2015-11-04 / Political Page

DA Brown Wins 7th Term, Vallone Elected Civil Ct. Judge

Queens voters yesterday elected District Attorney Richard A. Brown to his seventh term in office and elected Peter Vallone Jr. to a Civil Court judgeship.


In an off year, with a much lighter ballot than usual, voters also elected Barry Grodenchik as the new Councilman in northeast Queens’ 23rd district, filling the vacancy there created when Mark Weprin vacated the post to take an appointment to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff. Grodenchik, of Queens Village, defeated Joseph Concannon, of Bellerose, a Republican, and Rebecca Lynch of Glen Oaks, of the Working Families Party.


State Supreme Court and Queens Civil Court judges were also elected to complete the balloting.


As usual with DA Brown’s elections, the popular official had no opposition in the election because besides his Democratic nomination, he was also endorsed by the borough’s Republican and Conservative party organizations.


Considering the immense power and sensitive nature of the DA’s office, Brown’s multi-endorsed election bids are a clear reflection of the trust and respect conferred on him by the people of Queens over the past quarter century.


Vallone’s candidacy and election was also unchallenged, as his own Queens Democratic Party was joined by Republicans and Conservatives in endorsing him for the judgeship. Vallone’s public service career thus far had consisted of 12 years of service in the City Council, and included his chairmanship of the Public Safety Committee throughout that entire period. He represented Astoria and Long Island City.


Vallone gave the City Council and the committee appointment, which included Police and Fire department activities, his full attention. He can be expected to approach his new judicial duties with the same zeal.


As for the election of  Grodenchik in the 23rd Council district, the voting in that election was confined to residents of Oakland Gardens, Queens Village, Fresh Meadows, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Glen Oaks, Hollis Hills, Douglaston, Bayside, Little Neck, and Bellerose.
In the Queens State Supreme Court election on the ballot in Tuesday’s election, the winners were: Martin Ritholtz, of Far Rockaway, the D-R-C candidate; Peter O’Donoghue, of Bayside, who was on the Democratic and Conservative lines; and Duane Hart, of St. Albans, who ran on the Democratic line. All won 14-year terms.


Winners of the Queens Civil Court judge elections were: Laurentina McKetny Butler, of Jamaica; Maureen Healy, of Little Neck; and Ushir Pandit Durant, of Kew Gardens. All are Democrats.


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