Election Night Open Thread: Rivera KOs Espada

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The early returns are in, and Pedro Espada is going to have to make up some ground to retain his seat in the State Senate. Other incumbents don’t seem to be in as much jeopardy.

Update: It’s official. Espada has conceded the race to challenger Gustavo Rivera.

It also looks like congestion pricing antagonist and former Westchester Assembly Member Richard Brodsky will not be serving as New York Attorney General.

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Fare Hike Four Looking Out for Number One

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If you’re tracking the progress of MTA rescue talks, Jimmy Vielkind’s Albany dispatches at the Politicker are a must-read. I had to highlight this exchange he had yesterday with Fare Hike Four member Pedro Espada, Jr., which pretty much sums up the current predicament: I asked for this thoughts. "I’m elated," he said. "Today’s a […]