State Senate District 26

The 26th Senate District encompasses Dumbo and Brooklyn Heights along the water south to Sunset Park and Fort Hamilton. 

View the SD-26-specific August Voter Guide as a PDF here.


About the candidate: State Senator Andrew Gounardes is a well-regarded leader in what is currently the 22nd State Senate District, known for bridging political differences in the district while also maintaining a consistently progressive voting record in the Senate. He was first elected in 2018, as a Democrat, beating longtime Republican incumbent Marty Golden. While not technically the incumbent in the newly redrawn State Senate 26, Senator Gounardes already represents a significant part of the district.

What stands out about their platform or candidacy: Senator Gounardes has represented a deeply complex and diverse district and will continue doing so if reelected in district 26. He has balanced competing priorities by continuing to focus on making landmark investments into CUNY, advocating for innovative ways to improve street safety, combatting sexual harassment, and supporting the state’s public workforce.

Where you can learn more: 

  • – Senator Gounardes’ constituent portal, a key part of his commitment to transparency and engagement with constituents

Key endorsements:

  • Working Families Party
  • Comptroller Brad Lander
  • Council Member Lincoln Restler
  • Council Member Justin Brannan
  • State Senator Zellnor Myrie
  • Bay Ridge Democrats
  • Independent Neighborhood Democrats
  • 32BJ SEIU
  • Lambda Independent Democrats

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About the candidate: David Yassky is a former Council Member and was the Taxi and Limousine Commissioner under Mayor Bloomberg. He was recently a member of Major Eric Adams’ transition team. Yassky was previously a director of state policy under Andrew Cuomo.

What stands out about their platform or candidacy: We’ll note that Yassky planned to run in an open race in Senate District 23 to replace former State Senator Diane Savino, but changed his mind. 

Where you can learn more: 

Key endorsements: Yassky was called out for claiming endorsements that he did not win.

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