Winners and Losers
September 10th, 2008

The primary results are in with, as usual, most incumbents holding on to their seats. Three did not far so well: State Sen. Martin Connor, defeated by former Schumer aide Daniel Squadron; indicted State Sen. Efrain Gonzalez, who lost to Pedro Espada, Jr., who has ethical issues of his own; and Assemblymember Ellen Young, who fell to the daughter of her predecessor, Grace Meng.

But there were off the ballot winners and losers as well.

The Bronx Democratic Party organization of Assemblymember Jose Rivera suffered several losses. It had backed Gonzalez, for one.

The organization candidate for Civil Court judge, Maria Matos, was defeated by Elizabeth Taylor, the candidate of a rival faction calling itself the Rainbow Rebellion. The organization mounted challenges to several incumbent legislators allied with the Rainbow Rebellion — but none had any success.

State Democratic Party leaders did not fare tpo well, backing both Connor and Gonzalez. State Sen. Minority Leader Malcolm Smith is “going to have to make a very quick relationship with Pedro Espada,” Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf told the Post.

For Michael Bloomberg, it was a mixed night. He backed Squadron who won, a sign of his clout, according to Sheinkopf (or maybe of Sen. Charles Schumer’s clout since he supported Squadron as well). But Bloomberg ‘s candidate, City Councilmember Simcha Felder, lost to incumbent State Sen. Kevin Parker in Flatbush. Bloomberg had hosted a fundraiser for Felder and recorded a taped phone message urging residents to vote for the term-limited council member.

And what about those term-limited council members? How did they do? One, Joseph Addabbo won his primary in Queens. But that was essentially a formality, since his one Democratic opponent Albert Baldeo had dropped out — only too late to have his name removed from the ballot. Addabbo’s real test will come in November against incumbent State Sen. Serphin Maltese. Three other term-limited council members lost: Felder, Kendall Stewart (who was also vying to unseat Parker); and Miguel Martinez who failed in his effort to oust incumbent Assemblymember — ad his former political mentor — Adriano Espaillat in Washington Heights.

For more, see our primary results page.

By on September 10, 2008, 9:16 am
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7 Responses to “Winners and Losers”

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    September 10th, 2008 at 11:41 am

    simcha fine for you deserve to be a loser for your vote for congestion pricing!!!!!!

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  2. Sol Says:
    September 10th, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    He lost because most of Boro Park which is his main constituency are not in this senate district which I think is very not fair because the whole Boro Park is like one community.

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