Charges of nepotism and concerns over support for the primary winner highlight CD-13 Republican debate


In what, at times, resembled more of a circus-like atmosphere than a political debate, the three Republican candidates in the New York City Council District 13 race took jabs at each other often during an acrimonious Schneps Media/PoliticsNY virtual debate last week — with one of the candidates threatening to not support the establishment’s choice in November.

Hasime “Samantha” Zherka — an insurance adjustor in Throggs Neck who is running for council after coming off a loss to former state Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez for the state’s 34th Senatorial seat last November — said she wouldn’t back the Bronx GOP pick Kristy Marmorato if she wins next week’s primary during Wednesday night’s debate.