Unless you are a local political junkie (or got those robo-calls from Chuck Schumer and Bill Clinton), you may have missed that today is a primary day for Federal elections in NY state.
Locally, there are two very important contested elections in our area – the 7th and 8th Congressional districts. Since both districts are heavily Democratic, today’s primary could well decide who wins the seat in November.
The 7th district, which runs from Borough Park in the south through South Brooklyn and the Lower East Side, and then takes a sharp right through Bushwick and into central Queens, is currently represented by Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez. She is being challenged this year by Bushwick Councilman Erik Martin Dilan and two others.
In the 8th district, which starts in Fort Greene and runs through Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy and East New York before taking a sweeping arc down through Canarsie and Bergen Beach, ending in Coney Island, there is an open race pitting Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries against Councilman Charles Barron (the seat is currently held by Ed Towns, who is retiring.)
You can find out if there is a primary in your district and where your polling place is here. (Remember, we just went through a big redistricting, so the district you had in 2010 may not be the district you have today!)