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More than $1 Million for an Easy Race

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Nov 01, 2008

Dov Hikind, who first joined the Assembly in 1982, has both the Democratic and Republican party lines but still faces an opponent: Conservative Herbert Ryan next week.

Hikind considers himself an outspoken advocate for battling discrimination, prejudice and anti-Semitism. A decade ago, he was accused of taking thousands of dollars from local nonprofits but was acquitted of all charges. Though generally considered a Democrat, he recently endorsed John McCain for president.

Ryan, a conservative, has run for several offices before, including state Assembly in 2004 and 2006.

In the filing period leading up to the 32 Day Pre General report, Hikind had raised $3,000 but despite the apparent weakness of his opposition, he had more than $1.2 million on hand for his campaign. Ryan showed no contributions.

The district encompasses Borough Park, Dyker Heights and sections of Flatbush.


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