8:20 am Sep. 14, 2012
Two Republican state senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage, Stephen Saland and Roy McDonald, are locked in primary contests that are too close to call. So is Democratic district leader Lincoln Restler, who was a target of the pro-Vito Lopez faction within the Brooklyn Democratic Party establishment.
Expect long, protracted fights over absentee ballots and lots of spin about who's to blame, and why other issues like redistricting played a significant role in the outcomes.
But two scandal-plagued legislators in New York City lost their primaries: Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera in the Bronx and State Senator Shirley Huntley in Queens. Rivera, facing a crowded primary field that included two other candidates with Hispanic last names, had the backing of major unions and the county organization in her borough. Huntley had one major challenger, a councilman who had run for the seat many years earlier.
As for Lopez, the immediate takeaway from last night is mixed. His preferred candidate may indeed oust Restler, but had to depend on votes from the Hasidic section of Williamsburg. That's not necessarily going to be a replicable model in 2013, when City Council seats (among other things) are up for grabs.
"We're in extra innings."—State Senator Roy McDonald
Two Republican state senators who voted to legalize same-sex marriage, Roy McDonald and Stephen Saland, had races that are too close to call. [Thomas Kaplan]
Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera and State Senator Shirley Huntley lost their primaries. Vito Lopez ally Martin Dilan won his State Senate primary. [David Seifman Carl Campanile and Candace Amos]
Twice-indicted assemblyman William Boyland Jr. survived his primary, because he had eight challengers. [Daniel Beekman, Irving DeJohn and Erin Durkin]
State Senator Adriano Espaillat defeated Assemblyman Guillermo Linares in Manhattan. [Jill Colvin]
State Senator Tim Kennedy leads his Democratic primary rival by only 271 votes with absentee ballots still to be counted. [WIVBtv]
Assemblyman Matt Titone leads Republican Paul Saryian, 45-42, in the Independence Party primary on Staten Island. Saryian is refusing to concede, since there are absentee ballots to count. [Tom Wrobleski]
Councilman Eric Ulrich trounced Juan Reyes and will go on to face Democratic state senator Joe Addabbo in November. [Karen Frantz]
A crowded Assembly race in Flushing went to Ron Kim, and was largely guided by ethnic politics. [Joe Anuta]
Citing Twitter, a local paper says State Senator Toby Stavisky is claiming victory over her opponent, John Messer. [Queens Chronicle]
Albany District Attorney David Soares won a "decisive" victory in his primary. [Robert Gavin]
Brad Hoylman won his State Senate race to replace Tom Duane. [Andrea Swalec]
Jimmy McMillan is running for mayor. [Hunter Walker]
The city's new ban on surgery drinks larger than 16 ounces starts on March 12. [Michael Howard Saul]
Cheers for the ban. [Daily News]
Attorney Gloria Allred said material distributed by state officials to the media has violated the state's confidentiality clause that was part of the six-figure Vito Lopez settlement. [Glenn Blain and Ken Lovett]
Samuel L. Jackson will tell voters, "Wake the fuck up, Vote for Obama." [Tara Palmeri]
Kirsten Gillibrand, no longer the "vulnerable" senator. [Reid Pilliant]
"Half-cocked." Rep. Jerry Nadler hits Mitt Romney for his comments on Cairo and Benghazi. [Reid Pillifant]
Wiretaps and no arrest? A labor leader offers a defense of City Comptroller John Liu. [Azi Paybarah]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a forceful defense of his big-gulp plan, pointing to six-year-old kids who get diabetes. [Dana Rubinstein]
Romney falls into the Obama trap. [Blake Zeff]