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Brooklyn could be seeing a lot of Cynthia Nixon

Gubernatorial candidate accepts invitations from Adams, Menchaca

March 22, 2018 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Cynthia Nixon, pictured at her first campaign stop in Brownsville on Tuesday after announcing she would challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary, has accepted invitations from Borough President Eric Adams and Councilmember Carlos Menchaca to pay a return visit the Brooklyn. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File

If the early days of her campaign are any indication, Democrat Cynthia Nixon will be showing Brooklyn a lot of love as she runs for governor.

Nixon, a first-time candidate for public office, not only launched her campaign in Brooklyn on Tuesday, she has also accepted invitations from two of the borough’s most prominent elected officials to pay more visits to Kings County.

Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) extended an invitation to Nixon via Twitter to come to his council district. Menchaca, who is the chairman of the Council’s Committee on Immigration, tweeted that he wanted Nixon to talk to immigrants and working families in his district.

@CynthiaNixon join me on a walk in my district in BK to learn directly from the many immigrant, working families. You can hear directly about the issues they face every day. Our neighbors inspire me to do the work I do every day. Que dices? Hope to see you in Sunset Park/Red Hook,” Menchaca wrote, including a Spanish phrase.

The English translation of que dices is “What do you say?”

Nixon quickly replied to Menchaca via Twitter.

“Thank you so much. I would love to!” she tweeted in reply, adding “New York es #ParaTodos.”

In English, para todos means “for everyone.”

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No date has been set for a campaign stop in Menchaca’s district. But Nixon’s Brooklyn calendar will likely contain another date.

Shortly after she made her announcement that she would be challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Party Primary for governor, Nixon opened her Twitter feed to find an invitation from Borough President Eric Adams.

“I’m reaching out to @CynthiaNixon to tour a @NYCHA development with me in #Brooklyn to hear directly from #tenants who’ve lived through years of government neglect, caught in the endless back-and-forth between Albany lawmakers. They deserve better,” Adams tweeted, referring to the New York City Housing Authority by its initials.

Nixon’s reply, which came quickly, included a compliment for Adams.

“I accept. Let’s get it on the books. Thank you for your leadership on this important issue,” she tweeted.

Nixon, an actress and director who skyrocketed to fame as one of the stars of the HBO comedy series “Sex and the City,” came to Brooklyn on Tuesday to launch off her run for governor, making a campaign appearance at a Brownsville church.

In her speech, Nixon vowed to work to get subway trains running on time, improve public schools and root out political corruption in Albany.

Nixon, a Progressive Democrat challenging Cuomo, a two-term incumbent, would be the first woman and the first LGBTQ person to serve as New York’s governor.

Nixon, who said she rides the subway every day, promised to work to improve the city’s deteriorating transit system.

“We need to fix our broken subway. It’s worse every day. If you don’t have the means to hop out of the subway and take a cab to work you risk getting fired. The subway is the lifeblood of our city. If the subway dies, so does the city of New York. And right now, it’s on life support,” she told an audience at the Bethesda Healing Center on East 98th Street.

Tenants living in apartment buildings run by NYCHA have also been receiving a lot of attention from Cuomo, who visited the Andrew Jackson Houses in the Bronx last week and toured apartments infested with roaches. A few days later, he visited the Taft Houses in East Harlem.

Cuomo also vowed to secure an additional $250 million in additional state funding for NYCHA.

The $250 million promised by Cuomo will go toward repairs to heating and hot water systems and the removal of mold and lead paint, according to a press release issued by the governor’s office. 

“At one time, NYCHA was the model of public housing, and now conditions are at the worst they’ve ever been,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Tenants living in these intolerable, inhumane conditions need help now, not in four years, and this administration is taking action to ensure a brighter future for New Yorkers.”

 

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