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Dem-olition: No surprises expected in local elections

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Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 11:35 pm

There appear to be no upsets in the cards in Queens political races this Election Day, with Democrats coasting in all contested elections for Congress, the state Senate and State Assembly within 45 minutes of the polls closing at 9 p.m.

All results are unofficial with at least 48 percent of all machines counted reporting in.

In the U.S. Senate race, the website RealClear Politics was calling victories for incumbent Chuck Schumer (D-NY was leading Republican Wendy Long with 62 percent of the vote recorded.

In contested Congressional races the website was calling victories in the 5th District for U.S. Rep Greg Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) over Republican Michael O’Reilly; U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) over the GOP’s Danniel Maio in the 6th; U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens) over Republican Allan Romaguera in the 7th; U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn, Queens) over Conservative Daniel Cavanagh in the 8th; U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn) over Republican Robert Ardini in the 12th; and 14th District; and U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, Bronx) over Frank Spotorno of the GOP.

In the race to replace the retiring Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau and Queens) in the 3rd Congressional District, former Democratic Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi was leading Republican state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Nassau) by 13 points with 30 percent of the vote in on RealClear Politics; was slightly ahead of Martins in early Nassau County returns; and was beating him by a margin of 2 to 1 in Queens.

In contested state Senate races, James Sanders Jr.(D-South Ozone Park), who did not have a Republican opponent, had received more than 96 percent of the vote. Adrienne Adams, the chairwoman of Community Board 12 who lost to Sanders in the Democratic primary, garnered just over 3 percent with the Women’s Equality Party.

Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), with 68 percent, was nursing a comfortable lead over Republican Mark Cipolla at 31 percent.

Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) held a commanding 86 to 14 lead over Marvin Jeffcoat.

Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) garnered nearly 88 percent of the vote against Republican Jesus Gonzalez, with just over 12 percent.

Sen. Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) handily won a second term in the 14th District. , with a lead of 93 to 7 percent over Republican Jarret Freeman with 50 percent of the vote in a heavily Democratic district.

In one of the more highly anticipated Queens races on the night, Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) was leading Republican Michael Conigliaro 64 to 36 percent with 71 percent of the vote tallied.

Up in the 16th District, Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) appeared to be coasting to reelection over Republican Carlos Giron, with a lead of 77 to 23 percent.

In contested races for the state Assembly, Democrat Stacey Pheffer Amato was holding a 70-30 lead over Republican Alan Zwirn for an open seat in the 23rd District.

Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) was expected to return from the 24th District, with an early 82-18 lead over Republican Ira Harris.

 Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Flushing), with 73 percent of the vote in, had a 75-25 lead over Republican Usman Ali Chohan in the 25th District.

In another highly anticipated race, Democrat Brian Barnwell, who unseated nine-term incumbent Marge Markey (D-Maspeth) in the primary, was holding a 63-37 lead over Republican Tony Nunziato in the 30th District.

In the 33rd District, Democrat Clyde Vanel had almost 91 percent of the vote in early returns, and was expected to fill the seat vacated by the death of Barbara Clark. Republican Goldy-Francois Wellington (7 percent) and New Ideas Party candidate Leroy Gadsden (2 percent) rounded out the field.

In the 38th District, Democrat Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) had racked up 81 percent of the vote against Joseph Maldonado.

In the 40th District, Incumbent Ron Kim (D-Flushing) had 75 percent of the vote against Republican Miriam Rodriguez (25 percent) with 73 percent of the votes in.

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