Queens State Sen. Shirley Huntley and Bronx Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, saddled by legal troubles, tumble in Democratic primaries – NYDN


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,

Three state lawmakers with legal troubles entered Democratic primaries Thursday, and only one survived.

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.

But Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland Jr., who is under a federal indictment alleging corruption for a second time, eked out a victory, at just 37%, because the field contained eight challengers.

City Councilman James Sanders Jr. bounced Huntley 57% to 40%.

Rivera was taken down by Mark Gjonaj, Bronx Commissioner of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, by a margin of 52% to 41%

Rivera fled her campaign headquarters early, condemning the charges that contributed to her demise.

“This has been a difficult campaign, unlike anything I have ever witnessed in my career — not a campaign based on substance or issues but on pathetic smear attacks,” she said.

Read more – Queens State Sen. Shirley Huntley and Bronx Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, saddled by legal troubles, tumble in Democratic primaries – NY Daily News.

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

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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One Response to Queens State Sen. Shirley Huntley and Bronx Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera, saddled by legal troubles, tumble in Democratic primaries – NYDN

  1. Dale Benjamin Drakeford says:

    One is one too many. With 8 choices, the criminal still gets the nod? Sometime we know how low the voter ethical IQ is, from the simple arithmetic. Batting 2 out of 3 in baseball is terrific, but in responsible government it is a serious foul ball. Fix it voters!

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