September 13 is primary day

In Melrose and Mott Haven, challengers take on the incumbents in four Democratic races.

Photo courtesy of NYC Board of Elections.
Photo courtesy of NYC Board of Elections.

Today is primary day across the city. In Melrose and Mott Haven, challengers take on the incumbents in four Democratic races.

In the 17th City Council district, Helen Foreman-Hines will try to topple Councilman Rafael Salamanca, who won in a special election in February. The district includes Melrose, Hunts Point and Longwood.

Salamanca defeated eight challengers in a race to replace Maria del Carmen Arroyo, after Arroyo had announced last November that she was resigning following 10 years on the job.

Foreman-Hines, a former health care union administrator and a member of Community Board 9, attempted a run in the special election but failed to file her paperwork on time and was removed from the ballot.

In the 32nd State Senate district, which includes parts of Mott Haven, Hunts Point and Longwood, accountant Eliot Quiñones takes on the incumbent, Ruben Diaz Sr. Quiñones was another of the 11 candidates who ran for the 17th district Council seat.

In the 84th Assembly district, which includes Melrose, political newcomer Jackson Strong looks to challenge the longtime incumbent Carmen Arroyo. Strong runs a townhouse renovation business near Yankee Stadium.

In the 85th Assembly district, which takes in small pieces of Port Morris and Longwood, incumbent Marcos Crespo will try to fend off a challenge from William R. Moore, a former deputy press secretary for then-Borough President Freddy Ferrer.

The winners will move on to the general elections in November.

Follow the results of today’s elections, here.

Find out where you have to go to vote on the Board of Elections poll locator.

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