SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Voters throughout the newly formed 16th Congressional District will head to the polls Tuesday for a Democratic Congressional Primary to choose between two candidates who hope to represent them.
The recently redistricted area includes the southern part of Westchester County and a piece of the north Bronx. Most of the area was formerly a part the 18th Congressional District, represented by Democrat Nita Lowey, who chose not to run in the new district. A small portion of constituents now in the 16th District were also represented by Eliot Engel in the 17th District.
Engel is now hopeful of representing the new district. He will put his 24 years of congressional experience against Aniello Grimaldi, a lawyer with 38 years of experience who has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Bronx and a New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor.
Engel said that the experience he has sets him apart from his competition.
“I served 12 years in the New York State Assembly and achieved a record strong enough to persuade people to elect me to Congress,” he said. “They have done so 11 more times since, giving me 24 years in Congress. The experience that I have garnered makes me the best candidate to represent the newly formed 16th Congressional District.”
Because he’s served in the 17th District – which also has constituents in parts of Westchester and the Bronx – Engel said he is already tapped into what matters the most to residents: education, affordable health care and a revived economy. He specifically noted the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) and reform of the “No Child Left Behind” program as two priorities.
“The challenges [of the redistricting] are less than one would imagine, because families from all over New York, and the county, have the same basic concerns,” he said. “These are issues for which I have been a strong advocate in Congress.”
Grimaldi did not return inquiries from the Daily Voice. His website states he is an opponent of the “No Child Left Behind” policy.
“[The program] emphasizes educating children to pass a reading and math test, which puts too much pressure on students and teachers,” it says. “The primary goal of education is the development of the person, not their ability to take a test. I support aid to parents who pay for parochial education.”
His website highlights his plan to increase the creation of jobs. He favors economic zones, which would give businesses cheap financial aid to cultivate business in the country. He supports a reduction of corporate tax rates to make American business more competitive, and to “stimulate the creation of jobs.” To stimulate competition in the fashion industry, he proposes a tax freeze for new manufacturers.
Voters can make their choice Tuesday at polling places throughout the district.