Brooklynites dominate in 2013 New York City election

November 6, 2013 Editorial Staff
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Brooklyn was in the forefront in the 2013 general election with two of the city’s top three positions filled by borough residents.

Democrat Bill de Blasio – who has served as the city’s public advocate for the past four years and who previously represented a swathe of brownstone Brooklyn in the City Council — scored a huge victory in the mayoral race, and Democratic Councilmember Letitia James – who currently represents Fort Greene and Clinton Hill — had a landslide win in her quest to become public advocate, becoming the first African-American woman to win that post.

Also making history were Democrats Eric Adams — who easily won the post of Brooklyn borough president — and Kenneth Thompson, who triumphed in the district attorney race over incumbent Charles Hynes. Both men were the first African-Americans to win those positions.

“Yesterday’s vote brings us to the end of one long, successful journey so that we may begin another. I cannot thank enough the dedicated Brooklynites who shared my vision for our beloved borough, and shared their time, energy and passion to make this day possible,” said an elated Adams.

As for the City Council, Brooklyn’s 16 districts were all won by Democrats. In fact, only three of the 16 races were remotely close (Districts 43, 47, and 48) as unofficial numbers indicate that Democrats received 80 percent or more of the votes in the other 13 Council districts.

There were also several initiatives on the ballot. Five of the six proposals were approved, including allowing casino gambling in New York State, with voters supporting the creation of seven Las Vegas-style casinos outside New York City.

“The passage of Proposal One is a big win for local governments, school districts and taxpayers across New York State. This vote will keep hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year in neighboring states right here in New York, while increasing revenue for local schools, lowering property tax taxes, and bringing proper regulation to the industry,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The only proposal that wasn’t approved was one to raise the retirement age of judges to 80.

Here’s an election recap:

                                  VOTES                   PERCENTAGE

MAYOR

Bill de Blasio (D)                                          752,604                   73.34%

                Joe Lhota (R)                                 249,121                     24.28%

                Adolfo Carrion  (I)                     8,202                         0.8%

 

PUBLIC ADVOCATE

Letitia James (D)                                        770,764                   83.55%

                Robert Maresca (C)                    112,967                     12.25%

                James Lane (G)                             16,088                       1.74%

 

COMPTROLLER

Scott Stringer (D)                                       782,703                   80.53%

                John Burnett (R)                        161,608                     16.63%

                Julia Willebrand (G)                 19,544                        2.01%

 

BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT

Eric Adams (D)                                            246,547                    90.82%

                Elias Weir (R)                                24,923                       9.18%

 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Kenneth Thompson (D)                        222,348                   74.79%

                Charles Hynes (R)                      74,943                      25.21%

                               

 

 VOTES                  PERCENTAGE

DISTRICT 33

Stephen Levin (D)           18,639                   92.2%

John Jasilli (C)                   1,580                     7.8%

 

DISTRICT 34

Antonio Reynoso (D)     13,123                   96.0%

Gladys Santiago               544                         4.0%

 

DISTRICT 35

Laurie Cumbo (D)            Uncontested 

 

DISTRICT 36

Robert Cornegy (D)         16,422                   87.5%

Kirsten Foy (WF)              1,888                     10.1%

 

DISTRICT 37

Rafael Espinal (D)            8,400                     86.1%

Kimberly Council (WF)  1,144                     11.7%

 

DISTRICT 38

Carlos Menchaca (D)      9,008                     90.7%

Henry Lallave (C)             924                         9.3%

 

DISTRICT 39

Brad Lander (D)                25,906                   91.9%

James Murray (C)            2,271                     8.1%

 

DISTRICT 40

Mathieu Eugene (D)       17,113                   90.2%

Sylvia Kinard                      1,157                     6.1%

 

DISTRICT 41

Darlene Mealy (D)          16,771                   97.3%

Bilal Malik (I)                   459                           2.7%

 

DISTRICT 42

Inez Barron (D)                 17,665                   96.2%

Ernest Johnson (C)          703                         3.8%

 

 

DISTRICT 43

Vincent Gentile (D)         12,638                   62.7%

John Quaglione (R)         7,162                     35.6%

 

DISTRICT 44

David Greenfield (D)     13,638                   82.0%

Joseph Hayon (R)            2,990                     18.0%

 

DISTRICT 45

Jumaane Williams (D)   19,889                   96.8%

Erlene King                             665                         3.2%

 

DISTRICT 46

Alan Maisel (D)                                19,746                   80.3%

Anthony Testaverde (R)            4,834                    19.7%

 

DISTRICT 47

Mark Treyger (D)                          8,267                     71.2%

Andrew Sullivan (R)                   3,112                     26.8%

 

DISTRICT 48

Chaim Deutsch (D)                     9,361                     55.1%

David Storobin  (R)                     6,645                     39.1%

 

Proposal 1: Allow Casino Gambling Statewide

Yes                         1,467,624             57.1%

No                          1,104,644             42.9%

 

Proposal 2: Retroactive Extra Credit for Disabled Veterans

Yes                         2,021,321             83.6%

No                          395,426                 16.4%

 

Proposal 3: Exceed Debt Limits for Sewage Facilities

Yes                         1,393,144             62.2%

No                          845,086                 37.8%

 

Proposal 4: Adirondack Land Dispute Resolution

Yes                         1,615,028             72.4%

No                          614,868                 27.6%

 

Proposal 5: Adirondack Mining

Yes                         1,185,222             53.1%

No                          1,045,438             46.9%

 

Proposal 6: Raise Judiciary Retirement Age

No                          1,432,519             60.8%

Yes                         924,393                 39.2%


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