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Democrats sweep local races, only one new face emerges

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Nov. 9, 2016 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.

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Stop him

Politician should not be a job. Regardless of whether you do a good job or not, you should move on after two terms. This would be democratic. Go get a real job so you know what real people deal with.

Would you want a third term of Trump? Wasn’t it a dictatorial move when Bloomberg bought his third term? Putin has been here for too long, was not Nolan around even before him? And Van Bramer, as nice as he is, isn’t it time he leaves the space to another democrat and faces another reality?

I hate Trump but democrats are not helping when they behave this way.

Pearl cream

Talk about rigged! Locally this is a one party system and it is not good. The New Yorkers who allow this get the corrupt system that they deserve
Nolan is a disgrace and Sheldon silvers toy poodle


Local Republicans are good people, but they have an uphill battle running on a ballot with a disgusting hateful national GOP ticket. They’d be better off switching to Dem and challenging in the primary.

El loco

The system is rigged. She is the only one on the ballot. She is not the only nice person who can do a good job. She is not a Supreme Court justice or the pope who gets a life term. Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until she dies to get her out and then they’ll name a street after her for her longtime service. Once a democratic gets in they are in for life in Queens!

El loco

Yes, this is where the system is really rigged. More of Cathy Nolan. I guess she’s done such a fine job.


Every elected seat should be limited to two terms. Even a sheriff or judge should be limited to two terms if he/she is elected.

And people should not be able to move from one elected responsibility to another, unless they have proved themselves and go for a higher responsibility. Otherwise they should get real jobs, they will understand firsthand what it is to risk losing one’s salary, pension, healthcare and the pain of taking the 7 or crossing Queens Boulevard at rush hour.


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