The hardest names to pronounce in NY politics

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Rep. Adriano Espaillat.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and Rep. Adriano Espaillat.

New York politics can be confusing. For years, the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference helped Republicans maintain control of the state Senate. Another Democrat, state Sen. Simcha Felder, still caucuses with the GOP. In the Assembly, Democrat Erik Bohen ran and won as a Republican and now can’t caucus with either conference. Actress Cynthia Nixon, who shares a last name with (but is not related to) former Republican President Richard Nixon, is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. And everyone and their mother wants to run for state attorney general.

If that’s not confusing enough, what do you do when you struggle to pronounce the names of the politicians you are talking about? City & State is here to help with a handy-dandy guide to some of New York’s difficult to pronounce political names so you can seamlessly discuss state politics with friends, loved ones and strangers on the subway.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER-sten JILL-ih-brand) note: NOT Kristen

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
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Rep. Adriano Espaillat (ay-dree-AH-no ehs-pie-YAHT)

Rep. Elise Stefanik (eh-LEASE ste-FAHN-ick)

Rep. Thomas Suozzi (TOM-iss SWAH-zee)

Rep. Nydia Velázquez (NIH-dee-ah…

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