Coney Island

Savino wins her one-woman race

November 5, 2014 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
State Sen. Diane Savino (left), pictured at a block party she hosted outside her Coney Island district office last year, ran unopposed for re-election on Tuesday. Eagle file photo by Paula Katinas

Trivia question: Who was one of the candidates who had an easy time on Election Night? The answer: state Sen. Diane Savino.

Savino, a Democrat whose Staten Island-centered district includes parts of Bensonhurst and Coney Island, easily won re-election to a sixth term in office Tuesday night.

She ran unopposed!

The Republican Party chose not to field a candidate against her.

“I’ve run with opponents and I’ve run without; without it’s much better,” Savino told the Staten Island Advance on Election Night. “I’m just glad I can continue to work for my constituents,” she told the newspaper.

Savino is part of the group of maverick Democrats known as the Independent Democratic Conference, who refused to caucus with fellow Democrats a few years ago and instead cut a power sharing deal with senate Republicans.

It was announced in June, however, that the power sharing agreement would end this year.

Most recently, Savino gained prominence for championing New York’s medical marijuana legislation.