AOC organizer to challenge Benedetto ‘for real this time’


Progressive Democrat Jonathan Soto was the third candidate to announce that he is challenging longtime state Assemblyman Michael Benedetto in the June primary, but it’s not his first time seeking out the position.

Soto, of Throggs Neck, announced in June 2019 he would challenge Benedetto in the 2020 Democratic primaries, but dropped out in September because he was preoccupied rebuilding a school in Puerto Rico, representing former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Hurricane Maria relief efforts.