On one of the first cold nights of the season, Jonathon Ortiz spent his evening after a day’s work as a financial planner to distribute flyers outside the Brook Avenue station in Mott Haven.
Several candidates ran as progressive alternatives to Democratic incumbents in this year’s primary, challenging their more experienced counterparts on matters like public and affordable housing, MTA management, and ethics. In the end, though, South Bronx voters helped the incumbents hold on.
Hunts Point native Amanda Septimo will try to unseat Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo in a face-off that pits a 27-year-old, grass roots organizer against an 82-year-old party matriarch whom the challenger says has long been out of touch with her embattled constituents.
A nationwide, youth-led campaign to muzzle gun violence made a stop in Port Morris on Friday, bringing an urgent message to Bronx residents: Vote for change.