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Stavisky, Markey, Sanders win primary


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Three incumbent Queens elected officials have easily taken the win in the Democratic primary.

State Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, who was first elected to the state Senate in 1999 and is the only female member of the state Senate from Queens, won the race with 4,981 votes, holding onto 57.3 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results.

The Forest Hills resident ran against S.J. Jung, a Flushing resident, activist and president of the MinKwon Center for Community Action.

Assemblywoman Margaret Markey also won the primary with 1,880 votes and 75.2 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results. She has represented the 30th Assembly District, comprised of Maspeth, Woodside and parts of Long Island City, Middle Village, Astoria and Sunnyside, since 1998.

In the race for the 10th District, state Sen. James Sanders Jr., who was elected in 2012, took the win with 5,898 votes and 74.5 percent of the votes, according to unofficial results.

Photo via Twitter/@tobystavisky

Photo via Twitter/@tobystavisky

In other statewide elections, incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo easily defeated his two competitors at 61.7 percent with 93.2 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results. His running mate, lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul, also took the win with 59.7 percent of the votes. 

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Working Families Party backs State Senate hopeful James Sanders


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The Working Families Party (WFP) today officially endorsed State Senate hopeful and Councilmember James Sanders for the 10th District, with just more than a week until primaries and in the wake of incumbent Senator Shirley Huntley’s arraignment.

“On the City Council, James Sanders has proven himself to be a forceful advocate for the issues that matter most to working class New Yorkers,” said WFP Deputy Director Bill Lipton. “He’s stood up to predatory lenders and fought for quality public schools for all our children. His energy and passion for working families’ values will be a welcome addition in Albany.”

The party had not given an endorsement for the primary up to this point, a spokesperson said.

Sanders is running against Huntley and Gian Jones in a September 13 Democratic primary. Following Huntley’s arraignment for accusations that she covered up the funneling of nearly $30,000 in state money, Sanders called for his opponent to exit the race and vacate the senate seat she has held since 2007.

The councilmember, whose tenure in the council expires next year, said if elected, he would work for the middle class and working families.

“I am proud to have the support of my friends in the Working Families Party, and look forward to continuing to build our coalition of middle-class New Yorkers who want their voices heard in Albany,” Sanders said. “It’s time for leadership that understands the plight of working families and fights tirelessly on their behalf. With the help of middle class New Yorkers from throughout the 10th Senate District, I look forward to being that voice in the State Senate.”

Sanders calls for Huntley to exit Senate race


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In light of charges levied against State Senator Shirley Huntley, her primary opponent is calling for her to step down and exit the race for her seat immediately.

“With great regret, I am calling upon Senator Shirley Huntley to take the high road. Step aside so that a new voice can take over and you can deal with the legal problems you are dealing with,” said Councilmember James Sanders outside Queens County courthouse today, less than three weeks before the September 13 primary election.

Huntley was hit yesterday with conspiracy and tampering charges for allegedly attempting to cover up money her niece and aide stole from a Long Island nonprofit. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that when Huntley learned of the probe into her niece and aide, she penned a false backdated letter stating the nonprofit she founded, Parent Workshop, Inc.,  conducted workshops that never took place.

The three-time incumbent faces a fiercely contested primary in less than three weeks against Sanders and Gian Jones.

“The Senator should resign, effective immediately,” Sanders said.

The councilmember said Huntley deserves her day in court, but “you cannot deal with a 20-count indictment and effectively do the work of the people.”

This late in the game, the Board of Elections could not remove someone from the ballot, Sanders said, but a candidate could step aside and refuse to continue in the race.

Unions have contacted Sanders about switching their endorsements and the councilmember indicated some will come shortly. He added he looks forward to a “necessary” conversation with the Queens County Democrats, who endorsed Huntley, about possibly switching their support.