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Incumbent Hevesi defeats Powietrzynski

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Posted: Thursday, November 4, 2010 12:00 am

Two months after easily eclipsing Joe Fox in the Democratic primary, incumbent Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) Tuesday night defeated another attorney, Republican Alex Powietrzynski in a relatively close contest to retain the 28th District seat.

Hevesi, garnered 53.8 percent of the approximately 16,000 votes cast, while Powietrzynski pulled down 40.7 percent. Joseph Tiraco, who ran on the Independent line, earned 5.5 percent.

“In a year when so many have lost faith in our state government, I am honored and humbled by the continued support of the voters in the 28th AD,” Hevesi said in a prepared statement. “I thank them for re-electing me to the New York State Assembly and I pledge that I will continue to fight to protect our quality of life, clean up Albany and ensure that our schools, parks and senior centers get their fair share.”

Hevesi has represented Forest Hills, Rego Park, Middle Village and parts of Glendale, Maspeth and Kew Gardens in the Assembly since 2005.

Powietrzynski, who took in the Election Night results at fellow Republican candidate Bob Turner’s campaign office in Glendale, was disappointed in the outcome but still proud of the effort.

“I’m actually happy with the race that we ran,” a weary Powietrzynski told the Chronicle. “We ran a clean race and made it about the issues. Ultimately, the voters spoke and they want Hevesi back.”

It was an intense election season for Hevesi. He faced off with Fox in September to once again earn his party’s nod, and last month his father, disgraced former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi, pleaded guilty to a felony corruption charge, the latest to fall in the state attorney general’s investigation into the massive pay-to-play kickback scheme involving the pension fund.

Andrew Hevesi candidly spoke last week at the Juniper Park Civic Association’s Candidates Night, calling the state government “broken,” and detailing the difficult decisions elected officials were faced with during this year’s budget review process. He also defended his record, describing himself as a “very reactive and proactive legislator.”

Powietrzynski, a Polish immigrant whose parents are Democrats, is still awaiting another set of results — the bar exam he took in the summer after graduating from Fordham University’s School of Law.

On Tuesday night, Powietrzynski said he wouldn’t rule out taking another shot at politics down the road and even indicated it might be Hevesi who determines that.

“If he continues to not do his job, I’ll be back,” he said. “It’ll be a tougher fight for him if he doesn’t do the right thing.”

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