Assemblyman Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) cruised to victory Thursday night in the 38th AD primary against Etienne David Adorno.
Miller, seeking his second full term, took 71 percent of the vote in the unofficial results released by the Boards of Elections.
“We sent a powerful message,” Miller said to thunderous applause at Zum Stammtisch Restaurant in Glendale. “In fact, the voters have sent a message that Mike Miller has done a good job.”
He called being an assemblyman the best job he has ever had, saying that serving constituents and helping them solve problems “makes you feel good.”
Adorno, 27, got into the race three months ago on a shoestring budget with only a handful of volunteers to start out.
If he surprised Democratic party leadership by announcing his campaign, he apparently did so again when his primary ballot petitions withstood an effort to have them disqualified.
Adorno was not hanging his head Thursday night.
“This race was never about me,” he said. “It was about better representation for my neighborhood, about making the current representation take notice. We accomplished that. I think Mike Miller reached out to Hispanic elected officials he never thought he would be reaching out to. And we did it with no budget, no staff, no office, no endorsements, no union support.”
Miller first took office in a special election in 2009 to replace disgraced former Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio, who was jailed on corruption charges.
He was elected to a full term in 2010, and will not have a Republican opponent this year. In his victory speech, Miller thanked his staff and his numerous labor supporters, including the firefighters’ and teachers’ unions.
He also was surrounded by supporters from the district’s Albany delegation including Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) and state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). Miller thanked both profusely for the help they have given him since going to the Capitol.
While Miller now will go back to Albany uncontested into a secure Democratic majority, his friend and advisor Addabbo faces what could be a bruising general election against Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park). Addabbo could easily be serving with Democrats as the minority party again if he wins.
The Democratic Assembly also could have its own drama with some parties calling for an investigation into Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) in the wake of payments in excess of $100,000 that Silver has authorized for women who have accused Assemblyman and Brooklyn Democratic Chairman Vito Lopez (D-Brooklyn) of sexual harassment, payments that some critics have called hush money.
For the upcoming session, Miller has said he supports the effort to increase the state’s minimum wage, as well as the establishment of the DREAM fund to assist the children of illegal immigrants pay for a college education. He generally supports Gov. Cuomo, but has criticized the governor’s veto of member items that support community programs.