2011-09-09 / Top Stories

Special Elections For U.S. Congress & NYS Assembly

NYS Assembly, U.S. Congress Seats Up For Grabs This Tuesday
By Nicholas Briano

The polls will open at 6 a.m. sharp this Tuesday for select Rockaway and all Broad Channel residents to choose replacements for both the U.S. Congress and New York State Assembly.

The special election will fill the State Assembly seat vacated by Audrey Pheffer, who left her post in May for the Queens County Clerk job, and the U.S. Congress seat formerly held by Anthony Weiner who resigned amidst his Twitter scandal earlier this summer.

The 9th Congressional District encompasses the western end of the Rockaway peninsula and parts of Brooklyn and central Queens. The race is a three-way contest among Democrat David Weprin, Republican Bob Turner and Socialist Workers candidate Christopher Hoeppner. While Hoeppner seems like a long shot to win the race, polls leading up to the election have Weprin and Turner neck and neck with one another.

Turner is a retired businessman and television producer who lives in Breezy Point and has never served in public office. He first ran against Weiner last year and despite having no political experience, he had a strong showing in the race, receiving 41 percent of the district’s vote. Weprin, on the other hand, is a career politician handpicked by the Democratic Party and does not live in the district. Weprin currently serves in the New York State Assembly and his brother Mark serves in the City Council. The late Saul Weprin, the candidate’s father, was once the speaker of the New York State Assembly.

Christopher Hoeppner, who turned 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 9th District.

The 23rd Assembly District seat is a race between the Democratic candidate, Phillip Goldfeder, and Breezy Point native and ex-police officer Jane Deacy as the Republican choice.

Goldfeder is a member of the large Orthodox Jewish community in Far Rockaway and has held many positions working for political officials such as Mayor Bloomberg and, most recently, Senator Charles Schumer.

While Deacy admits she has a lot to learn, she believes her strong leadership skills can prevail to get the job done. Goldfeder meanwhile, is running on the fact that he knows how everyday government operates by working closely with Senator Schumer as one of his top aides.

To find the nearest polling place visit http://gis.nyc.gov/vote/ps/index. htm or call the New York City Board of elections hotline at 866-VOTE-NYC. Polls close at 9 p.m.

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