Rumble in the Bronx: special elections set for NYC Council seats

Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News

This spring will bring a rumble in the Bronx — times two.

Special elections for recently vacated City Council seats in the 11th and 15th Districts are set for March 23, Mayor de Blasio said Monday.

Rep. Ritchie Torres recently stepped down from the 15th District seat covering Bedford Park, Fordham, Mount Hope, Belmont, East Tremont and Van Nest to become a member of Congress.

Candidates to succeed him include Community Board 7 District Manager Ischia Bravo, lefty Bronx borough president staffer Elisa Crespo and Julian Sepúlveda, an Education Department worker and son of state Sen. Luis Sepúlveda (D-Bronx).

Andrew Cohen left his 11th District seat covering the northwest Bronx to become a state supreme court judge.

Contenders in that race include local political scion Eric Dinowitz, environmental advocate Jessica Haller and former Community Board 8 Chairman Dan Padernacht.

De Blasio said he congratulated Torres in a Sunday phone call.

“He was, in our conversation, intensely focused on making sure New York City got its fair share of federal aid going forward, and I thank him for that focus,” Hizzoner said.

The winners of the special elections will hold office until the end of the year, a city Board of Elections spokeswoman confirmed. There’s still a Democratic primary in June and general election in November for the 2022-2025 Council terms.