U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) sailed easily through Tuesday’s primary for the Democratic nomination for the 5th District in November’s general election.
Unofficial results provided by the New York State Board of Elections gave Meeks 80.1 percent of the vote.
Challenger Joseph Marthone, an accountant, garnered just over 18 percent. Marthone has sought public office several times in recent years, including two unsuccessful campaigns each for the state Senate and the New York City Council.
Meeks is seeking his ninth term on the House of Representatives.
In an interview last week, the congressman said he offers many advantages to voters in the district, including seniority, along with his positions on the powerful Finance and Foreign Affairs committees.
He said his priorities if re-elected would include making necessary changes in the landscape, procedures and laws to help homeowners hurt in Hurricane Sandy, and to prevent similar damage from happening again.