Vote 2022: Lawler and Maloney to face off in 17th Congressional District

One of the biggest races News 12 followed this primary is the newly drawn 17th Congressional District, which includes Rockland, northern Westchester, Putnam and part of Dutchess counties.

News 12 Staff

Aug 24, 2022, 10:32 AM

Updated 637 days ago

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One of the biggest races News 12 followed this primary is the newly drawn 17th Congressional District, which includes Rockland, northern Westchester, Putnam and part of Dutchess counties.
On the Democratic side, Rep. Shawn Patrick Maloney won against state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi.
On the Republican side, Assemblyman Mike Lawler was the winner.
Rep. Maloney came out on top against state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi by a roughly two to one margin. This was an important win for the five-term congressman as well as the Democratic party going into November's general election.
Maloney, who represents the 18th District, made the decision to move seats to the 17th in New York's chaotic redistricting process. The 17th was a district largely represented by Congressman Mondaire Jones.
As a result, the chairman of the Democratic congressional campaign committee faced backlash from those on the far left and ended up in a fierce primary with Biaggi.
Biaggi came with endorsements from squad leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and powerful progressive groups.
But Maloney had a significant cash advantage and the backing of more local leaders, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chappaqua resident, former President Bill Clinton.
This win is also important to Democrats, as it slows down the recent trend of young progressive candidates unseating powerful New York Democrats.
Both Maloney and Lawler are already trying to paint the other as extreme members of their perspective political parties.
"I think on issues like gun violence and on reproductive freedom, he's badly out of the mainstream," says Maloney about Lawler.
"He has voted 100% of the time with Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden. That is not a record of moderation," says Lawler.
Political analysts say that the race is a tossup because the 17th district now has only a slight Democratic edge due to the recent districting changes.


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