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The New York Times, September 15, 1998

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September 15, 1998, Tuesday, Late Edition - Final

SECTION: Section A; Page 26; Column 1; Editorial Desk

LENGTH: 242 words

HEADLINE: Democratic Primary Choices

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New York and Connecticut will hold primary elections today for Democratic nominations for some statewide offices. There are primaries in both the Democratic and Republican parties for some district elections. The polls in New York will be open from 6 A.M. to 9 P.M., and in Connecticut from 6 A.M. to 8 P.M. The following are our recommendations in some of these races. All the district contests involve Democrats in areas where nomination is tantamount to election.

UNITED STATES SENATE

Charles Schumer

GOVERNOR

Peter Vallone

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Clyde Rabideau

ATTORNEY GENERAL

G. Oliver Koppell

CONGRESS (New York)

Ninth District (Brooklyn, Queens): Melinda Katz.

Tenth District (Brooklyn): Barry Ford.

CONGRESS (Connecticut)

First District (Greater Hartford): Miles Rapoport.

NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE

Bronx: Assembly District 75: Ruben Diaz Jr.; Assembly District 79: Gloria Davis.

Brooklyn: Assembly District 42: Samuel Nicolas; Assembly District 45: Lena Cymbrowitz; Assembly District 54: Darryl Towns.

Manhattan: Senate District 30: Eric Schneiderman; Assembly District 72: Adriano Espaillat.

Queens: Senate District 14: Edward Sedarbaum; Assembly District 31: Pauline Rhodd-Cummings; Assembly District 36: Kimon Thermos.

CIVIL COURT

Bronx: Countywide: Wilma Guzman; Second District: La Tia Martin.

Brooklyn: Countywide: Loren B. Schiffman; Fourth District: Edward Roberts.


The New York Times, September 4, 1998

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September 4, 1998, Friday, Late Edition - Final

SECTION: Section A; Page 22; Column 1; Editorial Desk

LENGTH: 918 words

HEADLINE: Choices for the State Legislature

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New York's State Legislature is mostly a closed shop, where incumbents are protected by a complex petitioning process and an unfair fund-raising system. But there are a few competitive primary contests in New York City on Sept. 15. Here are our recommendations in 10 races in overwhelmingly Democratic districts where nomination is tantamount to election.

MANHATTAN: In Senate District 30, which stretches north from Chelsea and also includes a small section of the Bronx, two compelling candidates are competing to replace retiring Senator Franz Leichter, a Democrat. Daniel O'Donnell, Rosie's personable brother, has run a good campaign, emphasizing his service as a public defender and community activist. Nevertheless, we endorse Eric Schneiderman because of his solid work on issues ranging from subway fares and abortion rights to crime prevention and campaign finance reform.

In Assembly District 72, which includes Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill, a local political feud has matched the two-year incumbent Adriano Espaillat, the first Dominican elected to the Assembly, and Isabel Evangelista, a candidate backed by Guillermo Linares, the first Dominican on the City Council. Ms. Evangelista has waged a spirited race, but we endorse Mr. Espaillat, who has made a good start in Albany and deserves more time to pursue issues of concern to his district.

THE BRONX: In Assembly District 75, in the southeast Bronx, we prefer the young incumbent, Ruben Diaz Jr. He has shown independence from his father, a Bronx minister with anti-homosexual views. Mr. Diaz is pro-choice, has the support of gay activists and has sponsored useful legislation on asthma, a major problem in his district. His opponent, Jose Espada, has failed to make any good arguments why Mr. Diaz does not deserve another term.

Assembly District 79, which includes Morrisania, Melrose and part of Fordham, has a growing Hispanic population. The challenger, Frankie Cruz, the cable television commentator, says the longtime incumbent, Gloria Davis, an African-American, has shortchanged the newer arrivals. Ms. Davis, who has the support of most of the party heavyweights, does need to become more inclusive. But she seems the better choice, based on her ability to deliver for this needy district.

BROOKLYN: Among the most interesting contests is that in Assembly District 42, which includes parts of Crown Heights and Flatbush. The veteran incumbent Rhoda Jacobs faces Samuel Nicolas, cousin of Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant brutally injured in police custody last year. Ms. Jacobs deserves praise for her 10 terms in Albany, and her efforts to reach out in a district that has become a mainly Caribbean community. But we endorse Mr. Nicolas, who might bring a fresh burst of energy to a district where many residents are estranged from the political system.

In Assembly District 45, which sweeps through Brighton Beach, Kings Highway, Flatbush and Midwood, there are four candidates for the seat vacated by Dan Feldman. They are Arnold Wolsky, a lawyer and Jewish activist; Alan Sclar, a former Feldman aide; Joel Garson, the party organization's candidate, and Lena Cymbrowitz, a native of Egypt who is a fund-raising and marketing consultant. We endorse Ms. Cymbrowitz, a bright and centrist candidate whose sympathies for the elderly we admire.

In Assembly District 54, which includes Bushwick and Cypress Hills, the incumbent, Darryl Towns, faces a former ally, Martin Malave-Dilan. Mr. Dilan, a lackluster City Councilman, has charged that Mr. Towns is a do-nothing legislator waiting to take over the Congressional seat of his father, Representative Edolphus Towns. Mr. Towns has shown troubling signs that he has his father's soft spot for the tobacco lobby, helping to kill a bill to limit smoking in restaurants around the state. Nevertheless we endorse him because he is an articulate voice who has been trying to create a multiracial, progressive caucus in the Legislature.

QUEENS: State Senator George Onorato has reigned for 15 years in Senate District 14 in northwest Queens. He now faces two strong challengers: George Delis, the Community Board 1 district manager, and Edward Sedarbaum, a community and gay rights activist. Either is preferable to Mr. Onorato, whose strong anti-abortion position and ties to the Christian Coalition are increasingly at odds with his changing community. Since Mr. Sedarbaum seems likely to be the more innovative legislator, we support his candidacy.

In a special election last March, voters in Assembly District 31, in Far Rockaway, Springfield Gardens and South Ozone Park, elected Pauline Rhodd-Cummings, candidate of the Queens Democratic Party, by a scant 211 votes. She is again opposed by the Rev. Evan Gray, minister of a church in Far Rockaway. Mr. Gray is a worthy challenger but Ms. Cummings deserves another term to pursue an ambitious agenda on education, jobs and housing.

In Assembly District 36, in Astoria and Long Island City, Kimon Thermos barely lost the last primary to the incumbent, Denis Butler. Mr. Butler has represented the district diligently, but after 22 years it is time to pass along the duties to Mr. Thermos, an impressive young candidate who wants to use his energies to improve local schools, cut juvenile crime and enhance health care for seniors. Mr. Thermos has also promised to tackle the state's abysmal campaign finance reform system, which too often gives New York legislators their jobs for life.


The New York Times, September 10, 1996

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September 10, 1996, Tuesday, Late Edition - Final

SECTION: Section A; Page 26; Column 1; Editorial Desk

LENGTH: 219 words

HEADLINE: New York City Primary Choices

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This list summarizes our recommendations for certain legislative and judicial primary races in New York City today where the outcome is tantamount to election and the race is closely contested. As always, our most important recommendation is nonpartisan: It is to urge you to vote. Poll hours in the city are 6 A.M. to 9 P.M.

Bronx

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

17th District: Eliot Engel (D)

ASSEMBLY

80th District: Jeffrey Klein (D)

Brooklyn

STATE SENATE

12th District (Brooklyn and Queens): Ada Smith (D); 17th District: Nilka Alvarez (D); 19th District: John Sampson (D); 23d District (Brooklyn and Staten Island): Robert DiCarlo (R).

ASSEMBLY

42d District: Rhoda Jacobs (D); 51st District: Felix Ortiz (D); 55th District: William Boyland (D).

SURROGATE'S COURT

Michael Feinberg (D)

CIVIL COURT

Bernard Fuchs (D)

Manhattan

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Eighth District (Manhattan and Brooklyn): Jerrold Nadler (D)

ASSEMBLY

68th District: Francisco Diaz Jr. (D); 72d District: Adriano Espaillat (D).

SURROGATE'S COURT

Renee Roth (D)

CIVIL COURT

First Municipal District: Paul Feinman (D); Fourth Municipal District: Eileen Rakower (D); Seventh Municipal District: Milton Tingling (D); Ninth Municipal District: Arthur Birnbaum (D).

Queens

ASSEMBLY

36th District: Kimon Thermos (D)


The New York Times, September 5, 1996

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September 5, 1996, Thursday, Late Edition - Final

SECTION: Section A; Page 22; Column 1; Editorial Desk

LENGTH: 701 words

HEADLINE: The Assembly Primaries

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New York City sends more than 60 legislators to the State Assembly, but most do not face difficult races this November, and only a few will be opposed in next Tuesday's primaries. Here are the more serious contests.

36th District (Queens): Democratic primary. Denis Butler, 69, has represented this Astoria-based district for 20 years. Although we disagree with his unyielding pro-life stance, Mr. Butler deserves respect for his sincerity, hard work and service to his district. But after 20 years, he has achieved about all he can as a legislator. Our choice is his opponent, Kimon Thermos, a young lawyer and community activist.

42d District (Brooklyn): Democratic primary. The major issue in this district, which includes parts of Crown Heights and Flatbush, appears to be whether Rhoda Jacobs, an 18-year veteran, should represent a district that is overwhelmingly minority. James Connolly, her black opponent, says that "a Jewish lady" cannot understand the problems of young black men. Mr. Connolly misses the point. Minority voters may support a well-qualified minority candidate out of community pride. But a contender who tries a divisive, ethnic-based approach advertises that he has nothing more substantial to offer. We endorse Ms. Jacobs.

51st District (Brooklyn): Democratic primary. Felix Ortiz, a first-term legislator, represents this district, which includes Sunset Park, Red Hook and a sliver of Park Slope. Mr. Ortiz is well regarded in the Assembly for both his hard work and talent at coalition-building. In a city where Latino neighborhoods are often shortchanged by the quality of their representatives, Mr. Ortiz could grow into an important leader. His opponent, John O'Hara, has a record of community service, but the district has no reason to reject an incumbent who shows as much promise as Mr. Ortiz.

55th District (Brooklyn): Democratic primary. Residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Ocean Hill-Brownsville and Crown Heights have so many pressing needs that it would be hard to fault the incumbent, William Boyland, for focusing on nuts-and-bolts issues, like obtaining construction projects for his district and protecting existing state jobs from budget cuts. His opponent, Reginald Bowman, a community activist, deserves praise for bringing some accountability to district politics. We give our endorsement, narrowly, to Mr. Boyland.

68th District (Manhattan): Democratic primary. Two years ago, Francisco Diaz Jr. won this East Harlem Assembly seat from the Del Toro machine with the help of neighborhood reform groups. Now Mr. Diaz is being challenged by Nelson Antonio Denis, a lawyer with degrees from Harvard and Yale who is well versed in district and state issues. Mr. Denis claims he has the energy and the political skills to serve the area better. He might indeed make more of a splash in Albany than the low-profile incumbent. But Mr. Diaz deserves re-election and a little more time to prove himself.

72d District (Manhattan): Democratic primary. John Brian Murtaugh has represented this Northern Manhattan district for 16 years. He learned to speak Spanish as Hispanic residents moved into the area, and served as a useful peacemaker in disputes on the local school board. But as a state legislator Mr. Murtaugh has never stood out. This year the district has the opportunity to elect a candidate with more leadership potential. Adriano Espaillat is an energetic and ambitious district leader who has a background in victim services and drug prevention, as well as an impressive grasp of neighborhood and state issues. We recommend a vote for Mr. Espaillat, who holds more promise for the future.

80th District (Bronx): Democratic primary. Voters in the neighborhoods around Bronx Park will choose between Jeffrey Klein, the one-term incumbent, and Dennis Nagle, a district leader. Mr. Nagle, who formerly worked for the Democratic Bronx leader, George Friedman, is now running on an anti-organization platform. Mr. Klein was an unusually active legislator during his first two years in Albany, successfully sponsoring bills to crack down on cigarette smuggling and auto-stripping. Mr. Nagle has run hard, but Mr. Klein deserves a second term.


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