Brooklyn primaries wrap-up
DAVID KENE | 4/12/2011, 4:38 p.m.
Barron displayed his rank over new challengers by garnering over 57 percent of all votes cast in District 42 elections. Voters in this district, which includes all of the East New York community, gave Barron 4, 073 votes, five times more than any other challenger on the ballot. With such a mandate, Barron is set to retain his chairmanship of City Council's Higher Education Committee. In District 33, which skirts from Greenpoint along Brooklyn's north coast to downtown, voters elected Stephen Levin to succeed David Yassky as their City Council member. Yassky, who faces a run-off against former Council Member John Liu in two weeks, left his seat open for new candidates. With this open seat, the chairmanship of the City Council's Committee on Small Business is also up in the air. Levin took 5, 199 votes-- 2,090 more than second place finisher Jo Anne Simon in the seven-way race. Incumbent Diana Reyna keeps her seat after these primary vote counts. Reyna received 45 percent of all votes cast in her District 34 race. However, the three-way race gave a sneak peek at a leading contender for this district seat in 2013. Maritza Davilla received 3,982 votes in her close, second place campaign finish.
And vote results in District 36, possibly the most popular ized council race in Brooklyn, left incumbent Al Vann to keep his seat for four more years. This Bedford-Stuyvesant-based election produced approximately 8,981 votes; 2, 685, or 30 percent, went to Vann. All primary election winners now advance to face what is widely believed to be miniscule opposition from Republican opponents in November's general elections.