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New York - 12th District

Incumbent -- Nydia M. Velazquez (D) ; Running for re-election

Safe Democratic
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CQ Politics rates this race as "Safe," meaning the incumbent party is virtually certain to win the seat.

 

District Information

District Profile from Politics in America

The 12th combines part of Manhattan's Lower East Side with portions of Brooklyn and Queens. Minorities make up nearly three-fourths of the population of this working-class Democratic bastion, which still has a Hispanic plurality (45 percent) despite a decade of demographic shifts including an influx of white and Asian residents. The 12th's economy, anchored by the health care sector, also retains some of its blue-collar legacy affiliated with industries along the East River.

Two-thirds of the 12th's residents live in Brooklyn. In its southwestern corner, the district begins in Sunset Park, home to large Hispanic, Chinese and South Asian populations. The district takes in part of Park Slope and Red Hook and then narrows along Brooklyn's waterfront before enveloping the Brooklyn Navy Yard. It also includes part of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, which has a large Polish population. New high-rises in the Greenpoint and Williamsburg industrial waterfront areas may replace historic factories and port facilities, and local residents hope to keep vibrant commercial corridors and residential areas from being dwarfed by new construction. The 12th also sends a sliver southeast, along the Brooklyn-Queens border, to the heavily Hispanic neighborhoods of Bushwick, Cypress Hills and City Line.

On the Queens side of the border, the district takes in parts of the Sunnyside and Woodside neighborhoods. Originally a heavily Irish area, the 12th's part of Queens now includes residents with a diverse mix of ethnic backgrounds, including a growing Hispanic population from many different countries. The district also includes the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges, and it crosses the East River into Manhattan to take in Chinatown, most of Little Italy, Alphabet City and the Lower East Side.

Major Industry

Health care, service

Cities

New York (pt.), 672,358

Notable

Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery has more than 560,000 interred, including Leonard Bernstein, Horace Greeley and notorious 19th-century New York politician William M. "Boss" Tweed.

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