By WILLIAM NEUMAN
Adriano Espaillat’s victory in a Democratic primary for a New York congressional seat was a watershed for Dominican immigrants hoping to send one of their own to Washington for the first time.
Although his triumph in the November general election is virtually assured in the heavily Democratic 13th Congressional District in Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, Mr. Espaillat’s battles are not over.
He is backing a Dominican woman, Marisol Alcantara, in the Sept. 13 Democratic primary to choose a candidate to replace him in the State Senate — a contest that could be a measure of whether his earlier victory augurs an increase in the influence of Dominican voters in New York City and his own status as a potential kingmaker.
Mr. Espaillat is also asserting his influence in a State Assembly race, where he has supported another Dominican woman, Carmen De La Rosa, who served as his campaign manager in the congressional primary and as the chief of staff to Ydanis Rodriguez, a Dominican city councilman.