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Bronx Special Elections April 24

For the 32nd NYS Senate & 80th NYS Assembly District Offices

April 2, 2018 / Bronx Neighborhoods - Foxhurst / Bronx Politics & Government / Bronx Buzz NYC.

bronx special nys senate nys assembly election 2018On Tuesday April 24th a few Bronx voters will go to the polls to decide who is to represent them in the special election for a Senate [District 32] and an Assembly Seat [District 80]. The NYS Senate seat was vacated by Democrat Ruben Diaz Sr. who was elected to be an NYC Councilmember representing District 18 replacing term-limited Annabel Palma. The NYS Assembly seat was vacated by Democrat Mark Gjonaj, who was elected to be an NYC Councilmember representing the 13th District, replacing James Vacca.

 

While these seats were vacated as of the beginning of January, Governor Cuomo decided to delay holding the special elections until after the budget was expected to be passed on April 1, 2018. Elections are held 70 days following the Governor's call for them.

 

The IDC - Republicans Running as Democrats

Critics contend that Cuomo's delay of the special elections disenfranchised over a half million NYS Senate voters adn nearly a million NYS Assembly voters from the process. Republicans currently have a majority in the NYS Senate, as they are joined through caucuses with eight Republicans who run as Democrats including Jeffrey Klein of the Bronx, who founded the IDC, David Valesky of Oneida and Madison Counties in upstate New York, David Carlucci of Rockland and Westchester Counties, Diane Savino of Staten Island / Brooklyn, Tony Avella of Queens, Jose Peralta of Queens, Jesse Hamilton of Brooklyn, and Marisol Alcantera of Washington Heights / Manhattan. Simcha Felder of Brooklyn also runs as a Democrat but caucuses with the Republicans. The Democrats have a significant majority and control the NYS Assembly.


Bronx Special Elections April 24

For the 32nd NYS Senate & 80th NYS Assembly District Offices

April 2, 2018 / Bronx Neighborhoods - Foxhurst / Bronx Politics & Government / Bronx Buzz NYC. Continued.

 

Bronx Special Election Nominees - April 2018

Former Chief of Staff for Gjonaj, Nathalia Fernandez, became the Democratic nominee for the 80th District NYS Assembly seat in mid February, while Luis Sepulveda became the Democratic nominee for the 32nd District NYS Senate seat.

bronx special election april 2018Democrat Sepulveda is facing competition from Reform Party candidate Pamela Stewart-Martinez [the Reform Party is an independent party started by weathy former Republican Texan businessman Ross Perot in the 1990's], and Republican candidate Patrick Delices for the 32nd NYS Senate District. Democrat Fernandez is facing off with Republican Gene Defrancis in the 80th NYS Assembly District.

The 32nd Senate District represents parts of Central and Southern Bronx, while the 80th Assembly District represents Central and Eastern Bronx. The graphics at right show the maps of the Senate and Assembly seats up for grabs in the April 24th special election.

Low Turnout Should Make Upsets Easier

While turnout for special elections is generally low, what's surprising is how few surprises come out of them, given the low numbers with which one could win by mobilizing a small, but committed percentage of the electorate. As of this report, the Democrats are expected to win.


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