2011-07-15 / Top Stories

Parties Set Candidates For Special Election

Weprin Takes On Turner For House Deacy Takes On Goldfedder For Assembly
By Howard Schwach

Despite the fact that nobody in the general electorate had a say in choosing the candidates for the upcoming September 13 special election, the candidates have been set and are ready to campaign hard in the two months left between now and the primary election day.

The party leaders have spoken, and Breezy Point retired businessman Bob Turner will be facing career politician David Weprin in the special election to fill the seat vacated by Congressman Anthony Weiner in the wake of his sexting scandal.

For the Assembly seat vacated by Audrey Pheffer when she became Queens County Clerk, the race will be between Far Rockaway native V. Philip Goldfeder and Breezy Point resident Jane Deacy.

Turner challenged Weiner in 2010, winning about 40 percent of the vote.

He ran particularly strong in Breezy Point and Neponsit, but did less well in other portions of the district, which extends from Rockaway to Forest Hills and parts of Brooklyn.

On the Democratic side, they’re already cheering their pick, State Assemblyman David Weprin, who, on Friday, officially became the Democratic candidate for the 9th Congressional District.

“This is going to be a real race. We have to take this seriously. It’s a sprint,” Weprin said.

“With David, what you see is what you get. He’s been in politics a long time. My family’s been in politics a long time,” said Weprin’s brother, City Councilman Mark Weprin. Weprin’s late father, Saul Weprin, was once the speaker of the New York State Assembly.

While Turner did not return calls to The Wave for comment on his candidacy, Queens Republican chair Phil Ragusa said, “We are very pleased to have such a capable and experienced candidate to win this seat. Bob ran strongly against the incumbent last time and we know that he has the momentum now going into the special election to win and send a strong message to Washington that the people need real change for the American people.”

Meanwhile, Turner was recently fined by the Federal Elections Committee for “slow reporting of donations” during the last election. He was fined a total of $16,000.

Meanwhile, there’s also the question of whether the congressional seat in play will exist at all after 2012. The state is losing two spots in the House of Representatives, and many think Weiner’s old slot will be one of them.

Weprin, though, insists he’s not running to count down the clock.

“I’m not here to be a caretaker,” he said. “I’m here to fight and fill the vacuum in the 9th Congressional District.”

“No one knows what’s going to happen in reapportionment. Anyone who says they do is dreaming,” said Con- gressman Joseph Crowley.

Unlike his opponent, Weprin doesn’t live in the district he’s hoping to represent. It isn’t technically a requirement, but it may be an issue with voters he needs to win over to get this new job.

Weprin also has the endorsement of the Working Families Party and the Independence Party.

Turner also got the nod from the Conservative Party.

On Wednesday, a third candidate announced for the seat.

Christopher Hoeppner, who will turn in petitions to be placed on the ballot as the candidate of the Socialist Workers Party, says that he works at an electronics assembly factory in the Ninth District and “has been active in many social

In the Assembly race, ex-police officer Jane Deacy a Tea Party Republican, will face off against V. Philip Goldfeder, a Democrat, who is a member of the large Orthodox Jewish community in Far Rockaway.

Reportedly, Orthodox communities in both Brooklyn and Nassau County are fundraising for Goldfeder, and if money counts, that support may give him the edge, insiders say.

Goldfeder has worked for many politicians, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and, most recently, for Senator Charles Schumer.

He hopes that being in politics will help him win the election, and he plans to run on the fact that he knows how government works.

Vivian Rattay Carter, who works for The Wave as an advertising representative, has been nominated by the Green Party and has accepted the nomination.

Carter says she is waiting for certification by the Board of Elections before issuing a statement.

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