Feb. 9 – New York Assembly District 3, 15, 24 and 89
After the November elections, there are many openings in the New York Assembly that need filling. Four districts, mostly in the sourthern part of the state, will be voted on. They will not have a large impact on the body as a whole, as the chamber is already back in session and Democrats hold a 104 – 39 – 2 – 1 (the last two being the Independence party and the Working Families party) advantage.
And, since this is New York where most decisions are made in a smoky backroom, there is no primary. Each local party organization will choose their nominee without a primary for voters to select their own.
Democrat Patricia Eddington was elected town clerk of Brookhaven and decided that job was going to be a lot more rewarding than the state legislature. Her resignation has led to the candidacy of Democrat Lauren Thoden, a former aide to Eddington, and Republican Dean Murray, who narrowly lost to Eddington’s husband. For Murray’s website, click here. Thoden, who is also endorsed by the Working Families Party under New York’s fusion voting law, does not have a website yet.
In the only open Republican held district, Rob Walker stepped down to become the chief deputy to newly elected Nassau County executive Ed Mangano. Republicans have nominated Michael Montesano, an attorney from Glen Head and Democrats have selected Matt Meng, a small business owner and environmentalist from East Norwich. For Meng’s website, click here. As of yet, Montesano does not have a website.
In another made-for-New York election story, Democrat Mark Weprin was elected to the New York City Council seat of his brother, David Weprin, who was term-limited out of office. Now, guess who is running to finish Mark’s assembly term? That’s right, David Weprin was selected by party leaders to be the Democratic nominee for assembly. He will face Bob Friedrich, a registered Democrat running on the Republican ballot line and former president of Glen Oaks Village.
The 24th Assembly District covers Alley Pond, Bellerose, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks, Hollis Court, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Little Neck, Meadowlark Gardens, Oakland Gardens, Queens Village and Windsor Park.
Democrat Adam Bradley was elected Mayor of White Plains and so two candidates are vying to finish up his term in the assembly. This suburban district, just north of NYC, is quite wealthy in parts and has a lot of socioeconomic and racial diversity in others. Party leaders converged and selected their nominees in mid-January. Democrats have chosen Peter Harckham, a Westchester County legislator from Katonah and Republicans chose Robert Castelli, a John Jay College professor and former State police officer. To visit Harckham’s website, click here. As of yet, Castelli does not have a website