2016-06-29 / Features

Democratic Party Primary Elections Held Yesterday

The polls were open yesterday (Tuesday) throughout the borough for Democratic Party members to cast ballots involving Queens Congressmembers Carolyn Maloney, Nydia Velázquez and Gregory Meeks, each of whom filed to be nominated to run for reelection in November, but were challenged by opponents.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., but we repeat, this is a Primary election for Democrats, and only Democrats registered in the party in Queens are permitted to vote.

There is a fourth race on the ballot in which five Democratic hopefuls are seeking to fill a vacancy in the 3rd C.D. which will be created at the end of this year when Congressman Steve Israel, of Huntington, is retiring.

The 3rd CD is comprised almost entirely of Long Island, except for a small portion of Northeast Queens (Great Neck and Bayside). So Democrats who reside in the Queens portion of the 3rd Congressional District could also vote yesterday.

Here’s the way the ballot was set up on Tuesday. Congresswoman Maloney (D–Queens/Manhattan), who represents the 12th C.D., is opposed by Peter Lindner, who resides at 1 Irving Place, in Manhattan.

Congressman Meeks, who represents the 5th CD, covering Southeast Queens, is opposed by Ali A. Mirza, in Elmont in Nassau County.

 Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, representing the 7th C.D., consisting of Ridgewood, Queens, and parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, is opposed by Yungman F. Lee, of Manhattan; and Jeffrey M. Kurzon, also of Manhattan.

All three incumbents are veteran office holders. After serving as a City Councilmember for 10 years, in 1992 Maloney ran for Congress and won, and has been winning reelection for almost 25 years. In that time she has established herself as a champion of women, family and children and their issues.

Meeks was elected to Congress in a special election in February 1998, and since then was reelected nine times, and is thus approaching his 20th year in Congress. Before that he served for five years as a State Assemblyman.

In 1992, Velazquez was elected to Congress for the first time, and had the distinction of being the first Puerto Rican woman elected as a Representative. After being the first in her family to enter college at the age of 16, she was the first to graduate from college.

Velázquez was elected to Congress for the first time in 1992 and has been reelected regularly every two years since then. During her career in Washington, she has emerged as a champion of legislation, improving the lot of small businesses.

Turning to the special election to select a successor to Congressman Steve Israel as the Congressmember of the 3rd CD, five would-be successors have emerged. They are: Jon Kaiman, of Great Neck; Steve Stern, of Dix Hills; Jonathan Clarke, of Jericho; Thomas R. Suozzi, of Glen Cove; and Anna Kaplan, also of Great Neck.

As we went to press, the final results were not yet in. They will be available online at QGazette.com later today.

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