential challengers vying to serve District 17, we do not concur except for those names appended with an asterisk (*).
News 12 Westchester report the following people are in contention (in alphabetical order)
Assemblyman Thomas Abinanti
Assemblyman David Buchwald* Aligns with Yonkers Tribune
NYS Senator David Carlucci* Aligns with Yonkers Tribune
Former First Family Daughter Chelsea Clinton Mezvinsky**
Assemblymember Amy Pauline
** Chelsea is the mother of three. The youngest is 3 months old. It is unlikely she would undertake elected office at this time due to her responsibilities on the home front.
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Yonkers Tribune asks how you see the outcome for the successor to Congressional District 17?