UFT candidates sweep Senate primaries


The UFT-endorsed candidates -- from seasoned hands to newcomers -- won big in the Sept. 9 primary races. The strong showing by the union's choices for the state Senate bodes well for turning that chamber Democratic, UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.

"A true Senate Democratic majority is within our reach," said Mulgrew. "There are more Senate seats in our grasp than we thought was possible."

All of the union's preferred state Senate candidates were victorious, indicating a strong hand for the Democrats as they head toward the November elections.

Jesse Hamilton had a huge victory, garnering 64.9 percent of the vote in a crowded field competing for the District 20 seat in Brooklyn vacated by Eric Adams, the borough president. Leroy Comrie, the former city councilmember, won a decisive victory in Queens Senate District 14, with 69.4 percent.

The other UFT-endorsed State senate primary winners are: Adriano Espaillat, District 31 (Manhattan); James Sanders Jr., District 10 (Queens); Toby Ann Stavisky, District 16 (Queens); Martin Malave Dilan, District 18 (Brooklyn); Gustavo Rivera, District 33 (the Bronx); and Jeffrey Klein, District 34 (Bronx-Westchester).

In the Assembly, Jo Anne Simon won one of the most hotly contested races in the 52nd District in Brooklyn, with nearly 53 percent of the vote, although the UFT was the only union to throw its support behind her. ...

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