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Queens Dems take general election

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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There were no surprises in this year’s general election, as all the Queens Democratic candidates won their races.

Many of the congressional, Assembly and state Senate Democratic candidates running in the borough this year were only facing third-party challengers.

The ones that were not still bested their GOP rivals by a good number of votes.

The hotly contested races already took place during the September primary, specifically between Tony Avella and John Liu in the 11th state Senate district and Malcolm Smith and Leroy Comrie in the 14th state Senate district.

Avella, the incumbent, narrowly beat Liu, the former city comptroller, while Comrie, a former city councilman, defeated state Senator Smith, who is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, in a landslide.

Though Avella had to still take on Green Party candidate Paul Gilman, Comrie was uncontested in the general election and the only non-incumbent who won.

Other Queens electeds who faced no challengers on Nov. 4 included U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, state Sens. James Sanders Jr., Jose Peralta, Toby Ann Stavisky, and Assembly members Phil Goldfeder, David Weprin, Nily Rozic, Ed Braunstein, Michael Simanowitz, Andrew Hevesi, William Scarborough, Margaret Markey, Michele Titus, Vivian Cook, Barbara Clark, Michael DenDekker, Jeffrion Aubry, Aravella Simotas, Mike Miller and Francisco Moya.

Sanders, Stavisky and Markey were the only ones who had to secure their seats in the September primary.

Scarborough, who has represented the 29th Assembly District in southeast Queens for two decades, faces legal troubles, however, after being arrested on state and federal corruption charges last month. He is accused of stealing campaign funds and collecting travel reimbursement checks through the voucher system, which each legislator gets when he or she is in the state capital, even when he was not there.

U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Steve Israel, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Ron Kim all retained their seats over Republican opponents.

Israel and Addabbo had the two closest races of the night in Queens. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Israel received 54.5 percent of the vote, while his GOP challenger Grant Lally earned 45.5 percent, according to unofficial results. Addabbo beat his Republican opponent Michael Conigliaro 55.1 to 44.9 percent, with 3,632 votes separating the two.

Fellow incumbents U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Joseph Crowley, state Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, who were only up against third-party challengers, easily won their races.

Outside of the borough, Gov. Andrew Cuomo won his re-election bid against Republican Rob Astorino. Cuomo, with his running mate for lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, earned 54 percent of the vote with 99.5 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results, while Astorino and his candidate for lieutenant governor, Chris Moss, received 40.6 percent.

In other statewide elections State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also faced Republican challengers and won the majority of the votes.

“I feel good about what we did and I feel good about how we did it,” Cuomo said in his victory speech. “Our efforts were all about unifying people and growing the state. We said that New York is at its best when it acts like a family, honoring each other’s rights and responsibilities.” 


James makes history with public advocate win; Stringer elected as comptroller

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The city has elected its new public advocate and comptroller— Letitia James and Scott Stringer.

Councilmember James’ win makes New York City history. As the next public advocate, she is the first woman of color to hold citywide office.

“Yes, this is indeed historic because our government must be representative of all New Yorkers,” James said in her victory speech.

“Although history is important and I am incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished together, what I’m really proud of is of the fact that we ran a campaign centered on progressive ideals and a commitment to New York’s working families,” she added.

James, who faced no Republican in Tuesday’s general election, won with 84 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

The November 5 election was the third time voters could cast their ballots for James in the public advocate race.

James placed first in the September Democratic primary with 36 percent of the vote, but it wasn’t enough to reach the 40 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.

In the October 1 runoff, James, who represents District 35, faced off against fellow Brooklyn politician State Senator Daniel Squadron. She won with 59.4 percent of the vote.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer did have a Republican opponent in the comptroller race, John Burnett, a former Wall Street executive, but easily won with 81 percent of the vote, with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

“I want everyone in this city to know that I will be a comptroller who serves our city with honesty and integrity. A comptroller who listens to the voices of New Yorkers in all five boroughs so that we can work together in shaping the future of this great city,” Stringer said in his victory speech.

Like James, his biggest challenge came in the primary.

Stringer was looking at a guaranteed Democratic nomination until former governor Eliot Spitzer decided to enter the race in July.

Though Spitzer had the stigma of a prostitution scandal that forced him to resign as governor in 2008, initial polls showed him ahead. But in the days before the election, they rightfully predicted a close race. Stringer defeated Spitzer with 52.1 percent of the vote.

Updated 2:05 a.m.




By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Check back here for continuing Election Day coverage from the casting of ballots to the election results.

11: 41 p.m.: According to the New York Times, Melinda Katz has been projected the winner of the Queens borough president race, and the following City Council candidates have also been projected as winners:

District 19: Democrat Paul Vallone

District 20: Democrat Peter Koo

District 21: Julissa Ferreras (running unopposed)

District 23: Mark Weprin

District 25: Daniel Dromm  (running unopposed)

District 26: James Van Bramer (running unopposed)

District 27: Daneek Miller

District 28: Ruben Wills

District 30: Elizabeth Crowley

District 31: Donovan Richards


THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

11:24 p.m.: Councilmember Eric Ulrich declares victory in District 32 race.

10:40 p.m.: Newly elected mayor Bill de Blasio gives victory speech.

“Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city united by a belief that our city should leave no New Yorker behind,” he said.

9:59 p.m.: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and city comptroller candidate gives victory speech.

“This victory of ours did not come easy. It was a long journey, but it was worth it,” he said.

9:56 p.m.: Councilmember Letitia James, who gave her victory speech a little after 9 p.m., projected as winner in public advocate race.

9:48 p.m.: Melinda Katz gives her victory speech for Queens borough president.

“We sent a message from the moment I announced my candidacy that we are a borough of diversity …” she said.

9:47 p.m.: Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota gives his concession speech.

“It was a good fight and it was a fight worth having,”  said Lhota.

9:08 p.m.: Democrat Bill de Blasio is projected as winner of mayor’s race, according to reports.

“.@BilldeBlasio has the experience to run #NYC, a compelling vision for its future and he and his family epitomize the New York story.” Governor Andrew Cuomo, who endorsed de Blasio, tweeted about 30 minutes later.


Photo courtesy of Lew Simon’s campaign 

12:00 p.m.: Lew Simon, the Democratic candidate in the City Council District 32 race, voted at PS 114 in Belle Harbor.

“The positive response we’re getting is really humbling, so I’m very hopeful.  The voters know me, and they know how hard I work and how much I care about our neighborhoods  They’re ready for a councilmember who will work for them “25/7″ to get our communities rebuilt, to increase street safety and get the attention we need from City Hall,” he said.


THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano 

11:30 a.m.: City Council District 22 Democratic candidate Costa Constantinides voted at PS 85 in Astoria with his wife and son.

“We’re very grateful for all the support we’ve been getting,” he said.

“We’re excited, it has been a very exciting day. We’ve been campaigning and talking to voters.”


Screenshot via Twitter/@Stringer2013

11:28 a.m.: City comptroller candidate and Manhattan Borough Manhattan President Scott Stringer votes with his son by his side.


Photo courtesy of  Bill de Blasio campaign 

10:50 a.m.: Bill de Blasio voting today in Park Slope.


Photo courtesy of the NYC Mayor’s Office’s Flickr/Photo by  Kristen Artz

10:48 p.m.: Mayor Michael Bloomberg voting for his successor this morning.


THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre 

10:07 a.m.: Republican candidate in the City Council District 30 race, Craig Caruana, cast his ballot at St. Margaret School in Middle Village. “I got a great response so we feel good,” he said.


THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre 

9:3o a.m.: District 30 Councilmember and incumbent candidate Elizabeth Crowley voted at PS 113 in Glendale.


Photo courtesy of Daniel Lee

8:29 a.m.: City Council District 22 Green Party candidate Lynne Serpe voted this morning at PS 171 in Long Island City.

“Change is in the air. I’m looking forward to the next several hours of conversations with my fellow community members about the important issues in our district. I love Election Day,” said Serpe.


Screenshot via Twitter/@AdolfoCarrion

8:24 a.m.: Independence mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrion Jr. casts his ballot.


Photo by Terence M. Cullen

8:08 a.m.: Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota meets and greets voters with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at the 86th Street 4/5/6 subway stop at the corner of 86th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.


Photo courtesy of Councilmember Ulrich

7:30 a.m.: Councilmember Eric Ulrich, the incumbent in the District 32 race, cast his ballot early this morning.


6:33 a.m.: Polls are open and close at 9 p.m. According to the Board of Elections, you can find your poll site location online at http://nyc.pollsitelocator.com or by calling the voter Phone Bank at 1-866-VOTE-NYC.

Street Talk: Will you be voting on November 5? Why or why not?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Street Talk election

Yes, because my theory is that everybody has great ideas and it’s good to share them with the general public. It’s good to exercise your right to vote to see the outcomes of what some people are actually saying.
David Lipscomb

This time no, because it seems that every time we try to make a change with whichever party is chosen, there is no change. There’s always an agenda, so no matter who voted or how, they voted, the agenda is always the most important thing.
Jose Rodriguez

Yes, because I think the issues are important. In a way, I do feel like the government is going to do whatever it wants anyway.
David Burks

I’m not voting. I’m not really feeling it this year.
Maggie Gaydar

I’m not a resident here, although if I were, I would vote.
Michael Smith

I’m voting, but I won’t be voting in New York because I’m registered in California. But I’ll be voting because I think it’s important.
Hannah Armour

I’m not going to vote because I’m not a citizen. If I were, then I would take the time to learn more about who’s running and what they stand for, because I think voting is very important.
Sara Araujo

Yes, I will be voting because that’s what keeps the wheels of Democracy turning. Even if my candidate doesn’t win, I’ll know I did my part.
Tevin Robinson




October 12 last day to register for general election, mayoral primary

| brennison@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/photo by Alexa Altman

If you want to cast a ballot in this year’s presidential election — or next year’s mayoral primary — October 12 is the last day to register to vote.

New York ranks near the bottom of the country in voter registration; less than 64 percent of eligible residents are registered to vote, ranking the state 47th in the nation.

Click here to find out if you’re registered to vote

To be able to vote in the general elections — which includes president, Congress, Senate and state offices — on November 6, your application must be postmarked no later than Friday, October 12 and received by October 17. You may also register in person at your local Board of Elections or any voter registration center.  Change of addresses must also be received by October 17.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new initiative in August — online registration — to help increase voter numbers.

According to the governor’s office, registration rates jumped from 28 to 53 percent among voters 18 to 24 in Arizona after online registration was introduced.

Residents can now log on to their computers to register to vote, change their address or update party enrollment.

If you want to register electronically, you can now visit the Department of Motor Vehicle’s “MyDMV” web site.  You will also be able to register paper-free at local DMV offices.

Though it is nearly a year away, unregistered voters or those wishing to switch parties have until October 12 if they would like to vote in the 2013 mayoral primary elections.  City residents cannot change enrollment and vote in that parties primary in the same year.

The city’s Board of Elections website says, “The last day to change your enrollment is the same as the last day to register for the General Election.”

According to the New York Times, “The law is rooted in the notion that closed primaries should not be raided, at the last minute, by outsiders who may want to pick, say, a weaker candidate to run against their preferred choice in a general election.”