David Stone
Representative Carolyn Maloney at Roosevelt Island Day, 2017.
Representative Carolyn Maloney at Roosevelt Island Day, 2017.
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On Monday at a memorial for four homeless men slain in Chinatown, 12th District Congressional Representative Carolyn Maloney nearly passed out and was hospitalized. At 73, Maloney is New York City's second oldest member of the House after José Serrano, who is retiring. She again faces a strong primary challenge in next year's election from progressive Suraj Patel and others.

Rep. Maloney has represented the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island since 1993 when she unseated Republican 15 year incumbent Bill Green. A tenacious campaigner, Maloney greeted Roosevelt Islanders on a RIOC Red Bus circling Main Street in her bid.

But times have changed, and like other established Democrats in Congress, she's facing a progressive primary challenge. Suraj Patel, who pulled an impressive 45% of the vote against her in 2018, announced another run last month.

 Seen as part of an ineffective establishment by progressives, Maloney is vulnerable on several fronts.

Maloney brushed off the medical episode in a statement later on Monday.   “This morning, I began to feel faint at a public event, and out of an abundance of caution, sought medical attention," she said. “I am recovering from bronchitis, and probably should have stayed home."   Her campaign is expected to continue.