DID State Legislature and AD 65 State Committee Candidate Forum

Please join us as we host this first of multiple forums for the 2022 elections. RSVP below to receive confirmation and Zoom details.

At this forum we will hear from candidates for the following positions:

  • NYS Assembly District 65
  • NYS Assembly District 66
  • NYS Senate District 26
  • NYS Senate District 27
  • Democratic State Committee AD 65

These are all the NYS legislative districts, as now structured, in the DID coverage area.

State Committee candidates for AD 66 will be invited to participate at our congressional forum to be held on January 23rd.

Forum format:
  • Each candidate will have 20 minutes.
    • 5 minutes for opening statement
    • 15 minutes for Q & A from club members
  • For uncontested races, candidates will have a total of 10 minutes - 3 minutes for statement and 7 minutes for Q & A
  • For the opening statement we have asked the candidates to include a response to these questions:
    • What are the biggest issues you want to solve this year?
    • How are they specific to Downtown?
    • How are they specific to the office you are running for
  • We will limit questions to 30 to 45 seconds and have asked the candidates to keep answers to two minutes or less.
  • The candidates will present in order by office and last-name alphabetical. 

Candidate order and approximate time-slot:

  • NYS Assembly District 65 - begin 1:05 pm
    • Justine Cuccia
    • Grace Lee
    • Illapa Sairitupac
    • Jasmin Sanchez
  • NYS Senate District 26 - begin 2:25 pm
    • Vittoria Fariello
    • Brian Kavanagh
    • Yuh-Line Niou
  • NYS Assembly District 66 begin 3:25 pm
    • Deborah Glick
    • Rydell Kessler
  • NYS Senate District 27 - begin 4:05 pm
    • Brad Hoylman
  • Democratic State Committee AD 65 - begin 4:15 pm
    • M - Joshua Goodman
    • F - Jenny Low

DID Members

At the end of the candidate section, DID members only will remain on the Zoom to debate and vote on the club endorsements.

We expect to begin the debate and endorsement section no later than 4:40 pm. 

We understand that candidacies and, with redistricting, district lines may change. We will look to address those changes should they occur. Because of the number of state and federal electoral seats in the DID coverage area, the short timeline to petitioning, and the uncertainty of both the redistricting and petitioning timelines, we cannot delay these forums and provide our members with a fair representation of the candidates.


January 09, 2022 at 1:00pm - 4pm



Will you come?