Updated election results: In Brooklyn, Simon overcomes ballot confusion; Barron back in business
Election Day 2014: Complete Brooklyn results
Gov. Andrew Cuomo did better in Democratic Brooklyn than he did in the rest of the state. Roughly 67 percent of Brooklyn residents voted for Cuomo on the Democratic line on Tuesday, according to the NYS Board of Elections. Another 7 percent headed the call of the Working Families Party and voted for Cuomo on their line. Only one percent voted for Cuomo on his Women’s Equality Party line, despite sweetly-worded ads made by Cuomo’s female family members.
About 12 percent of Brooklynites voted for Cuomo’s challenger Rob Astorino.
Statewide, with 94 percent of the precincts reporting, Cuomo garnered roughly 54 percent of the vote. Astorino carried 41 percent. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins came in at roughly 5 percent.
There were no surprises in the race for Attorney General: Eric Schneiderman was reelected to that post. Thomas DiNapoli also retained his seat as state Comptroller.
Voters approved new redistricting procedures, along with more funding for technology and classrooms in schools. Legislators will have less paper stacked on their desks, as well. Though all three of these statewide proposals were approved in Brooklyn, more than a third of the borough’s voters declined to vote either way on any of them, leaving the ovals blank.
In one of the most watched races in Brooklyn, Republican incumbent Michael G. Grimm defeated Democratic challenger Domenic M. Recchia in the hard-fought battle for Staten Island/ Brooklyn’s 11th Congressional District. The final count was 55 percent for Grimm vs. 42 percent for Recchia.
In the Downtown Brooklyn area, Daniel Squadron easily won re-election to the New York State Senate’s 26th district, and Jo Anne Simon was elected in the 52nd Assembly District race, to replace long-time Assemblymember Joan Millman.
Causing a bit of Election Day uncertainty, the Working Families Party endorsed Simon for AD 52 – despite Pete Sikora’s name being printed on the WFP line on the ballot. Some voters expressed confusion after receiving word from WFP to vote a straight ticket.
In a tweet, Sikora explained that he “wasn’t going to run in general, but there’s no way to swap names on ballot line” after the primary. In another tweet he endorsed his former rival Simon: “I’m not running anymore… my name on @WorkingFamilies line is vestige of dem primary. ppl should vote for @JoAnneSimonBK52.″
In another attempt to bring clarity to the 52nd AD, City Councilmember Brad Lander sent out robocalls asking residents of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Park Slope to vote for Simon.
By the end of the day, Simon received about 70 percent of the vote. Sikora took in 22 percent, and Republican challenger John A. Jasilli received roughly 8 percent.
In a much-watched race for Brooklyn’s 22nd Senatorial District, Republican Martin J. Golden held onto his seat over challenger Dem James T. Kemmerer, who had received the backing of Zephyr Teachout.
In the 60th AD’s game of musical chairs, former City Councilmember Charles Barron easily took the Assembly seat over Leroy Bates, by a margin of 94 to six percent. Barron won the Assembly seat once occupied by his wife, Councilmember Inez Barron — who more recently took over the city council seat previously occupied by her husband.
Brooklyn Congressional results
In Brooklyn’s 7th Congressional District, Nydia M. Velazquez won a resounding victory over Republican Jose Luis Fernandez.
Other Brooklyn Congressional winners with wide margins included Hakeem S. Jeffries over Alan Bellone in the 8th Congressional District; Yvette D. Clarke over Daniel J. Cavanagh in the 9th Congressional District; and Jerrold L. Nadler over Ross Brady in the 10th Congressional District.
Brooklyn races for state Senator
In Brooklyn’s 18th Senatorial District, Martin Malave Dilan won by a wide margin. In District 19, John L. Sampson held a commanding lead, as did Jesse E. Hamilton in District 20.
In Brooklyn’s 21st Senatorial District, Kevin S. Parker won in a cakewalk.
As discussed above, in Brooklyn’s 22nd Senatorial District, Republican Martin J. Golden held onto his seat over challenger Dem James T. Kemmerer.
In District 24, Andrew Lanza held onto a firm lead.
Daniel Squadron kept his 26th Senatorial District seat with a roughly 87 percent lead over challenger Wave Chan, who received 13 percent of the vote.
Brooklyn Assembly races
In Brooklyn’s 41st Assembly District, Helene E. Weinstein held a strong lead with 86 percent of the returns counted. The same held for Rodneyse Bichotte in the 42nd AD. In Brooklyn’s 43rd Assembly District, Karim Camara won hands down. James F. Brennan was also an easy win in the 44th AD.
In Brooklyn’s 45th Assembly District. Democrat Steven Cymbrowitz held 54 percent of the vote, vs. Republican Ben Akselrod’s 42 percent.
In the 46th AD, Alec Brook-Krasny won with 54 percent of the vote, vs Republican Stamatis Lilikakis, who took home 46 percent. William Colton won by a wide margin in the 47th AD, as did Dov Hikind in the 48th.
In Brooklyn’s 49th Assembly District, Peter J. Abbate was declared the winner with a commanding lead over Republican Henry Lallave.
In the 50th AD, Joseph R. Lentol held a wide margin over challenger William S. Davidson, Jr. And in the 51st AD, Felix W Ortiz took nearly 88 percent of the vote, vs. challenger Conservative Sandra A. Palacios-Serrano, who received roughly 12 percent.
As discussed above, in Brooklyn’s 52nd Assembly District, Jo Anne Simon won with roughly 70 percent of the vote. Erik Martin Dilan won the 54th Assembly District by a wide margin; Latrice Monique Walker had an easy time in the 55th. Annette M. Robinson blew away the competition in the 56th AD.
In the 59th AD, Roxanne J. Persaud won by a wide margin; in the 60th AD, Charles Barron (see above) easily took back home the seat over Leroy Bates, by a margin of 94 to six percent.
In Brooklyn’s 64th Assembly District, Republican Nicole Malliotakis won with 73 percent of the vote. Her opponent Marybeth Melendez earned 27 percent.
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