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Rozic wins contest to face Abe Fuchs

Democrat defeats CB 11’s Iannece in primary by a 12-point margin

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Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:54 am, Thu Sep 27, 2012.

The primary elections are over, but for winning candidates facing major-party opposition, there’s a lot of work ahead.

In eastern Queens, Democrat Nily Rozic, 26, former chief of staff to Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), will be running for the state Assembly 25th District seat against Republican Abe Fuchs, 56, a retired U.S. postal, worker this November.

Rozic defeated Jerry Iannece in the Democratic primary by a margin of 56.2 percent to 43.8 percent, according to preliminary numbers from the Board of Elections. Fuchs faced no primary challenge.

Among the issues that are top concerns at the state level are education, healthcare and, of course, the economy.

Rozic, on her campaign website, says she believes resources should not be taken away from schools because without them students are unable to perform at a higher standard. She says she will fight to get New York City schools to get equal share of the aid they are entitled to.

Fuchs, on his website, focuses on school choice, saying vouchers should be given to students to enroll in any academically qualified school. He also wants character education to be given in the schools.s

“Our public schools are too often affected by social maladiessuch asviolence, bullying, compulsions to social media andtragic cases of suicide,” Fuchs says. “It is time that we start again to provide richer spiritual environments for them to grow up in.”

Rozic devotes a section of her site to improving healthcare, saying, “Breast and lung cancer are on the rise inQueens. Nily has a plan to turn this around:by making the Department of Health trackstatistics more closely, and by increasingfunds for detection and prevention, we canfight this terrible disease.”

Another issue receiving a great amount of attention is the condition of the working class. Rozic says she will fight for more jobs for working-class families and seek to create small businesses, in part by protecting “the safety net thatencourages small business creation.”

Fuchs calls for cutting middle-class taxes and raising taxes on the rich.

“Business is holding on to $2 trillion in cash,” he says. “Consumers with stronger purchasing power would in turn invigorate business.”

For more on the candidates in the race to succeed outgoing Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows), visit nilyrozic.org and abeforassembly.com. Election Day is Nov. 6

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