2011-07-08 / Top Stories

Simon Snubbed From Race

By Nicholas Briano


Republican nominee Jane Deacy. Republican nominee Jane Deacy. The Queens Democratic leaders voted this week for Y. Phillip Goldfeder to represent the Democratic Party in the upcoming special election on September 13 to fill the 23rd Assembly District seat vacated by Audrey Pheffer.

Goldfeder, 30, a Far Rockaway resident, currently works for U.S. Senator Chuck Shumer as his Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, but has spent time working for Mayor Bloomberg in the Community Assistance Unit as well.

Goldfeder’s nomination once again leaves Lew Simon out of the race for another political seat. The longtime Democratic District Leader for the 23rd Assembly District truly felt this was his time to be nominated by the party which also snubbed him back in 2009 when Frank Gulluscio was nominated over him for the City Council race. Gulluscio eventually lost to Eric Ulrich.

“Politics are a dirty rotten game,” Simon told The Wave this week. “I am surprised. I thought it wasn’t going to be this way.”


Democratic nominee Y. Phillip Goldfeder. Democratic nominee Y. Phillip Goldfeder. Simon says that he has no plans for running as an independent candidate and wants to put his support behind the party’s choice.

“I am not running in the race,” he said. “I don’t want to be a spoiler.”

Goldfeder, if he wins the seat, will be up for reelection next year, when Simon could possibly run against him in a Democratic primary. The need for a special election was created when the assembly seat was vacated in May by longtime Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer who was appointed as the new Queens County Clerk. The Democratic nomination process was decided by the Democratic District leaders of the 23rd Assembly District. Among those who had a vote in the party nomination were the female leaders Jo Ann Shapiro and Geraldine Chapey and male leaders Frank Gulluscio and Lew Simon. According to Simon, Gulluscio was a no show for the vote, Simon voted for himself and both female leaders voted for Goldfeder. As a result, Goldfeder is the candidate.

According to an announcement made to The Wave by Councilmember Eric Ulrich, Goldfeder’s Republican opponent will be Breezy Point resident and ex-cop, Jane Deacy.

The special election allows each party with valid party status with the Board of Elections to nominate a candidate for the Assembly. Others without the nomination of a political party can appear on the ballot by petitioning at least 1,500 signatures of registered voters by July 11.

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