Sep 192013
Incumbent City Councilmember Vincent Gentile (left) and challenger John Quaglione will face each other in a series of debates in October. (Photos:,

Incumbent City Councilmember Vincent Gentile (left) and challenger John Quaglione will face each other in a series of debates in October. (Photos:,

The run-up to last week’s primary election was competitive – and contentious at times – for a number of political races across the city. The nominating process for Mayor is over, and Republican Joe Lhota and Democrat Bill de Blasio will run against each other in November’s general election. There were some surprises – notably with the defeat of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and Sunset Park Councilmember Sara Gonzales, both long-time incumbents. And there is one race – the Democratic nomination for Public Advocate – which is still to be decided through a runoff.

In the 43rd City Council district, encompassing Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, and parts of Bensonhurst, the scene has been relatively quiet, as incumbent Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D) and challenger John Quaglione (R) ran for their parties’ nominations unopposed.

That quiet will soon come to an end: in October, Gentile and Quaglione will face off against each other in three debates, and will also both appear in at least one additional candidates’ forum:

  • Wednesday, October 2 (9am) – Debate hosted by the Bay Ridge Council on Aging (Fort Hamilton Senior Center, 9941 Fort Hamilton Pkwy)
  • Wednesday, October 2 (7pm) – Candidates’ Forum hosted by the Bay Ridge Real Estate Board (Dyker Beach Golf Course)
  • Monday, October 7 (8pm) – Debate hosted by the Dyker Heights Civic Association (St. Philip’s Church Hall, 1072 80th Street)
  • Tuesday, October 22 (8pm) – Debate hosted by the Bay Ridge Community Council (Holy Angels Academy, 337 74th Street)

Vincent Gentile has served in the Council since 2003, when he won a special election to replace Marty Golden (who vacated the seat after defeating Gentile in the State Senate race the prior November). John Quaglione is a first-time candidate, and is the deputy chief-of-staff in Golden’s State Senate office.

  • John

    Speaking as a former Gentile supporter, I’m ready for a change. Vinny tilts at windmills and concentrates on unimportant issues. Plus he should be term limited out, but he’s willing to compromise his “principles” and take advantage of the change in the term limits law he claims to have opposed. Time for Vinny to find other work outside of government. We need a fresh face for Bay Ridge, someone who can get things done.

  • Gene

    OK “John”. In real life, Vinny has brought $80M to this district over the past few years. Meanwhile, Quaglioney wouldn’t pick up a cigarette butt off the street unless someone was there to take a photo. Vinny will win and deserves to win. He has stood up to Christine Quinn and Mike Bloomberg. Quaglioney is a fraud.

  • Bruce


    Vinnie “stood up” to Bloomberg and Quinn? To what benefit for Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights? Zero benefit is your answer. Vinnie’s record of bringing city funds into his district lags behind most other council members with his long tenure, for a simple reason. Vinnie consistently alienated city leadership without benefit to his district, and was an outsider when it came to allocation of city resources. Simply put, Vinnie had no power in city government and had to accept table scraps when it came to the distribution of city funds. Vinnie’s had his chance, and a lot of voters in the district long ago tired of his ineffectiveness.