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Important Dates for 2002:

June 18 - First day party candidates can gather signatures for petitions

July 25 - Last day to file petitions

August 12 - New York City Board Of Elections begins hearings on challenges to petitions

August 16 - Last day to register in person or by mail for the primary election

September 10 - Primary Election

September 30 - Certification of general election ballot by State Board of Elections

October 11 - Last day to register in person or by mail for the general election

November 5 - General Election

Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Borough Park.

GENERAL ELECTION RESULTS
Take a look at all the latest results for the November 5, 2002 general election.

x-Kevin S. Parker (Dem) 27,386 -78 percent
Herman Hall (Rep) 4,120 - 12 percent
Noach Dear (Con) 3,010 - 9 percent
Lori Citron Knipel (Lib) 384 - 1 percent

Candidates:

  • Noach Dear (Rep)
  • Herman Hall (Ind)
  • Lori Knipel (Lib)
  • Kevin Parker (Dem)


BIOGRAPHIES

Omar Boucher (Dem): Boucher is a community activist, labor organizer and political consultant.

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Noach Dear (Dem/Rep): A former City Councilman from the 44th District located in Central Brooklyn, this year Dear is running for the State Senate. In 2000 Dear ran as a Republican against Brooklyn Congressman Anthony Weiner.

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Lori Knipel (Dem/Lib) received her Bachelor's Degree from Brooklyn College. From 1983-1992 Knipel served as Legislative Liaison to Assembly Speaker Mel Miller. She has been a member of Community Board #14 since 1982. Knipel is also the founder of the Flatbush Renaissance Committee and the Women's Political Caucus.

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Kevin Parker (Dem/Wor): Parker is a Brooklyn native and resident of the Flatbush community for 25 years. He ran for City Council in 2001 and lost. Currently he is the Special Assistant to State Comptroller Carl McCall's Office responsible for intergovernmental relations. He has also served as the 2nd Vice Chair of Community Board 17. Kevin Parker has a BS in Public Service from Penn State and holds an MS from the New School. Currently he is pursuing a doctorate at CUNY Graduate Center.


PRIMARY ELECTION - SEPTEMBER 10, 2002

Candidates:
  • Omar Boucher (Dem)
  • Noach Dear (Rep - Primary Winner)
  • Herman Hall (Ind - Primary Winner)
  • Harry Kaloshi (Dem)
  • Lori Knipel (Lib)
  • Kevin Parker (Dem/Wor - Primary Winner)
  • Jeffrey Stein (Wor )

August 22, 2002

Noach Dear, who was unable to run for re-election to the Council last year because of term limits, wants to be known as a state senator, and is pursuing that in a newly configured district anchored in the more racially diverse East Flatbush and Canarsie sections in Brooklyn. While Mr. Dear, 48, is perhaps the best known of the four candidates for the nomination in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, he is by no means assured of victory. (New York Times)

August 6, 2002

The Republicans are trying to convince three Democratic candidates running for State Senate in southern Brooklyn to switch parties if they get elected. Carl Kruger, Seymour Lachman and Noach Dear have all been promised money for their districts as well as other favors if they choose to change parties when elected. Senator Kruger seems to be the most receptive of the three while Lachman has refused outright. Of the three, Dear is the only one who is not an incumbent. (New York Times)

July 10, 2002

Article in Jewish Press expresses dissatisfaction concerning the State Senate redistricting plan that divides Borough Park in between a few different Senate districts. It urges Jewish voters in these areas to turn out in high numbers to make up for their watered down bloc voting power. (Jewish Press)

July 2002

The State Senate Race in the new 21st District is heating up. Dear is hoping that a divided field of Caribbean American candidates will allow him to win a primary in a divided field. To counter this 8 of the possible candidates of Caribbean descent agreed to conduct an informal straw poll which community activist Omar Boucher ended up winning. (Caribbean Pipeline.com)

May 30, 2002

Noach Dear stated that he is seriously considering becoming a candidate in the new 21st District. The district includes half of his old Council District giving him a solid and unified base of support. Though the district is around 58% black, a crowded field increases the chances that a candidate may be able to win with a small but enthusiastic support base. Dear declared that he did not think the race will turn into ethnic politics. "There is no jewish pothole, no black pothole", said Dear. (Daily News)

Eye On Albany 2002 is a guide to the races for the 91 seats of the New York State Legislature that represent residents of New York City.

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