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Tali Farhadian Weinstein. (Photo: New Yorkers for Tali).

Two New Jerseyans, sort of, to watch in today’s NYC primary

As New Yorkers test ranked choice voting, Zwicker will be watching

By David Wildstein, June 22 2021 9:34 am

It’s Election Day in New York City, where both parties will select candidates to run in the November general election for city offices across the five boroughs.

The fate of ranked choice voting in New Jersey might depend on how it plays across the river today, where a high-profile was for the Democrats nomination for mayor will be determined by the first primary where Democrats may rank their choices and avoid a runoff election.

Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) is the sponsor of a bill that would establish ranked choice voting in New Jersey.

There’s been a lot of attention directed at the supposed Fort Lee residence of New York City mayoral candidate Eric Adams, but less about the New Jersey roots of Tali Farhadian Weinstein, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Manhattan District Attorney.

After emigrating from Iran, Farhadian Weinstein grew up in Englewood Cliffs.  She attended the Moriah School, a modern Orthodox Hebrew Day School in Englewood, and then the Frisch School, a Yeshiva in Paramus.  Her mother was a math teacher at Fair Lawn High School.  Farhadian Weinstein moved to New York after her graduation from Yale and Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

The Manhattan District Attorney has an outsized profile in regional and national politics.  That post propelled 38-year-old Thomas E. Dewey into a major contender for the 1940 Republican presidential nomination – and then to the governorship, followed by bids for the presidency in 1944 and 1948.

Frank Hogan held the job for more than 30 years, and Robert Morgenthau for 34 years.  Cyrus Vance, Jr., whose investigation of Donald Trump earned national headlines, is retiring after 12 years in the post.

Adams and his partner own an apartment in Fort Lee, where is partner lives, but he maintains that his residence is in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. He is the Brooklyn Borough President.

New Jersey has exported politicians to New York before.  Mayor Edward Koch grew up in Newark’s South Ward, and Mayor David Dinkins was raised in Trenton.

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