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One Last Look! The NY-17 Congressional Candidates

As we approach the Democratic Primary, Black Westchester thought we would give you one last look at the NY-17 Congressional Candidates. We interviewed as many as we could. Only two on the candidates we able to actually come in to the studio before we had to start observing the social distancing restrictions. The remaining candidates had to be interviewed via video and we navigated through the new normal.

Below are the interviews with the candidate running to represent New York’s 17th congressional district, which includes Rockland and northern Westchester Counties so you can check out all in one place, watched the ones you missed, or just check them out one more time before you cast your ballot. It is our hope that it will help you make an informed decision when you cast your ballot.

Our first interview was with National Security Expert, Combat Veteran, Mother, and professor Asha Castleberry Hernandez who stopped by the PBP Radio studio, Sunday, December 15, 2019, to discuss her congressional candidacy (see video below). She currently teaches Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy at Baruch College. For more information on Asha Castleberry-Hernandez you follow her on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and check out her website.

The next candidate we interviewed was  Lawyer, Nonprofit Leader, Activist, and champion of children and working families Mondaire Jones, who stopped by the People Before Politics Radio Show, Sunday, Dec 22, 2019, to discuss why he feels he is the candidate you should vote in the June 2020 Democratic Primary. For more information on Mondaire Jones check out his website and follow on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

Then we interviewed former National Security Advisor who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, and MSNBC Analyst Evelyn Farkas on Sunday, May 3, 2020. For more information on Evelyn Farkas check out her website and follow her on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Next up was Westchester County Legislator (District 7) Catherine Parker who helped found Indivisible Westchester and is an Environmental Activist. We interviewed her via video Sunday, May 17th (see video below). For more information on NY-17 Congressional Candidate Catherine Parker you can go to her website or follow her on Facebook & Twitter

[Editor’s Note: County Legislator Catherine Parker dropped out the race, Friday, May 29th and then there were seven. But I left her interview up if anyone wants to see it]

Then we interviewed former Assistant United States Attorney and New York State consumer-protection regulator Adam Schleifer, Sunday, May 24th. For more information on Adam Schleifer check out his website and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Then we interviewed author, social change thought leader, and nonprofit founder, Allison Fine, Sunday, June 7th. For more information on Allison Fine check out her website, and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

NYS Assemblyman (District 93), David Buchwald. For more information on David Buchwald check out his website and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

We were able to lock down an interview with State Senator David Carlucci’s campaign. But for more information about David Carlucci check out his website and follow him on Facebook, and Twitter.

Here is one last look at most of the candidates, if you are still undecided and have not participated in early voting, feel free to check out the candidates in their Black Westchester interviews one more time so you can make an informed decision at the ballot box on Tuesday, June 23rd. We cannot tell you who to vote for but we encourage all who are registered to get up, get out and vote.


About AJ Woodson (2370 Articles)
AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Brother, Author, Writer, Journalism Fellow, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale,,, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.
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