Andrew Cohen wins handily in City Council primary
By Sarina Trangle
Backed by the local Democratic machine and a wealthy political action committee, Andrew Cohen swept past his opponent yesterday in the primary vote to secure the right to represent his party in the District 11 City Council race in November.
Mr. Cohen won all but one of the estimated 100 election districts where preliminary results were given to the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club — there are approximately 14 more election districts in the primary.
Mr. Cohen seized 67.8 percentage of the votes, with 97 percent of precincts reporting, according to preliminary results.
Mr. Cohen gave a victory speech at around 10:44 p.m., while his opponent Cliff Stanton, who received 32.3 percentage of the vote, conceded shortly there after.
“I’m thrilled about it,” Mr. Cohen said. “I’m grateful for all the help I’ve had. I’m very excited about a new mayor, a new speaker doing great things for the district.”
Mr. Cohen will now seek to represent Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Van Cortlandt Village, Norwood and Woodlawn in the Tuesday, Nov. 5 general election.
The mood was more somber for Mr. Stanton’s campaign.
In defeat, Mr. Stanton said he was grateful to his supports and planned to stay involved in the community.
“It’s almost to the penny a reflection of the money that was spent and put into it. You know it’s tough going up against the machine,” Mr. Stanton said, referring to the many elected officials and unions that endorsed Mr. Cohen. “This was always about making our community better and fortunately that work can continue.”
In other races Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. surmounted a challenge from business owner Mark Escoffery-Bey, securing 84 percent of the vote, while his opponent received 16 percent, with 89 percent of precincts reporting.