Despite all the problems Queens voters faced last week, they showed their independence by bucking the major parties in key contests.
Republicans chose City Councilman Eric Ulrich of Ozone Park over Forest Hills attorney Juan Reyes to challenge Democratic state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. of Howard Beach for the 15th District seat in November. Good. Reyes was put up by the Queens GOP leadership simply to stymie Ulrich as part of an intraparty feud so deep and virulent it seems like something out of a Mafia movie.
Democrats sacked indicted state Sen. Shirley Huntley of Jamaica, choosing instead Councilman James Sanders Jr. of Rockaway in the 10th District. Also good. Party-backed Huntley has not yet been tried, and in court her guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but that standard does not need to be met in the voting booth. San-ders promises a “clean-hands” approach to government.
And in the biggest surprise of all, Nily Rozic, 26, beat Democratic Party choice Jerry Iannece for the 25th Assembly District nomination in northeastern Queens.
Great news —our democratic republic still works.