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Gotham Votes 2013

Vito Lopez Ally Wins His Old Assembly Seat


Former Assemblyman Vito Lopez was chased out of Albany after being accused of sexually harassing four of his young female staffers — seeking the relative satefy of a Brooklyn City Council seat. But his bid fell short.

And, yet, Lopez was able to keep his claws on his old 53rd State Assembly District seat as Maritza Davila, a Lopez ally and former employee of the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizen Center founded by Lopez, defeated her two opponents by a large margin in the Democratic primary.

Reform candidate Jason Otano failed for a second time to successfully challenge Lopez’s machine. Otano lost a bid against Dilan last year. The aspirant had the support of a number of reform groups and had a major fundraising advantage. 



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