Western Queens elections played out much like they did throughout the borough with, for the most part, the Democratic incumbents claiming overwhelming wins.
This region of Queens did not have any closely watched campaigns like Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) versus state Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) or state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) versus Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park).
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) swept her republican opponent Christopher Wight with 81 percent of the vote in the newly drawn District 12. She plans to continue to work for health care for 9/11 “heroes,” a full cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and women’s rights.
State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) secured the state Senate’s 12th district with 86 percent of the vote compared to GOP’s Tony Arcabascio’s 13 percent.
With Gianaris’ win the Democratic Party looks like it might take a 32-31 majority [see separate story on page 2].
“This year’s general election was historic with the re-election of our president and the state Senate Democrats retaking the majority, reflecting citizens’ call for their government to uphold our progressive values,” Gianaris said.
In the Assembly, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) easily kept their positions with 88 and 84 percent leads, respectively.
“I look forward to continuing to represent my wonderful neighbors in Western Queens by fighting for what makes us a great community — thriving small businesses and caring for women, children and our seniors,” Simotas said, who in the past years has worked on legislation and committees to extend maternity leave for new mothers, secure tax credits for seniors and work towards a cleaner environment by focusing on greening power plants in Astoria.