By Dan Rivoli
Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal endorsed her colleague Adriano Espaillat of Washington Heights in the race to succeed State Sen. Eric Schneiderman. Schneiderman, who has also endorsed Espaillat, created a rare open seat when he threw his hat in the attorney general race.
Rosenthal called Espaillat a partner in pushing for pro-tenant rent laws and supporting same-sex marriage in New York State.
“Adriano shares our values, knows how to get the job done and will keep leading the fight to reform Albany,” the Upper West Side legislator said in a statement.
Vouching for Espaillat’s support of “our values” is important for gaining
support in the Upper West Side portion of the district. Schneiderman’s seat used to be a West Side seat until the district lines were shifted to cover all of northern Manhattan, the population center for Dominicans in the city, and parts of the Bronx.
Other candidates include Miosotis Muñoz, a former aide to Rep. Charles Rangel, and Washington Heights district leader Mark Levine.