Rep. Carolyn Maloney threw her hat into New York’s newly drawn 12th Congressional District election on April 17. Maloney turned in 9,482 signatures, or 10 times the amount required.
If elected, this will be Maloney's eleventh term in Congress. There are no other candidates running in the district.
The district encompasses parts of Manhattan, north Brooklyn, all of Roosevelt Island and the Queens neighborhoods of Maspeth, Ridgewood and Woodside.
“I’ve never lost an election, and I don’t intend to start now. With your help, I intend to remain nobody’s Congresswoman but yours!” said Maloney, a senior member of the financial services, government oversight and reform and joint economic committees.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Brooklyn, Queens) represents the existing 12th CD; but because of redistricting she will run for the new 7th — which includes College Point, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Woodside. She is being challenged in a primary by Democrat Dan O’Connor.
Velazquez has largely focused on increasing opportunities for Hispanics since being elected in 1992. O’Connor works for a green energy firm in Manhattan and spent several years in China.