Northern BK state senate race heats up as Rep. Niou challenges Brian Kavanagh


Manhattan Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou is challenging state Sen. Brian Kavanagh, who represents the northern Brooklyn waterfront, in next summer’s Democratic primary — saying the longtime incumbent has failed to deliver “progressive change” throughout his five years in Albany’s upper chamber. 

“New Yorkers need more than a legislator,” Niou said in a statement. “We need an activist and an advocate who can translate this huge moment into real, lasting, progressive change. We have an opportunity to build a government that sees and protects all New Yorkers — including our working families who keep our city running and our loved ones alive, only to be disproportionately hurt first by the pandemic and now by skyrocketing rents and the historic gap between the rick and the rest of us.”