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Socialism Wins – Kristen Gonzalez Thumps Opposition to Win Senate District 59 Primary

Kristin Gonzalez (Photo courtesy of Gonzalez)

Aug. 24, 2022 By Michael Dorgan

Kristen Gonzalez, a political novice and progressive candidate, has emphatically won the Democratic primary race to represent Senate District 59.

Gonzalez, a Long Island City resident who is backed by the Democratic Socialists of America, trounced the field by securing just over 58 percent of votes in Tuesday’s election, according to unofficial results from the city’s Board of Elections.

She beat out her nearest challenger Elizabeth Crowley, a former City Councilmember, by more than 25 percentage points with 99 percent of scanners reporting.

Gonzalez is now all but certain to secure the seat to represent Senate District 59, a newly-formed district that covers western Queens, north Brooklyn and parts of Manhattan.

“Today we really proved that socialism wins, we are not going anywhere, and we will not stop until we see a socialist slate across this city,” González said to her supporters at a Peruvian restaurant in Long Island City late last night, according to The City.

Gonzalez — a product manager for American Express — campaigned on left-wing issues such as climate change, increasing public school funding, canceling student debt, universal healthcare and taxing the rich to pay for affordable housing. She was also in favor of the state legislature’s “Good Cause” eviction bill, which would have prohibited most evictions and made it harder to raise rents.

Gonzalez had also garnered the support of the Working Families Party, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a plethora of left-wing elected officials.

Senate District 59 includes Astoria, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg and parts of Manhattan (redistrictingandyou)

Meanwhile, Crowley, a Democratic moderate, conceded at LIC Bar on Vernon Boulevard.

“I think we ran a very good campaign, we just couldn’t compete against the forces coming against us,” Crowley said.

Crowley had the backing of Mayor Eric Adams, Council Speaker Adrienne Adams as well as congress members Ritchie Torres and Gregory Meeks.

It is the latest in a string of political defeats to Crowley, who lost a nailbiter in her run for Queens Borough president last year. She was also defeated for borough president in 2020 and lost her council seat in 2017 to Robert Holden.

Mike Corbett, a Murray Hill resident who had been endorsed by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, was third in the race with around 6.5 percent of the vote.

Unofficial results for Senate District 59 (Board of Elections)

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Anonymous

Cheers to American Express & the Dalton School. The new pipeline for working class values!

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MRLIC

Socialism will never win unless dumb NYC voters let it
NYC voters are in favor of Socialist Dem. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Upstate is close and Zeldin has a slight ong Iskand I believe. She will keep No Bail law along with its impact on quality
of life.

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MRLIC

Message to NYC Democratic Socialist voters Socialism is not what this country is about. Anericans did not fight and die fio you to vote for Socialists. and Sicialism. ILLEGALS SHOULD NOT GET BETTER TREATMENT THAN HOMELESS VETERANS AND OTHER CITIZENS WHI ARE HOMELESS
This is taxpayer money wasted on non- citizens .Your taxpayer money without a vote.

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American Express is a Working Class company?

Socialism did not win. That’s just the rhetoric these DSA types use but never practice in general. The article clearly states she worked for American Express (a not so socialist company). A recent ny post article said that she also lives in a 58 story luxury tower in LIC.

If anything Capitalism and Hypocrisy won but definitely not socialism.

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Chas

Glad I moved out of NYC/LIC. Your vote for her will give the district great failure and more crime. I feel sorry for those who really care. No Bail means more fear for women and the elderly and children.
The city will become a city of much fear. Good luck to all you are still there and are unable to leave.

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Anonymous

Good for her and good for NYC! I hope all freedom-loving people and profitable, Capitalist, businesses leave NUC and land in Potsburg and Philadelphia, PA. Those cities need capitalists more than NY!

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MRLIC

So you want Socialism crime and No bail law in NYC and vote in a Democratic Socialist who has her own security and you don’ t? Dumb just dumb.

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Eduardo Chumbes

A socialist garbage woman representing Astoria !!! More bad news!! NY is lost!! Sad!! I’m happy I moved out of Astoria in 1998!!

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JD

But Kristen Gonzalez, the candidate herself, specifically said that socialism won. Good luck maintaining tax revenue

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Anonymous

Yes, socialism in the historic American sense espoused by FDR that brought us some of the most popular and successful programs (Social Security, Medicare, etc.) for working and middle-class people and helped make this country a fairer and more decent place. It’s disingenuous and dangerous to suggest Democratic Socialism is Marxism or Stalinism, as fascists on Fox and other dinguses on this board are inclined to do.

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Anonymous

FDR’s new deal was done to save capitalism. Look at the DSA bylaws they oppose NATO (press release was sent out). DSA is much different from what the new deal did.

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paul

I don’t understand it. The hipsters in my area on local blogs are always complaining about the crime in the area, muggings, dangerous violent people on the street, robberies, etc. etc. but they elect a socialist who is for ending most bail and letting repeat dangerous criminal out on the street.

Are they that stupid? I don’t get it.

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MRLIC

Paul, U do not get it either. I day this all the time about voting out the Dem. Socialists who want Anti- Law And Order Candidates.
No bail looks kike it is here to stay. Especially if Hochul wins in Nov. She will not even removeDi nothing Alvin Bragg the DA who will not prosecute Criminals only bodega workers. he will prosecute who defend themselves.
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Merman

Yes, they really are that stupid. It will take years before the woke crowd gains the basic intelligence to put the two and two together. I also have friends that eat up the socialist pitches and these same friends are posting on social media about how they were mugged on the train, assaulted on the street, etc. They somehow just can’t see how the socialist agenda in NYC and the sky high crime go hand in hand. If there are less bad people on the streets, crime will go down. It’s really not a hard problem to solve.

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MRLIC

Yes they are that stupid. They will all vote for Dem..Socialist Kathy Hochul a teal do nothing Politicia She cares l more about getting re- elected. Shel called herself a Biden Democtat when.approving the democrat favored redistring map which is called gerrymandering.. It had to be challenged and made fair for both parties..
She is wrong for NY.

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LIC Direct

Let’s give her a chance see what she can do, she should remember if she is elected to public office she represents all of us and not just a niche of low lives, public benefit recipients and undocumented but also the people that get up in the morning, go to work, home owners, whose children go to local schools and aspire to obtain a good job, a corporate job at American Express, like her. She’s a socialist, she works for capitalists. Someone has to pay the bills and responsible management of public resources is key.

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MRLIC

She missed 46% of ger comminity board 4 meetings. Socialism idiots who voted for her are not Americans. You want a better city with less crime and people put in jail. She is not the answer but part of the problem. You get what you vote for DUMB NEW YOTKERS. Do not complain when things get worsr. You voted for Socialism.

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hmmm

it’s almost as if the existing policies don’t benefit the masses, and they’re using their votes to attempt to bring about some change, or at the very least make some noise.

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MRLIC

Democratic Socialists have their own agenda
Not a Capitalist one but a Socialist one They are NOT FOR LAW ABD ORDER. Voting Hochul and AOC and Schimer in again will just doom NY and
NYC some more. Kristen Gonzalez will do nothing A Capitalist will like.. No e of them did becore why now. Let us not forget the Big No Bail Proponents. Carl Heastoe and Andrea Stewart – Cousins in Albany.

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Eleanor

I hope Socialism die in a larger scope of politics. From wherever and whoever these young blood acquired their ideology is entirely a destruction of our country. They have forgotten that it is democracy and capitalism that made them what they are. The very reason why their parents chose to leave their country and raise them in America.

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MRLIC

RCACTLY RIGHT ELEANOR.
BRAVO TO YOU. YOU UNDETRTSTAMD WHAT I HAVE BEEN SAYING ON THIS SITE FOR YEARS. Thank ypu for your opinion. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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MRLIC

This is not a win fir NY or NYC It is a LOSS. SOCIALISTS want to defund police and the no bail law and kerp grpm.building jails. SOC is a loser. DSA should never gain any power or you will have Socialusm..Democrsts are mostly for Socialism as Biden himself is one. DSA members AOC Tiffany Caban and Bernie Sanders want Socialism for our whole country.
Turn it into Venezuela. Ironically many of the illegals coming here are from Venezuela where they say life is miserable. New Yorkers are DUMB. They want crime to go down and a better quality of life, yer boting gor losers like Ms. Gonzalez and Other Dem..Socalists will not change that but probably mawill change nothing.

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Larry Penner

Former NYC Council member Elizabeth Crowley lost her most recent contest for public office, this time State Senate, This comes as no surprise to anyone who has followed her career. Ms. Crowley previously ran and lost in a 2012 Congressional Primary, 2020 special election followed later that year by a primary for Queens Boro President Perhaps it is time for this career politician, to give up trying to return to the public payroll..
Larry Penner

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MRLIC

Maybe so. Still NO reason to vote for Dem. Socialists. Look at our Country under Socialist Joe Biden.
It is in terrible shape He yakes blame for nothing. It is Trump’ s fauly. Putin’ s fault. Civid’ s fault.
Socualism never worked anywheer and it is not working here. Open Borders is a terrible thing. also. Bidem’ s fault.

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