2012-11-07 / Political Page

Election 2012

BY TONY BARSAMIAN

As the Gazette goes to press, the 2012 election results are not final. At the top of the ballot the race for the presidency is too close to call. President Barack Obama is in a close battle with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney. It is anticipated that the key battleground states including Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and others should reveal a winner soon. The Gazette will report the results as soon as they are available.

Locally, some races were thought to still be competitive. The biggest question will be who wins the 15th senate district, where state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D) the incumbent had a major challenge from Councilmember Eric Ulrich (R) in South and Central Queens. Hurricane Sandy could play a big role in the race as many residents, homeowners and poll sites are affected. Shuttle buses reportedly transported voters to substitute poll sites to accommodate voters who could not vote in poll sites that were inoperable. Results are not yet final. Additionally, there is a question as to whether the state will cancel the election due to a rule on the books that allows state intervention if there is less than 25 percent participation on the part of the electorate.

The other races in Queens seemed fairly certain in advance of Tuesday, Nov. 6. For the U.S. Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic senator from New York, was expected to win easily over her opponent.

The 12th Congressional District (CD) covering Queens and Manhattan, long time veteran Congressmember Carolyn Maloney is expected to sail to a smooth victory. In the 14th CD, Congressmember Joseph Crowley (D), covering parts of Queens and The Bronx, should win easily. The newly redrawn 6th CD was less of a race than anticipated. Assemblymember Grace Meng should replace long standing Congressmember Gary Ackerman as he retires at the end of the year. Councilmember Dan Halloran, her Republican challenger, seemed to stall in his attempts to move up as the congressmember.

In the state senate, Michael Gianaris (D), 12th Senate District in Western Queens, is expected to win handily over his opponent. There is little doubt in this race, as the ever-popular Gianaris had to overcome some redistricting issues early on, but ultimately it is expected to have no effect on his victory.

Unopposed for the senate and obviously winning re-election, Jose Peralta (D) 13th SD in Jackson Heights is assured victory.

Tony Avella, (D) 11th SD, Northeast Queens, had minor opposition and is expected to win his race.

Toby Ann Stavisky, (D) 16th SD, has a complex race involving redistricting issues and demographics, but her experience and high name recognition is expected to allow her to prevail in her race.

In the assembly, Aravella Simotas (D) 36th Assembly District (AD) from Astoria, was expected to win by a wide margin as was Catherine Nolan (D) 37th AD in Ridgewood. Phillip Goldfeder, (D) 23rd AD in the Rockaways, who was suffering along with his constituents in the Rockaways as a result of Sandy, was unopposed. David Weprin, (D) 24th AD in Little Neck, is also in an uncontested race. Nily Rozic, (D) 25th AD in Fresh Meadows, is expected to win her race. Edward Braunstein (D) 26th AD in Bayside, Michael Simanowitz (D) 27th AD in Flushing and Andrew Hevesi (D) 28th AD in Forest Hills are all in uncontested races and it is a fait accompli that they will win.

Margaret Markey (D) seems to be an easy winner in the 30th AD in Maspeth.

Michael DenDekker (D) 34th AD in Jackson Heights, Jeffrion Aubry (D) 35th AD in East Elmhurst, Michael Miller (D) 38th AD in Woodhaven and Francisco Moya (D) 39th AD in Corona are all unopposed and therefore will win.

Ron Kim (D) 40th AD in Flushing has some opposition but is expected to win.

The election of justices to the Supreme Court are expected to be an easy race for Lawrence Cullen of Flushing, Leslie Purificacion of Maspeth, as well as Charles Lopresto of Long Island City. Lopresto had the distinction of being endorsed by both the Republicans and Democrats.

Judges for the Civil Court of Queens are also considered shoe-ins. Donna Marie Golia of Douglaston, Robert Caloras of Little Neck, Ulysses Leverett of Jamaica and Larry Love of Forest Hills are all uncontested and will obviously win easily. All four were endorsed by the Democratic Party and Love was endorsed by Republicans and Conservatives in addition to the Democrats.

Again we stress that this is in anticipation of expected results and are in no way indicative of complete or official returns. To find the final results when they become available, please go to qgazette.com. Also, look for a full analysis in next week’s Gazette as the deeper issues and significance of these races and their impact on Queens and the nation are analyzed.

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