A number of other candidates have won tough races tonight. As the results come trickling in, here are some notable ones:
Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., currently facing federal charges that he solicited bribes to pay his legal bills in an unrelated federal corruption case, won against a slew of challengers. Six opponents split the anti-Boyland vote, allowing him to skate by with a weak plurality.
State Senator Shirley Huntley, indicted a couple weeks ago on charges that she helped deliver member items to a sham non-profit, lost to Councilman James Sanders, who waged an aggressive campaign and managed to turn out his base in a seat made less favorable to Ms. Huntley in redistricting.
It’s Election Day in New York next Thursday! But instead of a titanic battle between ideologies–your Mitt Romneys vs. Barack Obamas, if you will–the options on the ballot will be little-noticed state legislative contests between candidates of the same party, often with few policy differences.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has maintained warm relations with the Republican Majority in the State Senate, seems to be on an aggressive path to repair some last-minute bridges with their Democratic counterparts before state legislators face competitive primary elections this Thursday. Over the last few days, Mr. Cuomo has endorsed Senators Adriano Espaillat and Neil Breslin, leading him to a complete hat trick when he endorsed Senator Toby Ann Stavisky for reelection earlier this morning.
“I am proud to support my good friend Toby Stavisky because she has been a fierce advocate for her community in the State Senate,” Mr. Cuomo declared in a statement. “As a former public school teacher, Toby has worked to make quality higher education accessible to all New Yorkers. I know that whether it is raising the minimum wage, enacting new laws to curb gun violence, or passing historic ethics reforms, her constituents can count on Toby Stavisky to represent them with distinction.”
Back in March of this year, Democratic State Senate candidate John Messer, an attorney and businessman, pledged to invest half of a million dollars into his own campaign. Of course, lots of candidates pledge to spend large amounts, and, as can be seen in the case of Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos’ campaign for the U.S. Senate, even money loaned to an electoral effort can be retracted. Mr. Messer, however, appears like he’s fully on track to meet his promise as he seeks to unseat incumbent Queens Senator Toby Ann Stavisky.
A D.J. played fast dance beats as attorney John Messer took the stage at the Flushing Mall this afternoon to formally announce his campaign against State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky in this year’s Democratic primary. Introducing and endorsing Mr. Messer first was Isaac Sasson, who ran against both Mr. Messer and Ms. Stavisky in 2010. This election, Mr. Messer pointed out, will be a more direct, one-on-one battle.
“The reason why she won is that we had three people in that election,” he explained at the start of his speech. “Everybody knows that when you bring more people into a race and you divide the vote, it gives an opportunity for an incumbent to win even though they don’t have a majority of the votes.”
“So the reason why we’re really excited in this election, guess how many people are going to be on the ballot?” he continued. “Two!”
State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, who recently announced she’s moving into, and campaigning for, a newly created Asian-majority district (that still contains most of her pre-redistricting electoral territory), has consolidated the backing of every Asian-American elected official in New York City.
Councilman Peter Koo, Comptroller John Liu, and Assemblywoman Grace Meng all endorsed Ms. Stavisky at her endorsement event last week and the lone straggler, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, joined the crowd today, according to an announcement from Ms. Stavisky’s campaign.