City Councilman Ritchie Torres announced on March 17 that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. Torres is considered a frontrunner by many in the race to replace Rep. Jose E. Serrano in the 15th congressional district, which includes the South Bronx.
Candidates in the race for Congress in the South Bronx are shifting the way they run for office, amid fears stoked by the coronavirus pandemic and after Mayor Bill de Blasio urged candidates on Thursday to suspend all door-to-door canvassing in a Queens race.
Blake is the fourth candidate to file since Serrano announced in March that he would not seek reelection due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease.
State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi is leading the charge for a new campaign finance reform measure in New York State, to limit the influence of big money in state politics.
Speed cameras in school zones all over New York City were turned back on last week, after Mayor de Blasio signed an executive order that extended the program for 30 days.