Democrats retain seats in New York Assembly special elections
On Tuesday, New York held six special elections for the New York State Assembly. A special election for US House District 9 as well as local primary elections were also held on Tuesday. Four of the special elections were called due to appointments by Governor Andrew Cuomo. There was also one retirement and one local judicial appointment. Despite losing the 9th Congressional District to Republicans, state Democrats retained all their seats in the State Assembly. The breakdown of results is as follows:
- New York Assembly District 23: Phillip Goldfeder (D) defeated Jane Deacy (R). Goldfeder will replace Audrey Pheffer (D).
- New York Assembly District 27: Michael Simanowitz (D) defeated Marco Desena (R). Simanowitz will replace Nettie Mayersohn (D).
- New York Assembly District 54: Rafael Espinal (D) defeated Jesus Gonzalez (WFP) and Deidra Towns (CFP). Espinal will replace Darryl Towns (D).
- New York Assembly District 73: Dan Quart (D) defeated Paul Niehaus (R). Quart will replace Jonathan Bing (D).
- New York Assembly District 116: Anthony Brindisi (D) defeated Gregory Johnson (R). Brindisi will replace RoAnn Destito (D).
- New York Assembly District 144: Sean Ryan (D) defeated Sean Kipp (R) and Gregory Horn (G). Ryan will replace Sam Hoyt (D).
Since Democrats retained their seats in the special elections, the partisan balance of the New York State Assembly will remain unchanged.
State Assembly Partisan Balance
|Party||As of August 2014|
- Capital Tonight, "Hoyt Resigns (Updated)," June 30, 2011
- Wall Street Journal, "GOP Wins in Race to Replace Weiner," September 14, 2011
- The Yeshiva World News, "BREAKING: Phil Goldfeder Wins Assembly Race," September 13, 2011
- Wall Street Journal, "6 of 6 Dems capture NY Assembly special elections," September 13, 2011
- WGRZ 2, "Sean Ryan Wins Race for 144th Assembly District," September 13, 2011