As the song says, “two out of three ain’t bad.” Voters in the Bronx and Queens ousted incumbent legislators, Naomi Rivera and Shirley Huntley, who were accused of nepotism and misuse of state funds. The third legislator who is under federal indictment, William Boyland, survived by a plurality in an eight man primary. Despite the low voter turnout, it seems that those who cared enough to vote were determined to make their displeasure known.
The Daily News reported,
Queens Sen. Shirley Huntley, who is under indictment for a scheme to help cronies steal taxpayer money through a bogus nonprofit, was defeated soundly.
Bronx Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, who is being probed for putting her relatives and two lovers on government and nonprofit payrolls, was beaten by double digits in a race that was close during early returns.
City Councilman James Sanders Jr. bounced Huntley 57% to 40%.
Two of the three GOP state senators who voted for same-sex marriage were locked in close races. A fourth senator chose retirement rather than defeat at the polls. In Buffalo, an African American county legislator, Betty Jean Grant, was narrowly defeated by Democratic incumbent Tim Kennedy. A win by Grant would have returned an upstate African American to the State Senate (Antoine Thompson was defeated by Mark Grisanti in the 2010 General Election over same-sex marriage).
Other incumbents may be ousted in the November General Elections as voters express their displeasure with wrongdoing and legislators who go back on key election pledges.
As I wrote in the NY Post last week, corrupt elected officials should be worrying because disgruntled voters and law enforcement are hot on their heels.
UPDATE: In Upper Manhattan, voters there said “no” to political family dynasties by rejecting Assemblyman Guillermo Linares‘ bid to unseat Senator Adriano Espaillat and rejecting his daughter, Mayra Linares, bid to succeed him in the Assembly.
See – Espaillat Declares Victory In Uptown Primary – DNAInfo.com