2006-11-10 / Community

Incumbents Win Big In Local Assembly Races

Pheffer, Titus Retain State Seats
By Howard Schwach

Both of the incumbents in the contested Assembly seats won big victories on Tuesday, retaining their seats for another term, while a new candidate for the State Senate also proved her vote-getting ability.

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer, who represents the 23rd Assembly District was challenged by retired City Health Department officials Stuart Mirsky. Pheffer held the Democratic and Working Families tickets, while Mirsky ran on the Republican, Independence and Conservative tickets.

Pheffer polled a total of 13,285 votes (76.6 percent) while Mirsky polled 4,283 (23.4 percent).

In the 31st Assembly District, Assemblywoman Michelle Titus, who held both the Democratic and Working Families party lines defeated local businessman Michael Duvalle, who ran as an independent.

Michelle Titus polled 11,617 votes (92.3 percent) while her challenger, Michael Duvalle, polled 964 (7.7 percent).

While all of Rockaway is represented by State Senator Malcolm Smith, Broad Channel was represented by Senator Ada Smith, who lost a recent Democratic primary to Shirley Huntley.

Huntley was challenged in the Senate election by Republican and Conservative candidate Jereline Hunter.

Huntley polled 31,698 votes (89.7 percent) while her challenger, Hunter polled 3,176 (11.3 percent).

The hardest fought local battle was was for the Assembly seat in the 23rd district between the incumbent, Audrey Pheffer and Challenger Stuart Mirsky.

Mirsky polled approximately 33.9 percent in his strongholds, Belle Harbor and Neponsit, but could not even manage to carry his home election district, where he only polled 34.6 percent of the vote.

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