New York’s political heavyweights began flying to Puerto Rico on Wednesday, fresh off Election Day, for the influential annual SOMOS conference promoting Latino representation in government.
The five-day event in San Juan — coming as next year’s crowded New York governor’s race and City Council speaker contest take shape — is considered key to starting new alliances and cementing old ones.
Organized by the prominent nonprofit, the event features political maneuvering and hobnobbing at workshops, receptions, conferences and parties.
The gatherings are typically attended by a who’s who of elected officials, lobbyists, operatives, organized labor leaders and other insiders, and this year will be no different.
“A lot of deals get cut at SOMOS,” a labor and political campaign operative told The Post. “It’s a lot of people hanging out at hotels and gossiping, getting information from different people.”
On Wednesday morning, state Attorney General Letitia James, who just announced she is running against Gov. Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary in June, was spotted at Kennedy Airport for an 11:30 a.m. flight to the yearly political affair.
Hochul — who soon after taking office declared she will run for a full term — is set to arrive in Puerto Rico on Thursday and stay until Saturday, according to sources with knowledge of her plans. She will host a reception Friday evening on the Caribbean island.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been taking steps toward a run for governor, revealed during a virtual press briefing that he will be headed to Puerto Rico on Thursday, too.
The lame-duck mayor plans to stay through the weekend, a City Hall rep told The Post.
His successor, Eric Adams, is planning to arrive in Puerto Rico on Friday and then go on to the Dominican Republic, a source familiar with his travel plans told The Post.
Top Adams campaign staffer Jose Bayona and Brooklyn Borough Hall senior adviser Stefan Ringel were to arrive in Puerto Rico on Wednesday, two days ahead of their boss, Brooklyn’s current borough president.
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson — who will be out of elected office next year thanks to term limits and his city comptroller primary loss over the summer to fellow Councilman Brad Lander — told a reporter while boarding a plane to the island that this year’s conference will be his last.
US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was expected to be at the event Friday and Saturday.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli took a JetBlue flight out of Queens on Wednesday morning and is scheduled to host a “meet and greet” in the evening.
State Sen. Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins is set to fly down Thursday and leave Friday.
Progressive State Sen. Jessica Ramos of Queens and ex- Bronx Assemblyman Marcos Crespo hopped on an early Wednesday plane out of JFK. State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was also on a flight to the conference Wednesday.
State Assemblywoman Maritza Davila of Bushwick, Brooklyn, arrived a couple days before others, since she serves as chairwoman of the Assembly’s Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force.
AG James’ chief of staff, Ibrahim Khan, who will be assembling a team as his boss tries to oust Hochul next year, took an early Wednesday flight to Puerto Rico.
Also attending the conference are: State Senate Deputy Majority Leader Mike Gianaris, City Council budget committee chair Daniel Dromm, who represents parts of Queens; Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D- Forest Hills) Councilwoman Diana Ayala (D-East Harlem), a contender to be the next speaker; outgoing Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.; Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz (D – Jackson Heights) building service worker union 32BJ head Kyle Bragg, Johnson’s chief of staff and lobbyist Jason Goldman; Assemblywoman Carmen De la Rosa (D-Upper Manhattan; state Sen. Gustavo (D- The Bronx), and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.