2006-09-29 / Front Page

Ada Smith Concedes State Senate Race

Incumbent State Senator Ada Smith, whose district includes Broad Channel, conceded defeat in her primary race with challenger Shirley Huntley and thanked her supporters last week in a prepared statement.

"It is with sadness that I will depart the office of State Senator for the 10th Senatorial District on December 31, 2006," Smith said. "My personal thanks to all of you who have supported me over the years. I hope that the many issues we have championed and all of the programs we have instituted will be a testimony to all of our hard work."

Smith suggested that she intends to carry on despite losing elected office. "Rest assured that I will continue to be an advocate for those less fortunate and I will continue my activism in my new endeavors," she said.

A spokesperson for the State Board of Elections said this week that the official results of the primary had not been certified.

Smith, a nine-term incumbent, was dubbed the "Wild Woman of Albany" for a string of bizarre incidents which brought public scrutiny and bad press. She was found guilty this summer of harassment, after an aide filed charges and testified that Smith threw hot coffee on her and pulled her hair for making a comment about the senator's weight.

In her statement, Smith pledged her "undying love and appreciation" to those who voted for her and who "continued to have faith in me in the face of adversity."

Smith concluded her statement by wishing Huntley "luck and good health."

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