2019年11月4日 星期一

N.Y. Today: Donald Trump, George Soros and Your Local Elections

What you need to know for Monday.

Donald Trump, George Soros and Your Local Elections

It's Monday.

Weather: We're definitely now in scarf season. Today will be dry, sunny and breezy, with a high in the mid-50s.

Alternate-side parking: In effect today. Suspended tomorrow for Election Day.


Bob Andrzejczak, a Democratic state senator in New Jersey.Hannah Yoon for The New York Times

Off-year elections are typically local affairs.

But as voters prepare to head to the polls on Tuesday, two very rich, prominent figures loom over some of the contests in the New York region: President Trump, the celebrity real estate developer turned Republican standard-bearer, and George Soros, the billionaire philanthropist who funds an array of progressive causes.


Trump and New Jersey

Impeachment is having an impact on legislative elections in the state, my colleague Tracey Tully reported.

State Senator Bob Andrzejczak, a Democrat trying to hold on to his seat in New Jersey's sole State Senate contest on Tuesday, was pressed into saying he would not rule out voting for Mr. Trump in 2020.

Mr. Andrzejczak also said he would not vote for two of his own party's leading presidential candidates, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

"There are lots of shades of red," Mr. Andrzejczak, an Iraq war veteran, told The Times. "And there are lots of shades of blue."

Mr. Andrzejczak was appointed to his seat in January after Jeff Van Drew was elected to Congress.

Last week, Mr. Van Drew was one of only two Democrats in the House of Representatives to vote against the impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump.


"The impeachment process has greatly fired up the Republican base," said Mike Testa Jr., a lawyer who is leading Mr. Trump's re-election campaign in New Jersey and is running against Mr. Andrzejczak.

The top Republican in the Assembly, Jon M. Bramnick, is also fighting to keep his seat in a northern district, in part because of a challenge by conservatives angered by his criticism of Mr. Trump.

Soros and New York

In upstate New York, a group that Mr. Soros funds has spent more than $800,000 to support Shani Curry Mitchell, a Democratic candidate for Monroe County district attorney.

It is part of Mr. Soros's effort to help elect progressive law enforcement candidates around the country.

The incumbent, Sandra Doorley, a Republican, has said the ads from the group, the New York Justice and Public Safety Political Action Committee, are inaccurate and a form of outside interference.

Ms. Mitchell has denied any connection to the ads and called the issue a distraction.

In Ulster County, where the longtime district attorney is not seeking re-election, Mr. Soros's group spent more than $240,000 supporting David Clegg, who is running for the position on the Democratic, Working Families and Libertarian Party lines.

A top official in the district attorney office, Michael Kavanagh, is running on the Republican, Independence and Conservative Party lines.

Mr. Soros's group sent a mailer touting Mr. Clegg's candidacy that included a photo from an official campaign event. The image showed Mr. Clegg shaking hands with a local activist who had pleaded guilty to selling guns to an undercover federal informant.

Mr. Clegg said he was unaware of the mailer before it was sent and called the photo a "mistake." Republicans said the mailer was evidence of coordination between the PAC and Mr. Clegg's campaign, which would be a violation of state election rules.


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What we're reading

Demonstrators jumped subway turnstiles to protest police brutality. [Gothamist]

A teacher helped his paralyzed alum finish the New York City Marathon. [WABC-TV]

A millionaire promised to give his West Village home back to a Native American tribe three years ago. He still hasn't done it. [New York Post]

Coming up today

"Our Families, Our Secrets: New Literature by Korean American Writers" explores issues of immigration, history and identity at the Asian-American Writers' Workshop in Manhattan. 7 p.m. [$5 suggested donation; R.S.V.P.]

Hear the stories behind iconic structures at "Building Tops and Top Buildings: Sam Roberts in Conversation with Andrew Dolkart" at the Brooklyn Historical Society. 6:30 p.m. [$10]

Join in a discussion with the artists in "A Bridge Between You and Everything: An Exhibition of Iranian Women Artists" at New York University's Silver Center in Manhattan. 6:30 p.m. [Free]

— Melissa Guerrero

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times's culture pages.

And finally: Upgrading La Guardia Airport

The Times's Patrick McGeehan reports:

This morning, some lucky travelers will get to La Guardia Airport and find that not every part of their journey will be miserable.

Amid a rebuilding project that has turned the airport into a bewildering construction zone, Delta Air Lines is opening the first sliver of its new Terminal C. And hardened LaGuardia users will find it virtually unrecognizable.

The gleaming concourse at the East End of the airport fills with sunlight from a wall of windows that overlook Flushing Bay and provide glimpses of Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Stadium. Passengers will not be scared off by the restrooms, whose conveniences include signals on the ceiling that turn from green to red when stalls are occupied.

Having escaped the tangle of rerouted traffic out front, travelers will find an array of options for preflight food. They include H&H Bagels, Birch Coffee and a pizzeria.

But the concourse has just seven gates, which will be used primarily for flights to Boston, Washington and Chicago. Delta officials said it would take at least 18 months to build the rest of its terminal and an additional 30 gates.

Delta is spending $3.8 billion to rebuild the terminal as part of an $8 billion overhaul of the airport that began a few years ago.

After then-Vice President Joe Biden disparaged LaGuardia as "third world" in 2014, Governor Cuomo insisted that it would be transformed into a "world-class airport." At an unveiling of the Delta concourse last week, Mr. Cuomo said he was criticized for seconding Mr. Biden's assessment.

"But it was the truth," Mr. Cuomo said, adding, "We are better than what LaGuardia is."

It's Monday — take off.

Metropolitan Diary: Out for a ride

Dear Diary:

After a business meeting in New Rochelle, Nate and I had a couple of hours to kill before catching our flight home. We decided to take the rental car for a spin around Manhattan.

At one point during our drive, Nate parked in front of a small grocery store and ran inside for a soda.

When he went to pay, he found himself in line behind an older woman with a basket full of groceries.

Having just one item, he asked whether it would be O.K. if he jumped ahead of her.

The woman looked him up and down.

"No," she said.

— Douglas Gibboney

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