Dominion of New York


November 8, 2011

Tuesday’s Election: What’s At Stake for Black New York?

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Written by: Kelly Virella

2008 Presidential Election in District 25, Photo by CarbonNYC


oday’s election is particularly important to black people in New York City, given the number of judicial seats that are up for grabs. Controlling these seats matters, because courts and judges often take dubious racial practices and stamp them with constitutionality. (To wit, the drug war, school re-segregation, and more.)

Moreover, controlling the local seats is actually possible, because we’re about 26 percent of the city’s population.

Today, Supreme Court Justices are being elected in every borough except the Bronx. And in three boroughs — the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island — district attorneys are being elected. In Staten Island, the district attorney contest is actually competitive.

Because Dominion of New York is so new, we’re not ready to endorse candidates or do a lot of reporting about them. But we wanted to remind you of the opportunity to vote, give you a voter preparation tool, and underscore the value of doing so. Use the document below to check out the list of candidates in each borough and district.

You never know when you might find yourself or someone you love in court and needing a fair trial.

Candidates List

About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, left to right. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Azipaybarah