In last night’s election, Democrat City Councilmember Vincent Gentile won reelection against his Republican challenger, John Quaglione, 63% to 36%, out of 20,142 votes cast.
This will be Gentile’s third term as a City Councilmember. The term limit for City elected officials was extended in 2008 from two terms to three by the City Council and Mayor Bloomberg – a bill that Gentile voted against. City voters approved a referendum in 2010 that set the limit back to two terms… but that limit does not apply to officials in office at the time of the 2010 referendum, so Gentile remained eligible for a third term.
(Borough Park Councilmember David Greenfield will be the last representative eligible for a third term – he joined the Council in March 2010 in a special election to replace Simcha Felder, and was elected to his first official term last night.)
Because he first entered the Council in a 2003 special election to fill the remainder of Marty Golden’s term, Gentile’s first three years on the Council don’t count against the limit. The additional years will make Gentile the representative with the most seniority when the Council meets in January.
In other election news:
New York is ready for a tall mayor – Public Advocate Bill de Blasio defeated former MTA Chairman Joe Lhota 74-24, with a touch over 1 million votes cast. The vote in Bay Ridge was split much more evenly than it was across the city as a whole – areas between Third and Seventh Avenues, and blocks closer to the shore and down the ridge leaning to Lhota.
- Carlos Menchaca, a former aide to Council Speaker Christine Quinn, defeated token opposition from Conservative party candidate Henry Lallave to win the 38th Council district, 91-9. Menchaca defeated 11-year incumbent Sara Gonzalez in the primary in September, and will represent Sunset Park and Red Hook.
- Ken Thompson won the race to become the Brooklyn District Attorney, leading incumbent Charles Hynes 74-26 with 96% of election precincts reporting at the time this article was written. Thompson defeated Hynes in September’s Democratic primary by a narrower margin, 55-44. While Hynes was already on the ballot for the Republican and Conservative parties, he initially conceded the race, and failed to hold onto pre-primary endorsements from Democratic elected leaders.
- State Senator Eric Adams will replace Marty Markowitz as Brooklyn Borough President, after defeating Conservative party candidate Elias Weir, 90-10. Markowitz has been the often-times cartoonish ambassador for Brooklyn, and I have to wonder how long it will be before Adams’s staff expunges all evidence of “the crappy mall” from the Borough President’s web site (seriously – #21).
- In other citywide races, Democrats Letitia James and Scott Stringer won elections for Public Advocate and Comptroller, respectively, each with over 80% of the vote. Statewide, voters supported ballot proposals authorizing casinos, benefits for military veterans, land swaps and mining rights in the Adirondacks, and exclusion of sewage treatment costs from municipal debt limits. Voters rejected a proposal that would raise the mandatory retirement age for judges on the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.