Addabbo Wins Big On Mainland
By Howard Schwach
Although Lew Simon exhibited strength in his home election districts in Rockaway, his lead in those districts was not enough to hold off a challenge from Joseph Addabbo in mainland districts as Addabbo pulled away for a 44 percent to 22 percent win to gain the Democratic nomination for the city council seat in the 32nd Councilmanic District.
The unofficial final count (there are still absentee ballots to be counted) shows Addabbo with 44 percent, Simon 22 percent, John Seminario with 22 percent and Rockaway activist Christina Jorge with 12 percent.
In many of the Rockaway districts, Simon outpolled Addabbo by something like two-to-one.
In Broad Channel districts, for example, Simon polled 144 votes, while Addabbo polled just 82. In Breezy Point districts, Simon outpolled Addabbo by 151 to 87. In one Belle Harbor district, Simon garnered 120 votes while Addabbo got only 44. In Neponsit, Addabbo got 24 votes to Simon’s 136.
In many other Rockaway districts, however, the vote was much closer.
In the Beach 90 Street area, for example, Simon garnered 177 votes, while Addabbo got 136.
The story was very different in mainland areas, where Addabbo far outpolled Simon in almost every district.
Lindenwood was a prime example. In two districts in that area, Addabbo outpolled Simon by at total of 310 votes, 329 votes to 19.
"Simon’s inability to attract voters on the mainland really helped us," a spokesperson for Addabbo said. "We knew we would lose in most Rockaway districts, but most of them were closer than we thought and then we really outdid him on the mainland."
The challenge by John Seminario to Addabbo in his home precincts did not materialize.
In those two Lindenwood districts, while Addabbo had 329 votes, Seminario polled only 55.
In contrast, in Simon’s strongest district, a PS 114 voting district, Simon had 120 votes, Addabbo had 44, Seminario had 24 and Jorge also had 44.
A total of 10,300 votes were cast at District 32 polling places. The final unofficial totals have Addabbo with 4,471, Seminario with 2,274, Simon with 2,301 and Jorge with 1,245.
Simon, in a statement issued through a spokesperson, said, "We wish to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the Democratic voters in Rockaway, Broad Channel and Breezy Point. Your great support has touched my heart. It was such a pleasure to see that I won all the districts where I eat, sleep and think."
Jorge thanked her supporters as well.
"My first venture into politics ahs been a great one," she says. "I am proud of the efforts of my supporters and the efforts I have made in addressing the issues faced by the residents in the 32nd district."
Addabbo now goes on to challenge Joann Ariola, the Republican candidate, John Baxter, the Independence Party candidate and Robert Curran, the Green Party candidate in the November 6 general election.