The city’s two indicted elected officials had a great night at the ballot. State Senator Efrain Gonzalez of the Bronx and Assemblywoman Diane Gordon of Brooklyn both won landslide re-elections with 93% of the vote.
Democrat Janele Heyer-Spencer won the Brooklyn/Staten Island seat of retiring Republican Assemblyman Matthew Mirones 51% to 48%.
As for Rep. Vito Fossella, the worst may be over.
His challenger, Steve Harrison, got 43.29% of the vote, better than any Democrat has ever done against Fossella, the only Republican in the city’s congressional delegation. But Fossella’s next election is in a presidential year. In the last presidential election, the district went for George Bush by about 10%, and Fossella’s Democratic opponent only ran percent ahead of the Democratic ticket there.
And in Queens, the Republican County chairman, Serph Maltese, won re-election by about 800 votes against Democrat Albert Baldeo, who earned some notoriety when he got arrested for allegedly waving a gun at his opponent’s wife when he ran for the City Council.
— Azi Paybarah