2016-09-14 / Front Page

Primary Results

By John Toscano

Assembly Member Marge MarkeyAssembly Member Marge MarkeyMarge Markey, a 22-year, highly ranked leader in the Assembly, as well as a local political and community leader in her Maspeth district, was soundly defeated in yesterday’s Democratic primary by a relative newcomer from the neighboring Woodside area.


The victor, Brian Barnwell, defeated this highly experienced, 18-year Assembly veteran by 701 votes, as Barnwell supporters outvoted Markey 1,622 to 921 in votes cast, a 2-to-1 margin of the 2,580 votes registered.


Meanwhile, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) easilySenator Toby Ann StaviskySenator Toby Ann Stavisky defeated her opponent, SJ Jung, also of Flushing, to win the nomination in the 16th State Senate district covering Central Queens.


Markey, a longtime civic and community leader in Maspeth, won the 1998 election to her Assembly career in 1999. She also brought a political career along with her, having served as co-leader to Joseph Crowley at that time, and still today. Markey rose in the Assembly’s Democratic leadership steadily, and served on the powerful Rules and Ways and Means Committees, as well as chairing the Committee on Tourism, Parks, Art and Sports Development.


Two other incumbents, state Senator James Sanders, Jr. (Far Rockaway), won the 10th Senate district primary, and Assembly Member Vivian Cook easily defeated Rodney Reid to win the 32nd AD (Jamaica) primary.


Each winner will carry the Democratic Party nominations in their bids for reelection in the November 8th election, as will all others who won primaries yesterday. There were two other Assembly primary contests on the ballot, for the 29th AD seat covering Rosedale, and the 33rd AD seat covering Cambria Heights.


In the 29th AD, Alicia Hyndman easily defeated two opponents. All are Rosedale residents.
In the 33rd AD encounter, Clyde Vanel defeated four other opponents. Coming closest to Vanel, from Cambria Heights were Nantasha Williams and Bryan Block, both also of Cambria Heights.


Also on the ballot were six contenders for as many as six district leader party positions. Reports on all the contests mentioned, as well as the party positions, were compiled by the New York State Unofficial Election Night Results. All reports included total votes cast.


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