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A 22-Year-Old Seeks to Topple a Veteran


The race in the 75th district on Manhattan's West Side represents a sharp contrast between a long-time politician and total newcomer.

Assemblymember Richard Gottfried has represented the 75th District since he was elected in 1970 -- when he was 23 years old. Now, a 22-year-old is seeking to unseat him.

Gottfried, a Democrat who also is endorsed by the Working Families Party, is the chair of the Committee on Health and has been a key player in much of the health legislation that has been passed in the past several decades.

His challenger, Saul Farber, who recently graduated from NYU, is backed both by the Republican and Independent parties. Farber's key issues are reform in Albany and decreasing spending.

Farber collected $38,749 in campaign contribution in the period leading up to the32 Day Pre-General filing report and had $47,145 on hand. Farber had raised $24,580 and had $21,644 on hand.

 

Kavanagh Seeks to End the Turnover


The 74th district has seen a great deal of legislative turnover in recent years. Democratic Assemblymember Steven Sanders, who had represented the district since 1978, resigned in 2006. In a special election, Democrat Sylvia Friedman won the seat. Her time in Albany proved short-lived, however, as Brian Kavanagh defeated Friedman in the 2006 Democratic primary. Kavanagh then went on to defeat his Republican opponent in the general election in November.

Now Kavanagh is seeking another term and will face Republican Bryan Cooper in the general election. Cooper is vice president of the Vincent F. Albano Republican Club and is a Republican district leader.

Kavanagh reported having $52,000 left for his campaign at the end of September. Cooper has filed a "No Activity Statement."

 

GOP Hits Snags in the Silk Stocking District


Party Leader Runs Again

Assemblymember Jonathan Bing has represented the 73rd District since he was first elected in 2002. The former lawyer, who will appear on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, is a prolific author of legislation, authoring 36 pieces of legislation since he was elected to the Assembly.

The seat had been held by a Republican, John Ravitz, for 12 years before Bing was elected, and this affluent East Side area, known as the "silk stocking district," had been a Republican stronghold for years.

Bing defeated his Republican challenger after Ravitz stepped down in 2002, and Republican strength in the area seems to have ebbed. This year, David Casavis, who formerly worked for other GOP candidates, represents the Republican cause. In an interview with the West Side Spirit, he held out little chance of a win.

"I'll at least restore a little dignity," Casavis said. "What I'd like to do is break 30 percent. Gosh if I could break 40 percent, that'd be a dream."

In his 32 Day Pre-General filing report, Bing reported raising $15,920 in the past months and having a balance at the end of September of $280,300. Casavis had raised $45 and ended the period with $345

 

Party Leader Runs Again


Democrat Herman D. Farrell Jr. has been a member of the Assembly since 1974 and has represented the 71st District since 1983. He is currently the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee and is a member of the Rules Committee. Farrell is prominent in the Democratic Party, having served as the chair of the State Democratic Party, leader of the Manhattan Democratic Party and a member of the Democratic National Committee.

In the election, he faces Republican Kenneth M Britton. Little information is available about Britton.

Farrell raised $7,267 in the reporting period leading up to the filing of his 32 Day Pre-General report but showed a balance of minus $23,221. A report for Britton was not available.

 

Jeffries Seeks a Second Term


Assemblymember Hakeem Jeffries faces Republican challenger Charles Brickous.

Jeffries is ending his first term in the Assembly and is viewed by many as a rising star in New York State politics. According to his Website, he has already introduced about 40 bills, including measures focusing on affordable housing and protecting tenants.

Information could not be found on Charles Brickous.

In the weeks leading up to the filing of the 32 Day Pre-General report, Jeffries raised $300. His closing balance was $48,809. A report for Brickous was not available.

The 57th district includes Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Flatbush, parts of Park Slope and Bedford-

 

Former Councilmember Seeks to Remain in Assembly


Democratic incumbent Annette Robinson faces Republican Henry Snead in next week's election.

Robinson is a former City Council member forced out of office in 2001 due to term limits. She joined the Assembly in 2002 and says she is specifically concerned with families and economic development.

Snead is a district leader for the county Republican Party and served as a local delegate to the Giuliani presidential campaign earlier this year.

Robinson most recently reported campaign contributions and expenditures in July. At that time, she had a negative balance of $22,655. Reports for Snead were not available.

The 54th district comprises Tompkins Park North, Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

 

A Familiar Contest in Bushwick


Incumbent Darryl Towns on the Democratic and Working Families lines faces Republican/Conservative Khorshed Chowdhury.

Towns was elected in 1992. During his tenure he has attempted to spur commercial revitalization in his district, which includes parts of Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant. Towns, the son of longtime U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns, chairs the Committee on Banks.

Chowdhury, a native of Bangladesh, has unsuccessfully challenged Towns in 2002, 2004 and in 2006.

In 2006, Towns received 92 percent of the vote.

In the times leading up to the 32 Day Pre-General filing report, Towns had no campaign contributions. He ended the period with $13,642. Chowdhury reported "no activity."

 

Challenging the Party Chief


Republican Challenger Frances Cutrone faces a daunting task as the Republican takes on Democratic Assemblymember Vito Lopez, who also heads Brooklyn's Democratic party.

Information could not be found on Cutrone.

Lopez joined the Assembly in 1984. He chairs the Committee on Housing, where he rewrote the state's 421-a tax exemption program, which is supposed to spark the development of affordable apartments. Some say the bill favored the controversial development Atlantic Yards.

Lopez who took in $70.768 in the period covered by the 32 Day Pre-General filing report had almost $980,000 on hand. There was no filing information on Cutrone.

District 53 includes Bushwick and Williamsburg.

 

A Three-Way Race in Sunset Park


Incumbent Democratic Assemblymember Felix Ortiz faces two challengers: Luis Garcia on the Republican line and Grace Coen on the Conservative line.

A native of Puerto Rico, Ortiz served in the army during the 1980s and won election to the state Assembly in 1994. He authored the nation's first law to ban the use of a hand-held cell phone while driving. He is the president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators and chairs the Assembly's Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.

Little information could be found on Ortiz's opponents.

Ortiz took in no contributions for the period covered by the 32 Day Pre-General report and had almost $100,000 on hand at the end of September. Garcia and Coen showed no contributions

 

Party Activist Looks for Upset


For more than three decades, Joseph Lentol has represented northern Brooklyn. He faces a challenge from Republican Teresa Puccio.

Lentol is a former assistant district attorney for Kings County. Both his father and grandfather served in the state legislature. He is chair of the Committee on Codes.

His challenger, Puccio, is a district leader for the county Republican Party.

During the period covered by the32 Day Pre-General report, Lentol collected $28,300 in contributions for a total on-hand of $242,780. Itemized data for Puccio was not available.

 



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