New lines for the state’s Congressional districts at the moment leave Wappingers Falls Mayor Matt Alexander — who was/is one of five candidates looking to take on Republican Rep. Dr. Nan Hayworth — as the only Democrat with fundraising to remain within the boundaries of the new district, known now as NY 18.
Proposals by both the Senate Republicans and the Assembly Democrats leave out western Westchester, meaning that neither Cortlandt Councilman Dr. Rich Becker nor Times Square vendor/watchdog Duane Jackson of Buchanan live in the new district.
“Most of Westchester County has been removed from the district in each proposal submitted by the legislators from both parties, removing two potential primary challengers. Matt is now the only declared Democrat in the new district who has reported fundraising to date, and he’s the only Democrat running with local governing experience,” TJ Helmstetter, Alexander’s campaign manager, said in a fund-raising email this morning.
How this all ends up remains to be seen. A U.S. magistrate, who has been charged with drawing up her own map, has until March 15th to complete her work. In the meantime, state lawmakers could still settle on their own agreement.
There is no residency requirement for Congress. But Becker this afternoon said he and his wife are house hunting.
“As soon as we saw the maps at midnight last night, my wife and I began a search for a house in the any of the district’s proposed iterations. Even though no lines are yet finalized, we are fully prepared to see this through. I am in this campaign to win it despite any attempts by special interests groups or Republican power brokers in Albany to disenfranchise the voters of the Hudson Valley by drawing the strongest Democratic candidate by far out of the district. We are 100% committed to defeating Nan Hayworth and once again electing a Congressman who’ll fight for all of us and not just the political and financial elites,” he said in a statement.