Engel joins Medicare for All Caucus


U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel has joined more than 60 other House Democrats to form the new congressional Medicare for All Caucus.

“I’ve always held a firm belief that health care is a right, not a privilege,” Engel said, in a release. “That’s why I helped craft the Affordable Care Act. But a Medicare for All system is truly the best way to afford every American the health care they need.”

Engel continues his 15-year co-sponsorship of the Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act, which has never made it out of the House.


Conservation voters choose Dinowitz

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz picked up a good boost to his re-election campaign, winning the endorsement of the New York League of Conservation Voters.

The group has cited Dinowitz’s work on tax credits for hybrid and electric vehicles, green roof tax credits, and smoking in parks and other public places.


Cohen ready to take bench

Dan Padernacht might not be running too early after all.

Councilman Andrew Cohen has confirmed publicly what has been one of the politics worst-kept secrets: he wants to become a judge. And that appointment, at least according to the Norwood News, could come sooner rather than later.

“If it comes this year, I’m going to be ready,” Cohen said. “If it comes next year, that would be good. I’d be thrilled to serve in that capacity.”

Such a nomination before Cohen’s term expires in 2021 would set up a special election — something Padernacht would be primed to join since his campaign already is underway.

But he’s not alone. Eric Dinowitz, a local educator who also is the son of Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, told the newspaper he’s formed a campaign committee to “be prepared for when Andy Cohen steps down.”


Borough president backs Jeffrey Klein

State Sen. Jeff Klein pulled in yet another elected official behind his campaign for re-election, earning the support of Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr.

“Since I became borough president nine years ago, I have had a strong partner in government in Sen. Klein,” Diaz said, in a release. “Time and time again, he has stood with my office to deliver on the issues that matter to Bronx residents.”

Klein faces a primary challenge from Alessandra Biaggi.