November 9, By Hannah Wulkan
The presidential election was the focus of much conversation for the last few days and months, but equally important to many residents’ day-to-day lives were the local positions decided yesterday.
The only local seat that saw change was the 30th Assembly District, where newcomer Brian Barnwell, who beat longtime Assembly Member Marge Markey in the Democratic primary, went on to beat his Republican opponent Tony Nunziato.
Barnwell, a 30-year-old lawyer from Woodside and former aide to Councilman Costa Constantinides, upset Markey in the primary by winning 63 percent of the vote, and last night beat his opponent with 67 percent of the vote.
He will represent Woodside, Maspeth, and parts of Middle Village in the State Assembly when he takes office.
Aside from Barnwell, all the local races went to the incumbent politicians.
Democrat Carolyn Maloney was reelected as the U.S Representative for the 12th congressional district that covers parts of Maspeth, Ridgewood and Woodside, as well as areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She won with 83 percent of the vote, while her Republican counterpart Robert Ardini received 13 percent of the vote.
Incumbent U.S Representative for the 14th congressional district Joe Crowley also was reelected to represent parts of Sunnyside, Woodside, Astoria, Jackson Heights, College Point, East Elmhurst, and Corona. He won with 83 percent of the vote, and his Republican opponent Frank Spotorno got 13 percent of the vote.
Democratic State Senator Michael Gianaris was reelected to serve the 12th senatorial district with 86 percent of the vote, while his Republican opponent Marvin Jeffcoat received 14 percent. His district covers parts of Astoria, Sunnyside, Long Island City and Woodside.
State Senator Jose Peralta also retained his seat in the 13th senatorial district, which covers Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. He won with 86 percent of the vote and the Republican candidate Jesus Gonzalez picked up 14 percent of the vote.
Assembly Members Michael Dendekker of the 34th District, Aravella Simotas of the 36th District, and Cathy Nolan of the 37th District, all ran unopposed and were reelected with 100 percent of the vote.