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Nov 06 2013

Winners of the 2013 Queens City Council Elections

electionsIt was a long and challenging campaign season, especially on the Council level. Congratulations to the winners.

Winners:

Paul Vallone, Peter Koo, Costa Constantinides, Mark Weprin, Rory Lancman, Daneek Miller, Ruben Wills, Karen Koslowitz, Elizabeth Crowley, Donovan Richards, and Eric Ulrich.

Uncontested:

Daniel Dromm, Jimmy Van Bramer, and Julissa Ferraras.

From The New York Times:

District 19

Bayside, College Point, Whitestone
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Paul Vallone Dem. 12,791 57.2%
Dennis Saffran Rep. 9,582 42.8

 

District 20
Downtown Flushing, Murray Hill, Queensboro Hill
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Peter Koo INCUMBENT Dem. 8,762 79.6%
Martha Flores-Vazquez Oth. 1,158 10.5
Sunny Hahn Ref. 713 6.5
Evergreen Chou Green 373 3.4

 

District 22

Astoria, Ravenswood, Steinway
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Costa Constantinides Dem. 10,573 65.6%
Lynn Serpe Green 2,412 15.0
Daniel Peterson Rep. 1,808 11.2
Danielle De Stefano Con. 1,270 7.9
Gerald Kann Oth. 64 0.4

 

District 23

Bellaire, Glen Oaks, Holliswood
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Mark Weprin INCUMBENT Dem. 16,184 84.1%
Joseph Concannon Ref. 3,067 15.9

 

District 24
Briarwood, Jamaica, Utopia
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Rory Lancman Dem. 11,857 73.7%
Alexander Blishteyn Rep. 3,205 19.9
Mujib Rahman Oth. 1,020 6.3

 

District 27

Cambria Heights, St. Albans
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Daneek Miller Dem. 20,333 96.9%
Sondra Peeden Inp. 658 3.1

 

District 28

Rochdale, South Ozone Park
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Ruben Wills INCUMBENT Dem. 14,594 95.4%
Mireille Leroy Oth. 709 4.6

 

District 29

Forest Hills, Rego Park
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Karen Koslowitz INCUMBENT Dem. 14,618 91.4%
Jon Torodash Oth. 1,382 8.6

 

District 30

Glendale, Maspeth, Ridgewood
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Elizabeth Crowley INCUMBENT Dem. 9,403 58.9%
Craig Caruana Rep. 6,567 41.1

 

District 31

Far Rockaway, Rosedale, Somerville
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Donovan Richards INCUMBENT Dem. 17,226 92.2%
Scherie Murray Rep. 952 5.1
Ricardo Brown Oth. 499 2.7

 

District 32

Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Ozone Park
CANDIDATE PARTY VOTES PCT.
Eric Ulrich INCUMBENT Rep. 9,658 53.1%
Lew Simon Dem. 8,520 46.9

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Nov 04 2013

GOP Leaders Say Goodbye To Dennis Saffran After Guiliani Embarrassment

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In this part of Queens, Rudy Guiliani is a hero and he just told everyone Dennis Saffran is a liar.

Over the weekend, Rudy Guiliani made a robocall denouncing Republican Dennis Saffran’s misleading literature, but what you may not know is that for many Republican voters in the district, this was the final straw.

In an office somewhere in Whitestone Village, a secret meeting was called by Republican vote-getters to discuss Saffran’s misuse of the Guiliani name. “Saffran’s finished!” claimed a top GOP operative slamming his fist down and spilling his cappuccino over a stack of important looking papers. Composing himself, the operative stood up and blotted the sticky mess. “My people won’t vote for Republicans this year,” he said after a brief pause and a sigh of regret. The room fell silent, then suddenly heads began to nod. Without hearing another word, they knew what needed to be done. And then the texts began. 

The message spread quickly, after all there’s not as many Republicans as Democrats (still, a lot compared to most districts), and the low number makes it manageable to reach them all, at least voters guaranteed to show up and, well, vote. Attempting to avoid a political embarrassment and save face, the Party would not make an official declaration, rather using other “unofficial” channels to get the word out including texts, social media, and old-fashioned telephone calls — which proved quite effective in Dan Halloran’s election. Anyway, in seconds, Republicans in northeast Queens would be voting for Paul Vallone, or at least not for Dennis Saffran.

Three strikes and you’re out.

Before the Guiliani call, at least in secret, republicans were withholding help from Saffran under the guise of limited resources. But now the message had clearly changed: Vote for the Democrat. Tensions began to strain between the Party and Saffran soon after he publicly switched his endorsement from Cats to Joe Lhota mid primary. Perhaps there was no better way to stick a needle in the eye of the local Party which were adamantly supporting Cats. To make matters worse, Saffran was meeting with Councilman Ulrich, whom the Party had been busy with fending off his attempts at a leadership coup. Promises were obviously made, and soon Saffran found himself alone and abandoned by the local Party, which despite its limited resources (they got Dan Halloran elected), could have given him an actual shot in this race.

The protest vote.

Still this wasn’t the final straw. Prior to the Guiliani tape, the republican sentiment was to abstain from voting for a new councilmember. Their reasoning was accompanied by a sense of general disgust and outrage with the national GOP (which will certainly play a role in other citywide elections, but that’s not the point here), as well as Dan Halloran’s recent arrest. Some Republicans would naturally cross party lines, but it was never mentioned or encouraged until now.

As if Dennis Saffran’s bid for Council wasn’t already in troubled waters, the little bit of help he could have received from the Party with GOTV will now be spending their waning hours telling their people to vote for Democrat Paul Vallone. Ouch.

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