By PoliticsNY Staff | November 11, 2021
U.S. Rep. Jammal Bowman (D-Bronx/Westchester), who along with U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-Queens/Bronx) were the only two New York City Area Congress members to vote against the recently passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill, is expected to get a strong primary challenge from New Rochelle Democrat Manuel Casanova in next year’s congressional primary.
Bowman, a member of the far-left Democratic Socialists of America, beat 16-term incumbent Eliot Engel in 2020, but his failure to vote for the infrastructure package that is expected to bring roughly $26 billion to the city and state may make him vulnerable to losing the seat.
“I am appalled and dismayed that Rep. Jamaal Bowman would vote against a bill that would create millions of jobs, rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, ensure clean water for all, drastically improve transportation and combat climate change,” Casanova said. “And while I applaud President Biden and Congress for passing this landmark legislation, I am extremely disappointed that our community’s own representative voted against helping his own neighbors.”
Casanova is a naturalized citizen from Chile. He is a Democratic District Leader, member of the Hispanic Democrats, Westchester Democrats, Fuerza Latina, and Indivisibles New Rochelle.