41 Days To Elections, City Council, Borough President, Judges On Ballot In Local Contests
Half the Queens City Council delegation will face opposition in the November 8 general elections, while the other half has drawn no opponents and are assured of winning a second term.
Also on the ballot seeking a second four-year term is Borough President Helen Marshall.
Democrats have nominated Civil Court Judges Stephen Knopf of Flushing and Charles Markey of Maspeth for state Supreme Court judgeships. Knopf comes out of former Councilmember Morton Povman’s political organization. Markey is the husband of Assemblymember Margaret Markey.
Three Civil Court judge elections will round out the ballot.
In the City Council contests, all the incumbents are Democrats. They and their colleagues who are unopposed are all seeking a second four-year term which will be their final one under the Term Limits law.
In the Northeast Queens 19th District, Councilmember Tony Avella (Bayside) will again be opposed by Peter T. Boudouvas of Flushing, who ran against Avella four years ago and lost. Boudouvas is running as a Republican–Conservative (R-C).
In nearby Flushing, Councilmember John Liu (20th District) is opposed by Raquel Lacomba Walker on the Conservative Party (C) line. Liu has the Independence (I) and Working Families (WF) Parties’ lines also.
Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. is running on the R–C lines as well as on his Democratic Party line. He is again opposed by Jerry Kann of the Green Party. Kann, an Astoria proofreader was defeated twice previously by Vallone, the Astoria–Long Island City representative.
In the 24th District (Fresh Meadows/Kew Gardens Hills); Councilmember James Gennaro of Jamaica Estates, will be the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate against Stephen Lynch of Kew Gardens Hills, the Republican choice, and Renee Lobo of Rego Park, the Independence Party candidate. Lobo was defeated by Gennaro in the recent Democratic Primary.
Councilmember Helen Sears (Jackson Heights) also has the Democratic and Working Families party lines on the ballot in the 25th District race in Jackson Heights/Elmhurst. One of Sears’ opponents is Rodolfo Flores of Jackson Heights, who she defeated in the Democratic primary. A second opponent is Masud M. Rahman of Elmhurst, who is the Republican Party candidate.
In the Long Island City/Woodside 26th District, Councilmember Eric Gioia is opposed by Nancy Hanks of Sunnyside on the Independence Party line and Robin Sklar of Woodside, on the Green Party line. Sklar is a community organizer, educator and small business owner.
Rounding out the City Council races, former Councilmember Thomas White Jr. won the Democratic Party primary to become his party’s candidate in Jamaica’s 28th District.
White is opposed by Republican Jereline Hunter of Jamaica and Charles A Bilal of Rosedale on the Independence Party line.
Councilmember Allan W. Jennings, who White defeated in the primary as the Queens Democratic organization candidate, is in court demanding a new primary election on the grounds that the city Board of Elections was late delivering voting machines to neighborhoods favorable to Jennings; thus hurting his election chances.
The incumbent councilmembers who have no opposition on Election Day are: Hiram Monserrate (Corona–21st District), David Weprin (Hollis–23rd District), Leroy Comrie (St. Albans–27th District), Melinda Katz (Forest Hills–29th District), Dennis Gallagher (Middle Village–30th District), James Sanders Jr. (Rockaways–31st District) and Joseph Addabbo Jr. (Ozone Park–32nd District).
All are Democrats, except Gallagher, who is the only Republican in the council from Queens.
Borough President Helen Marshall is opposed by Republican/Conservative Philip T. Sica of Queens Village, in her race for re-election. Marshall also has the Working Families Party line on the ballot.
Sica, a pastor is running for two reasons, according to associates: a Republican has not opposed a borough president candidate for a long time, and he also feels he has a chance to win for reasons he will enunciate in his campaign.
It appears that Democrats will win the three civil court judgeship races on the ballot. Candidates Maureen A. Healy and Steven W. Paynter, both of Douglaston, are Democrats who have also been officially endorsed by the Republican and Conservative Party organizations, so there’s little doubt that they will win their elections.
Vying for the third seat on the bench are Thomas D. Raffaele of Jackson Heights, a Democrat, and Theodore A. Stamas of Whitestone, a Republican. The Democrats’ heavy edge in registration gives Raffaele the better chance of winning.