Branding themselves “the new Democrats,” leaders of the state’s largest party kicked off their 2010 campaign Tuesday at the Rye Hilton in Westchester, hoping to move past four years of scandal and turmoil and maintain control of Albany.
State Sen. Eric Schneiderman easily fended off a challenge in which his religion was made an issue in Tuesday's Democratic primary for a Senate district that includes parts of Upper Manhattan and the Bronx.
But another politician who often touted his Jewishness lost a five-way primary for a newly created Senate seat in Brooklyn.
If the black-Latino coalition forged in last year's mayoral race holds together this year, it could spell trouble for state Sen. Eric Schneiderman. The two-term Democrat is facing former Councilman Guillermo Linares, the first Dominican-American elected to public office here, in September's primary for a district that includes areas of northern Manhattan and the Bronx.
With African-American gubernatorial hopeful Carl McCall on the ticket and Latinos running in several local races, minority turnout could bode well for Linares.