Wednesday night was the Socially Distanced Bronx Democratic County Committee meeting, and then the election of a new Bronx Democratic County Leader. The event was held at Monroe College with minimal attendance. proxy voting, and a Zoom link.
In the County Committee meeting Assemblywoman Latoya Joiner was re-elected as the Bronx Democratic County Committee Chair, and the meeting ended rather quickly with only minor technical problems.
It was then on to the meeting to elect a new county leader. We predicted that Senator Bailey would be the new Bronx Democratic County Leader in a photo one month ago naming him as such. There had been talk of a challenger, but that was all just talk as the person named Assemblyman Victor Pichardo was the person who nominated Senator Bailey for County Leader. After a few seconds of the nomination the vote was called. We had predicted that Senator Bailey would win easily, but that it would not be unanimous. We expected one or more district leaders to abstain rather than vote no against Senator Bailey, and our prediction was right on the money. 78th A.D. Female District Leader Maria Gonzalez was absent, and 80th A.D. Female District Leader Irene Estrada abstained. Ms. Estrada would later tell me that she voted the way the people of her district wanted her to do. She also mentioned not seeing her state senator, but the 80th A.D. is represented by three different state senators, with State Senator Alessandria Biaggi representing most of the district.
New Bronx Democratic County Leader State Senator Jamaal Bailey took his seat, gave thanks to all those who voted for him, and spoke about bringing the Bronx Democratic Party forward, by involving all Bronx Democrats to help him. It should be noted that Senator Bailey like the previous county leader is a Mets fan.
Above - The County Committee meeting. (L - R) Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz who was re-elected Secretary, Assemblywoman Latoya Joiner who was re-elected Chair of the Bronx Democratic County organization, and Stanley Schein Esq.
Below - State Senator Jamaal Bailey takes his seat as the new Bronx Democratic County Leader.
Below - Bronx Democratic county Leader Jamaal Bailey speaking with fellow State Senator Gustavo Rivera.