Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez is being challenged by businessman Yungman Lee and lawyer Jeff Kurzon. East River Democrats will have a chance to vote in a primary on June 28.
Lee is president and CEO of Global Bank in Chinatown. Kurzon challenged Velazquez in 2014 and was soundly defeated. Velazquez has been a member of congress since 1993, but has represented our neighborhood only since 2013.
Lee obviously wants to use incumbency against Velazquez. His first campaign mailing arrived this weekend, calling Velazquez an ineffective “politics as usual” representative and linking her indirectly to former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.