“The gentleman likes to talk about how I grew up in Rockland County. Well, it seems I’ve spent more time in this district than he has in recent years, as he’s spent the whole pandemic at one of his many summer homes,” Jones said, referring to a POLITICO report detailing Goldman’s whereabouts during the height of Covid-19.
Goldman and Rivera have also weathered attacks for their personal finances — Goldman, a Levi Strauss heir, for investments in News Corp. curator of Rupert Murdoch and Rivera for stakes in a fund that invests in arms makers Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger.
Goldman said its money was in a blind trust (which Jones disputed), and Rivera said she would reevaluate her stock portfolio.
Congressional hopefuls also sued Rivera for his support of the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project — a $1.45 billion effort to protect Lower Manhattan from future storm surges after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area and damaged buildings. thousands of houses. Most of its opponents said the plan, due for completion in 2026, did not sufficiently address local concerns about the temporary impact of raising the park to eight feet above sea level. .
“It was an issue that didn’t need to be as controversial as it has become,” said Assemblyman Yuh-Line Niou, who represents Lower Manhattan. “The city was not transparent with our constituents, was very opaque in how they responded to people.”
Fellow Assemblyman Jo Anne Simon, who represents Brooklyn, agreed, noting, “You can’t just choose which community you want to engage with.
Rivera defended his position, saying some of his opponents are “new to the district” and don’t understand the issues facing the East Side waterfront.
“At the end of the day, it takes political courage to make sure you support the community whose wishes were to have flood protection. We couldn’t wait any longer,” she added.
The debate was not all blows, however.
The contestants, who sat throughout the two-hour interrogation on cable news station NY1, sometimes sought lighter moments.
When given the opportunity to grill a prime opponent, Niou praised Simon for his disability advocacy, while Rivera challenged Jones to a one-on-one basketball game, which he has accepted.
The candidates more or less agree on the dangers they feel for former President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, though they differ on the degree of extremism within the GOP.
Former Rep. Liz Holtzman, who served in the House during Watergate, pitted Democrats’ efforts to battle today’s GOP with partisan division during former President Richard Nixon’s implosion.
“He faced some indictment and conviction had he not resigned. So there was no question of his guilt here,” Holtzman said. “That didn’t happen in Donald Trump’s impeachments, and unless we do, he’ll keep coming back. That’s why Richard Nixon was down when we took him down.
Goldman, who played a role in Trump’s impeachment proceedings, said the Republican Party has become more extreme and ready to challenge the rule of law.
“The Republican Party is now fully in the role of Donald Trump,” Goldman added.
Jones disputed that, noting the party’s long history of voter suppression, which Goldman said “underplays the real threat” from Trump.
“Dan Goldman’s assertion that the modern age is worse than the Jim Crow era proves once again that he is a painfully out of touch trust fund child,” said progressive consultant Monica Klein, who does not work for no candidate in the race.
Meanwhile, the candidates have all said President Joe Biden should run for office in two years, or dodged the question by emphasizing that it was his choice. They were less clear and concise in their responses to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent trip to Taiwan.
They all agreed on mask mandates for planes and public transport, except for Goldman, who said he would defer to public health experts for advice and guidance. called it a personal choice from now on.
Democratic consultant Jon Paul Lupo, after listening to the debate, concluded the contest was tied between Goldman, Holtzman, Rivera and Jones.
“Because they have less money and fewer ads, Rivera and Holtzman’s strong showings were probably the most important to any voters tuned in,” said Lupo, who doesn’t work for either candidate. “The debate has done nothing to change the fundamental status of the race, as the four leading candidates await a likely decisive New York Times endorsement.”