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Queens 30th Assembly District: Running from a Flower Shop


Democratic Assemblymember Margaret Markey faces Tony Nunziato on Tuesday. Markey has held her Queens Assembly seat for a decade.

Markey has $34,619.13 in her campaign account, and she received more than $10,000 in contributions, according to her most recent filing. Nunziato has $14,327 and received $1,650 during his most recent campaign finance filing.

Markey chairs the Assembly's House Operations Committee and spearheaded legislation banning the sale of boxcutters to minors.

Nunziato, whose name will be on the Republican, Conservative and Independence party lines, owns Enchanted Florist & Greenhouse in Maspeth, which he converted into his campaign headquarters. He has pointed out in campaign literature that Markey voted to do away with the commuter tax. He was vice chair of the Maspeth Chambers of Commerce.

The district includes Maspeth, Woodside, and portions of Long Island City, Middle Village, Astoria and Sunnyside.

Queens 28th Assembly District: A Republican Tries Again


Incumbent Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi was first elected to represent the 28th District in a May 2005 special election. He is running for re-election this year as the candidate of the Democratic and Working Families parties. Hevesi, the son of controversial former city and state Comptroller Alan Hevesi, worked for other local politicians before being elected.

Hevesi's Republican opponent is Walter Schmidt. Schmidt ran in the 2006 Republican primary for the seat, but lost. Hevesi then went on to defeat the Republican nominee by a wide margin in the general election. This time, Schmidt won the GOP nomination, but it remains to be seen if he can fare any better against Hevesi in this Forest Hills district where Democrats outnumber Republicans by a margin of almost three to one.

In his most recent filing, Hevesi reported having about $22,000 in campaign funds in his last financial disclosure. Schmidt has not filed any reports.

Queens 26th Assembly District: A Low-Budget Race in Bayside


Assemblymember Ann Margaret Carrozza is running for re-election in the 26th Assembly District. First elected in 1996, Carrozza has primarily sponsored legislation that focus on health and senior citizen's issues. Carrozza has also been endorsed by the Working Families Party.

Carrozza faces Republican candidate Robert Speranza in this election. Speranza is a retired police officer who was one of the responders on Sept. 11, 2001. He is currently a member of Queens Community Board 11, representing Bayside.

Carrozza has little in the way of campaign funds, having collected about $150 in contributions and showing a campaign balance of $3,555 at the beginning of October. Speranza filed a "no activity statement."

 

Queens 23rd Assembly District: Running Against Albany


Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, with the backing of the Democratic and Working Families parties, faces challenger Gerald Sullivan, who will appear on the Republican, Conservative and Independence line.

Pheffer has served in Albany for two decades, and in his challenge Sullivan has cast himself as the anti-establishment candidate, willing to stand up to the all-powerful Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver.

She chairs the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee and is one of the assembly's senior members. Before the City Council extended term limits, Pheffer was widely seen as the Democratic Party's choice for Queens borough president in the 2009 race. Now that the current borough president, Helen Marshall, could run again, Pheffer's plans are unclear.

Sullivan, 41, a businessman from Breezy Point, has $21,825 in his campaign account, according to the state Board of Elections. Pheffer has $96,732 in her campaign finance account.

The district includes the Rockaways.

Queens 12th Senate District: 25 Years in Albany


Longtime incumbent State Sen. George Onorato will face Republican challenger Thomas Dooley, who will also appear on the Conservative and Independence party line.

Onorato has been in the State Senate since 1983 and serves as vice chair of the Minority Conference. His latest campaign finance filings show he has $216,017. In the last filing period, Onorato spent $95,337, the majority of which went to two Democratic fundraisers.

Campaign finance information was not available for Dooley. Dooley is a retired city firefighter and former U.S. Marine. At a recent forum, he criticized the development sweeping through the neighborhood.

The district includes Astoria and parts of Sunnyside and Long Island City.

Brooklyn/Staten Island 24th Senate: Red Borough, Blue District


The 23rd Senate District includes two boroughs, encompassing the north shore of Staten Island as well as parts of southwestern Brooklyn. Democrat Diane J. Savino was elected to represent the district when the seat became vacant in 2004. Savino won nearly twice as many votes as her Republican opponent in the 2004 race and ran unopposed in 2006.

A former city child-welfare caseworker, Savino became active in her union, rising to a leadership post. Now in the Senate Savino, who has been endorsed by the Working Families Party, said she continues to focus on employee's rights and the poor.

www.richardthomas4senate.com Richard Thomas, the Republican candidate, also has been endorsed by the Independence Party. Thomas is a member of the Staten Island Charter Commission.

By the end of September, Savino reported having $30,932 in campaign funds. In the time covered by the 32 Day Pre-General campaign finance report, Savino took in Savino reports having $25,000 in campaign funds. Thomas had $1,124.

 

Bronx 81st Assembly District: A Challenger Hangs On


Jeffrey Dinowitz came to the Assembly, representing Riverdale, in 1994. In his bid for two more years, he faces Conservative Jeffrey Klapper

In his campaign to win re-election, Dinowitz reportedly challenged Klapper's signatures and got him knocked off the Republican Party line, Then, Klapper told the Riverdale Press, the Conservative Party offered him its slot. He accepted, he said, because " I think it's important to be a voice, to speak about what you believe in."

Klapper, who has a degree in library science and in law, works in a nursing home. In 1996, he ran against Dinowitz and a Republican and came in third with 4 percent of the vote. He said he would favor lowering all taxes -- including those on millionaires.

On his Website, Dinowitz stresses his record of providing services to his constituents and said he played a key role in negotiations over the construction of a water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park. He was a vocal opponent of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to charge a fee to drive into Manhattan during the workweek.

In the period leading up the 32 Day Pre-General campaign finance report, Dinowitz had collected $525, but he had a campaign fund balance of $171,067. Klapper listed no contributions.

 

Bronx 80th Assembly District: Rivera Faces Two Opponents


First elected in 2004, Naomi Rivera has focused on women's and children's issues. She is the daughter of the Bronx Democratic Party chief, Jose Rivera and many have linked her rise to his position.

She faces two opponents: Republican Louise Delucia and Conservative Patrick McManus. Delucia reportedly runs a bridal business. Little additional information was available about either her or McManus. Neither reported any campaign contributions. Rivera's July campaign finance filing showed her having received $12,700 in the previous six months and ending June with $2,674 on hand.

 

Bronx Assembly District 78: Rivera's Easier Contest


Incumbent Assemblymember Jose Rivera has had a lot to worry about over the past two month. After years as head of the Bronx Democratic Party, Rivera faces a challenge from a rival group of politicians calling themselves the "Rainbow Rebellion." The anti-Rivera faction gained strength on primary day, when Bronx residents voted against his for Surrogate Court judge and defeated his ally, State Sen. Efrain Gonzalez. Rivera also failed to defeat any of the Rainbow members up for re-election.

Now Rainbow Rebellion leaders want to replace Rivera with one of their own, State Assemblymember Carl Heastie. In September, the factions held dueling meetings -- one gathering re-elected Rivera leader, the other chose Heastie. The battle now rests in the hands of a court where a judge must determine which meeting was the real one.

But amid all the turmoil, one thing Rivera probably does not have to worry about is his return to the Assembly. He faces two opponents: Jose Torres on the Republican and Independence Party lines and Conservative Robert Lupo. Little information was available about either candidate.

Rivera first served in the assembly from 1982 and 1987, then moved over to the City Council. He returned to the legislature in 1990 and has been there ever since. A former member of the carpenters union and a union organizer, Rivera says he has worked "for jobs, better housing and social justice."

Rivera's most recent available campaign finance report, filed in July, showed him with $105,682. A report for Torres was not available and Lupo reported 

A Third Round in Highbridge


Aurelia Greene has represented this Bronx district, which includes Highbridge, since 1982. In the Assembly, she has held a variety of leadership posts and sponsored a number of bills, dealing with such issues as bicycle helmets, encouraging apprenticeship programs, disclosure of information on car leases, and predatory lending.

In this election, she once again faces Republican/Conservative Anthony Curry. The challenger, who works for the city's Human Resources Administration, ran against Greene in 2004 and 2006 and also made a bid for City Council in 2001.

At the end of the 32 Day Pre-General campaign finance reporting period, Green's campaign had $25,372. Greene reported no fundraising activity.

 



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