In local races, Dems sweep
By Adam Wisnieski
The tightest race was not tight at all, as Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel beat Republican challenger Joe McLaughlin in the newly drawn congressional District 16. Mr. Engel had 77.5 percent of the vote, compared to Mr. McLaughlin’s 21.4 percent, with 84 percent of precincts reporting.
Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel trounced his two challengers in Congressional District 13, which includes a sizeable chunk of the Bronx, including much of Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge Heights and Van Cortlandt Village. Mr. Rangel has 90 percent of the vote, compared to Republican candidate Craig Schley’s 6.3 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz, who has represented Riverdale and Kingsbridge since 1994, easily beat Conservative challenger Judith Kunz in Assembly District 81. Mr. Dinowitz won 92.7 percent of the vote.
Mr. Klein won 94 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting in Senate District 34. He will represent all of Riverdale and about half of Kingsbridge. Lines redrawn earlier this year resulted in District 34 including more of the Bronx and less of Westchester.
State Sen. Adriano Espaillat won with 91.2 percent of the vote in Senate District 31. Riverdale was drawn out of his district but it still includes Marble Hill.
State Sen. Gustavo Rivera beat Republican Michael Walters in Senate District 33. Mr. Rivera won 96 percent of the vote.
Newcomer Gabriela Rosa will represent Marble Hill in the Assembly, after winning 93.5 percent of the vote over Republican Ronnie Cabrera.
In judicial races, both Democratic candidates won handily.
Judge Nelida Malave-Gonzalez, a Democrat, won 91 percent of the vote for Bronx Surrogate Judge. Judge Malave-Gonzalez beat Frances O’Leary, a candidate on the Republican and Conservative line, who won 9 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Democrat Eddie McShan beat Republican Daniel Szalkiewicz in the race for Bronx Civil Court District. Mr. McShan won 93 percent of the vote, compared to Mr. Szalkiewicz’s 7 percent, with all precincts reporting.