More turned out to vote this year in the Northwest Bronx
By Sarina Trangle
Possibly they came because it was a chance to select the next candidate in a battle to wrest Gracie Mansion from Republican control.
Or perhaps it was the vacant council seat term-limited Oliver Koppell will leave behind.
Whatever the reason, preliminary primary results from the Board of Elections (BOE) show about 1,700 more people voted in the District 11 City Council Democratic Primary this September than the most recent primary for citywide offices in 2009.
But the voting breakdown was remarkably similar.
District 11, which includes Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Van Cortlandt Village, Norwood and Woodlawn, went to Andrew Cohen, who received 7,306 votes or about 68 percent of the vote. Cliff Stanton collected 3,477 votes or roughly 32 percent of the vote, preliminary BOE figures show.
In 2009, Mr. Koppell, the incumbent, earned about 64 percent of the votes, while his challenger Anthony “Tony” Perez Cassino garnered 36 percent of the vote.
Though Mr. Cohen, an attorney and Community Board 8 (CB 8) member, was not an incumbent, he received much of the same political backing as Mr. Koppell, having secured the endorsement of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, elected officials with a foothold in the district and several large and influential unions.
Similar to Mr. Cassino, a former CB 8 chair who founded the Northwest Bronx Democrats, Mr. Stanton welcomed an endorsement from the fledgling political club.
Mr. Cohen swept the primary, winning nearly all of the 115 election districts (EDs) in the race. Excluding the approximate nine EDs where nobody voted, the preliminary BOE data show Mr. Stanton won four EDs. However, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz contends that BOE staff did not accurately record the voting machine tally for ED 65 at Robert J. Christen School. He said Mr. Cohen’s poll watcher there noted the candidate received 200 votes to Mr. Stanton’s 53 — not the two votes the preliminary BOE figures list.