Candidates Issues

Meeting on the State Budget – May 16, 2024

Location of the May 16, 2024 meeting is at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, Queens.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Meeting is held upstairs.

You could watch the meeting live on YouTube 7:30 pm sharp!

1. Pledge of Allegiance 7:30
2. Reading of club’s Mission Statement (Jim Strawhorn)
3. Roll call of officers and board members (Jimmy Schwatzman)
4. Reading of club’s 4/18 minutes (David Kemp)
5. Report of the Financial Secretary/Treasurer
6. Featured speaker:  Ana Champeny, Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College and VP for Research at Citizens Budget Commission will advise the failures and problems of the late $237 Billion State Budget. The club is splitting the agenda so the first half of the meeting could be dedicated to her presentation and audience questions from 7:40 to 8:15. Do not miss this!

7. Old Business
NYC Local Law 11 Non-Citizen Voting (March 2024)
Congestion Pricing (June 30, 2024) Malliotakis Gottheimer bill.

8. Announcement
– Shruti Gajadhar Sukul
– Jeremia Kaambo, Presidential candidate in Namibia
– Steven Wang, Candidate for State Assembly
– 50/50 Raffle
9. New Business – Invited Candidates

– Stephen Weiner, Surrogate Court Judge
– Julie Milner, Judge of the Civil Court (Amish R. Doshi)
– Kenneth Paek, State Assembly 25 (Nily Rozic)
– Dwyane Moore, State Assembly 29 (Alicia Hyndman)
Please note that the list is subject to change. Candidates who spoke at the club before will be recognized, but time will be prioritized to those introducing themselves for the first time.

10. Adjournment 9:30

RSVP is recommended.

Next meeting is June 20, 2024.

The club is planning to invite all elected official in Queens to speak at its July 18 or August 15 meeting.
Republican and Conservative Candidates
– Michael Sapraicone (R,C) US Senate
– Stephen H. Weiner (R,C) Surrogate Court Judge
– William D. Shanahan (R,C), Judge of the Civil Court, Queens #1
– Jacob Zeimanovitz (C), Judge of the Civil Court, 5th Municipal Kings #12
Michael LiPetri (R,C), US Congress 3
– Paul King (R,C), US Congress 5
– Thomas J. Zmich (R,C), US Congress 6
– Bill Kregler (R,C), US Congress 7
– John J. Delaney (R,C), US Congress 8
– Menachem M. Raitport (R,C), US Congress 9
– Alexander Dodenhoff (R), US Congress 10
– Paul J. Briscoe (C), US Congress 10
– Nicole Malliotakis (R,C), US Congress 11
– Michael Zumblaskas (R,C), US Congress 12
– Ruben Dario Vargas (R,C), US Congress 13
– Tina Forte (R,C), US Congress 14
– Gonzalo Duran (R,C), US Congress 15
– Miriam Levitt Flisser (R), US Congress 16
– Michael A. O’Reilly (R,C) State Senate 10
– Yiatin Chu (R,C), State Senate 11
– Han-Khon To (R,C), State Senate 12
Danniel Maio (C), State Senate 15
Juan Pagan (C), State Senate 16
– Stephen T. Chan (R,C), State Senate 17
– Simcha Felder (R,C,D), State Senate 22
– Marko Kepi (C), State Senate 23
– Andrew J. Lanza (R,C) State Senate 24
– Vito J. Labella (R,C), State Senate 26
– Louis Puliafito (R), State Senate 28
– Tanya Carmichael (R,C), State Senate 29
– Woodrow Hines Jr. (R), State Senate 31
– Bernadette Stroud (R,C), State Senate 32
– Dion Jordan Powell (R,C), State Senate 33
– Emily Yiexin Miller (R), State Senate 47
– Thomas P. Sullivan (R,C), State Assembly 23
– Ruben D. Cruz (R,C), State Assembly 24
– Kenneth Chiu (R), State Assembly 25
Kenneth Chong Paek (R,C), State Assembly 25
Robert J. Speranza (C), State Assembly 26
Angelo King (R), State Assembly 27
– Jonathan Rinaldi (R), State Assembly 28
– Dwayne Moore (R), State Assembly 29
– Brandon P. Castro (R), State Assembly 30
– Philip S.C. Wong (R,C), State Assembly 40
– Carl Caller (R), State Assembly 41
Kalman Yeger (R,C), State Assembly 41
– John L. Bennett (R,C), State Assembly 44
Michael Novakhov (R,C), State Assembly 45
– Alec Brook-Krasny (R,C), State Assembly 46
– David Sepiashvili (R,C), State Assembly 47
– Simcha Eichenstein (C), State Assembly 48
– Lester Chang (R,C), State Assembly 49
– Erik S. Frankel (R,C), State Assembly 51
– Brett Wynkoop (C), State Assembly 52
– Berneda W. Jackson (R,C), State Assembly 55
– Jaime R. Williams (R,C), State Assembly 59
– Michael W. Reilly Jr. (R,C), State Assembly 62
– Sam T. Pirozzolo (R,C), State Assembly 63
– Michael Tannousis (R,C), State Assembly 64
– Josiel Andujar (R), State Assembly 71
– Dr. Awadhesh Gupta (R), State Assembly 73
– Norman Sobe McGill (R), State Assembly 77
– Elianni Del Carmen Tejada Fabia (C), State Assembly 77
– John Santiago (R,C), State Assembly 78
– Sharon Darby (R), State Assembly 79
– Emmanuel A. Findlay Jr. (C), State Assembly 79
– Grace Marrero (C), State Assembly 80
– Nicholas Marricco (R), State Assembly 80
– Kevin Pazmino (R,C), State Assembly 81
– Juan De La Cruz (R,C), State Assembly 82
– Stephanie Liggio (R,C), State Assembly 83
– Rosaline Nieves (R), State Assembly 84
– Tyreek Goodman (C), State Assembly 84
– Kelly Atkinson (R), State Assembly 85
– Gary W. Lutz (C), State Assembly 85
– Woodrow Hines Jr. (R), State Assembly 86
– Darney Rivers (C), State Assembly 86
– Theresa Kemp (C), State Assembly 87

Candidates Issues

Meeting on Migrant Crisis – April 18, 2024

Nicholas Softy, State and Local Field Representative of Federation for American Immigration Reform gave a concise presentation filled with facts.

Candidates who presented themselves from left to right were Brandon Castro, State Assembly 30 against Steven Raga; Angelo King, State Assembly 27 against Sam Berger; Juan Pagan, State Senate 11 against John Liu; Bill Kregler, US Congress 7 against Nydia Velazquez; Paul King, US Congress 5 against Gregory Meeks; Thomas Zmich, US Congress 6 against Grace Meng; Dr. Josh Eisen, US Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand; William Shanahan, Queens Civil Court Judge; and Ruben Diario Cruz (not pictured), State Assembly 24 against David Weprin.

First time attendees were invited to speak.  Christopher Johnson delivered an impressive introduction!

Other updates discussed include the unconstitutional NYC Local Law 11/2022 Non-Citizen Voting being brought before the Court of Appeals; movement against NYS Equal Rights Amendment (“Parent Replacement Act”) ballot proposal in November 2024; MTA cutting deals with NJ, SI, UES, Battery Park lawsuit filers against Congestion Pricing; Governor Hochul’s state budget to include elements of “City of YES“, specifically, opting-in Accessory Dwelling Units.  The state budget has not been adopted as of April 18, 2024.

Click the image to view the Live Streamed meeting video.

The Club live streamed the meeting via YouTube for the first time.  We had a peak of 9 concurrent viewers.  Thank you!

The next third Thursday meeting is May 16, 2024.  Featured speaker is Ana Champeny from the Citizens Budget Commission on the New York State budget.  At the speaker’s request, the order of meeting’s agenda will be rearranged.  Ms. Champeny is up first from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm.

Candidates Issues

Meeting on Petitioning and Albany – March 21, 2024

Petitioning, Albany and Haiti

Jude Elie, Presidential candidate of Haiti updated the club on the situation in his country.

Lester Chang, first Chineses Republican State Assemblyman (49 District), discussed how he won his race in 2022, and offered his guidance for candidates running this year.

Phil Grillo talked about his January 6, 2020 experience and his case before the federal court.

Candidates who spoke:  Yiatin Chu, State Senate 11 (Toby Ann Stavisky); Joseph Chou, US Congress 6 (Grace Meng); Ricardo Pacheco, State Assembly 34 (Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas); Robert Speranza, State Assembly 26 (Edward Braunstein); Ruben Diario Cruz, State Assembly 24 (David Weprin); Ken Li, State Senate 17 (Iwen Chu); David Rem, US Congress 14 (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez); and Juan Pagan, State Senate 16 (John Liu).

Petition collectors are needed.  Please contact  Some candidates are offering to pay.  April 4 is the last day to submit petitions.

– Next meeting is April 18, 2024.  Nicholas Softy, Field representative of Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is scheduled to speak.

Video of March 21, 2024 meeting.


Redistricted Maps & History

Based on Special Master’s 2022 map, New York had 4 Congressional districts flipped to Republican in November 2022.  Albany Democrats had the Special Master’s map voided and Independent Redistricting Commission’s February 2024 proposal rejected to pass its own version on February 28, 2024, and was enacted by Governor Hochul on the same day.  It’s good until 2032.
State Assembly maps by the Independent Redistricting Commission adopted on April 24, 2023.  Nearly identical to the “unconstitutional” version signed into law on February 3, 2022.

Certified NYS Congressional and State Senate maps by the Special Master

The certified and approved Congressional and State Senate maps.

Certified Congressional Map for New York City

Redistricted maps on the New York City Board of Elections website first published on February 25, 2022.

Resources:  Have I been redistricted? by   Redistricting & You, the Twitter account of Michael Li NYU Law Brennan Center, and FiveThirtyEight.

Candidates Issues

Meeting on the 2/13 Special Elections and Taxes – February 15, 2024

Post February 13 Special Elections and Taxes!

Republican lost both races.  Mazi Melesa Pilip and Norman McGill have an open invitation to talk about their race in any future meeting.

The redrawn Congressional lines have been adopted by the Independent Redistricting Commission, and submitted to the State legislature for adoption on February 15Most of the lines have not changed much except for some upstate districts.  But it does favor incumbents more.  Result indicates that Governor Hochul’s challenge to Special Master’s 2022 map was a waste of taxpayer money.

Bob Chou, chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, Queens County, talked about his life, experience and conservative values.  

Steve Gillan presented Project Civica to help get out the vote and registration, to train poll watchers, to challenge voter irregularities, and to support candidates signing on its Common Sense Contract.  Vanessa DeLise discussed her Liberty Neighborhood meetings to inform and educate homeowners on common issues and concerns. Several members and attendees offer their expertise and connection to help.  Elena Chin, president of the Queens Chapter of Moms of Liberty, talked about the organization and the protest at its January 18 town hall in Manhattan.  Antonella Spaventa had signatures collected to have a street in Bay Ridge named after Nicholas Funaro, a Silver Star veteran.

Candidates who presented themselves were Hasime Samantha Zherka, US Congress 14 (AOC); Michael O’Reilly, NYS Senate 10 (Sanders); Dwayne Moore, US Congress 5 (Meeks); David A. Bellon, US Senate (Gillibrand); Juan Pagan, NYS Senate 16 (Liu);  Jonathan Rinaldi, US Congress 14 (AOC); and Joseph Chou, US Congress 6 (Meng).

Thank you, Tzlil Levy (holding the raffle bucket), for running the meeting!

The next meeting is March 21, 2024 (Thursday) at Grace Lutheran Church, 103-15 Union Turnpike, Forest Hills, Queens.

April 2, 2024 is New York’s Presidential Primary.  Early voting starts March 23.  Schedule of Presidential Primaries.   June 25, 2024 is the Primary; and November 5, 2024 is the General.



Special Election: February 13, 2024

3rd Congressional District (Queens/Nassau)

Proclamation:  December 5 (70 days ’till election)
Enrollment Congress (as of 11/1/2023): 224,741 (Dem); 161,624 (Rep); 5,348 (Con); 1,108 (Wor); 16,816 (oth); 161,057 (blank); 570,694 (total)
Mazi Melesa Pilip (R,C) vs. Tom Suozzi (D) ✅

77 Assembly District (Bronx)

Proclamation:  January 12 (32 days till election)
Enrollment Assembly (as of 11/1/2023): 52,095 (Dem); 3.051 (Rep); 205 (Con); 278 (Wor); 1,117 (oth); 11,841 (blank); 68,587 (total)
Norman McGill (R,C) vs. Landon Dais (D) ✅


Meeting on Issues: Marijuana & “City of YES” – January 18, 2024

Against “City of YES” and legalization of marijuana.

Speaker Vic Starsky’s warning on “City of YES” zoning changes.

NEW YORK – Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Dan Garodnick today announced that DCP will hold monthly public information sessions on components of the City of Yes for Housing Opportunity proposal, highlighting how they will benefit New Yorkers and address the city’s housing crisis. Held once a month from January to April via Zoom, the info sessions will offer the public opportunities to learn and ask questions about the Universal Affordability Preference (UAP), diverse housing types (ADUs, conversions, and shared and small homes), “Missing Middle” housing types, and the proposal as a whole, respectively.

  • Tuesday, January 30: The Universal Affordability Preference – register here
  • Tuesday, February 27: Diverse Housing Types (ADUs, Conversions, & Shared/Small Homes) – register here
  • Wednesday, March 27: “Missing Middle” Housing Types (transit-oriented development and “town center” zoning) – register here
  • Wednesday, April 17: Overview of the City of Yes for Housing Opportunity Proposal – register here

Each of the info sessions will take place from 6:30-8:30 PM.


Meeting on 2024 Elections – December 21, 2023

Candidates committed or interested to run for US Senate, US Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, and judge in 2024 presented themselves.

February 13, 2024 is the date of the Special Election for the third Congressional district.  Mazi Melesa Pilip is the Republican/Conservative candidate against Tom Suozzi.  Candidate Kellen Curry said he will support Pilip in the Special.

Candidates from left to right:  Steven Wang (State Assembly 25), Kenneth Chiu (State Assembly 25), Philip Wang (State Assembly 40), Paul King (US Congress 5), Juan Pagan (State Assembly 26), Mekita Jacqueline Coe (US Congress 5), Kellen Curry (US Congress 3), Jonathan Rinaldi (US Congress ?), Diane Sare (US Senate), Stephen Weiner (Queens Surrogate Court), and Joseph Chou (US Congress 6).  Not pictured is Joel Anabilah-Azumah (US Congress 9) due to not having enough chairs on the stage.

The newly-elected (October 6, 2023) Brooklyn County GOP Chairman, Richie Barsamian, gave a rousing leadership speech!
Craig Tyson on Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to bar President Trump’s ballot access.

Other topics presented were Israel-Hamas situation by Jonathan Dyckman; Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to ban President Trump’s primary ballot access in that state by Craig Tyson;  NYIRC hearing on 12/28 on the to-be-redrawn Congressional lines in New York State; club’s attention on election integrity including Josephine Aronson’s report on NY Citizens Audit; and Mayor Eric Adams’ City of Yes proposal as a future meeting topic.

2024 Officers and Board of Directors submitted by the Nominating Committee on November 16, 2023 were confirmed with one objection.

Brian Earleg from Boston won the 50/50 raffle.  Meeting was adjourned at 9:39 pm.


Candidates Issues

Meeting on Post-Election Lessons Learned – November 16, 2023

Now that the 2023 November 7th General Elections are over, what’s next ? Candidates looked back and planned forward.  Click here to see the results.

– NY’s Congressional lines could be redrawn!
– Vic Starsky against Mayor Adams’ “City of Yes” proposal  Video on Future of Housing in NYC
– Edward Manfredonia
– Martha Rowen on Election Day experience

– Michael Mossa, Queens District Attorney
– William Shanahan, Civil Court Judge, 6th Municipal
– Juan Pagan, 2nd City Council
– Robert Bobrick, 3rd City Council
– Elizabeth Golluscio, 5th City Council
– Diane di Stasio, 6th City Council
– Robert Caemmerer, 11th City Council
– Hasime Samantha Zherka, 13th City Council
– Yu-Ching James Pai, 20th City Council
– Jonathan Rinaldi, 24th City Council
– Zhile Cao, 25th City Council
– Marvin Jeffcoat, 26th City Council
– Rusat Ramgopal, 28th City Council
– Martha Rowen, 33rd City Council
– Marguerite Chandler, 34th City Council
– Isaiah Orlando Vega, 37th City Council
Our next next meeting will be December 21st (third Thursday).  Instead of a holiday party, we are doing a peer-to-peer training/discussion of potential candidates in the 2024 election cycle:  US President; US Senate; Congress; NYS Senate and NYS Assembly.  If you are interested in running for an office, join us as past candidates share experience and paperwork guidance.  Election attorneys will be invited.


General Election: November 7, 2023

Unofficial Results:  NYC Races and 2 Ballot Proposals

2023 certified election results and spending per vote.

District Attorney races
Queens: Michael Mossa (R,C; 24% 35,319) vs. George A. Grasso (Public Safety; 5% 7,309) vs.  ✅Melinda Katz (D; 67% 97,388)
Bronx: *✅Darcel D. Clark (D; 48,268)
Staten Island: *✅Michael E. McMahon (D; 19,509)

City Council races by District
1: Helen Qiu (R,C,Common Sense, Arts & Culture; 31% 3,931) vs. * ✅Christopher Marte (D; 68% 8,555)
2: * ✅Carlina Rivera (D,WF; 9,725)
3: Robert Bobrick (R, Medical Freedom; 10% 1,595) vs. * ✅Erik D. Bottcher (D; 89% 13,693)
4: Brian Robinson (R, Parent; 26% 4,348) vs. * ✅Keith Powers (D; 73% 12,216)
5: Elizabeth Golluscio (R; 18% 3,275) vs. * ✅Julie Menin (D; 81% 14,449)
6: Diane di Stasio (R, CleanUpNY, Arts & Culture; 18% 3,809) vs. * ✅Gale Brewer (D, 81% 17,527) vs. Barbara Simpson (Medical Freedom, 1% 142)
7: * ✅Shaun Abreu (D; 12,612)
8: Exodus M. Gary (R; 12% 717) vs. * ✅Diana I. Ayala (D; 87% 5,373)
9:  ✅Yusef Salaam (D; 11,179)
10: * ✅Carmen N. De La Rosa (D,WF; 8,207)
11: Robert Caemmerer (R,C, Medical Freedom; 14% 1,518) vs. * ✅Eric Dinowitz (D; 84% 8,755)
12: Dewayne R. Lee (R; 7% 671) vs. * ✅Kevin C. Riley (D; 93% 9,298)
13:  ✅Kristy Marmorato (R,C; 52% 6,571) vs. *Marjorie Velazquez (D; 47% 5,863)
14: Amelia Rose (R; 11% 450) vs. * ✅Pierina A. Sanchez (D,WF; 88% 3,628)
15: Erica Elias (R; 13% 487) vs. Jose A. Padilla, Jr. (C; 7% 268) vs. * ✅Oswald J. Feliz (D; 80% 3,092)
16: Tanya Carmichael (R; 14% 677) vs. * ✅Althea V. Stevens (D; 86% 4,233)
17: Rosaline Nieves (R; 11% 441) vs. Gonzalo Duran (C; 4% 176) vs. * ✅Rafael Salamanca Jr. (D; 85% 3,517)
18: Michelle Castillo (R; 11% 757) vs. * ✅Amanda C. Farias (D,WF; 88% 5,844)
19: * ✅Vickie Paladino (R,C, Common Sense; 60% 11,648) vs. Tony Avella (D, Taxpayers Unite; 39% 7,634)
20: Yu-Ching James Pai (R,C, Medical Freedom, Common Sense; 31% 2,657) vs. Jin Liang Chen (Better Flushing; 10% 837) vs. * ✅Sandra Ung (D; 58% 4,905)
21: * ✅Franciso Moya (D; 2,936)
22: Kelly M. Klingman (R,C, Animal Welfare; 30% 4,126) vs * ✅Tiffany Caban (D,WF; 70% 9,517)
23: Bernard K. Chow (R,C, Medical Freedom, Common Sense; 36% 5,089) vs. * ✅Linda Lee (D; 63% 9,024)
24: Jonathan D. Rinaldi (R,C, Medical Freedom, Parent, Mad As Hell; 24% 2,169) vs. * ✅James F. Gennaro (D; 74% 6,862)
25: Zhile Cao (R, Medical Freedom; 21% 1,879) vs. * ✅Shekar Krishnan (D,WF; 65% 5,753) vs. Fatima Baryab (Diversity; 11% 945)
26: Marvin Jeffcoat (R, Medical Freedom; 20% 2,092) vs. * ✅Julie Won (D,WF; 79% 8,276)
27: Marilyn Miller (R, Medical Freedom; 7% 635) vs. * ✅Nantasha M. Williams (D; 92% 8,490)
28: Rusat Ramgopal (R, Common Sense; 14% 1,020) vs. * ✅Adrienne E. Adams (D; 85% 6,249)
29: Danniel S. Maio (R,C; 27% 3,132) vs. Sukhi Singh (Common Sense; 4% 489) vs. * ✅Lynn C. Schulman (D; 68% 7,790)
30: * ✅Robert F. Holden (R,C,D, Medical Freedom, Animal Welfare; 7,496)
31: Daniella M. May (R, Mad As Hell, Parent; 10% 988) vs. * ✅Selvena N. Brooks-Powers (D; 89% 8,597)
32: * ✅Joann Ariola (R,C; 8,839)
33: Martha Rowen (R,C, Medical Freedom; 12% 1,472) vs. * ✅Lincoln Restler (D,WF; 87% 10,640)
34: Marguerite Chandler (Medical Freedom; 5% 358) vs. * ✅Jennifer Gutierrez (D,WF; 95% 7,168)
35: * ✅Crystal Hudson (D,WF; 13,448)
36: * ✅Chi A. Osse (D,WF; 99% 9,396)
37: Isaiah Orlando Vega (R,C, Medical Freedom; 11% 525) vs. * ✅Sandy Nurse (D,WF; 89% 4,426)
38: Paul A. Rodriguez (R,C; 34% 2,871) vs. * ✅Alexa Aviles (D,WF; 66% 5,633)
39: Arkadiusz T. Tomaszewski (R,C, Medical Freedom; 13% 2,624) vs. * ✅Shahana K. Hanif (D,WF; 85% 17,461)
40: Daniel B. Lally (Medical Freedom; 3% 321) vs. * ✅Rita C. Joseph (D,WF; 96% 10,857)
41: * ✅Darlene Mealy (D; 5,959)
42: * ✅Chris Banks (D; 6,488)
43: Ying Tan (R; 26% 2,122) vs. Vito J. LaBella (C; 15% 1,174) vs.  ✅Susan Zhuang (D; 59% 4,722)
44: * ✅Kalman Yeger (R,C,D; 80% 7,362) vs. Heshy Tischler (Boro Park Flatbush; 18% 1,692)
45: * ✅Farah N. Louis (D; 97% 8,524)
46: Michael J. Moran (R,C; 32% 3,599) vs. Adieretta Kabreau (Kabreau 4 Council; 2% 214) vs. * ✅Mercedes Narcisse (D; 65% 7,268)
47: *Ari Kagan (R,C, Parent; 41% 7,916) vs. * ✅Justin Brannan (D; 58% 11,148)
48: * ✅Inna Vernikov (R,C; 67% 8,109) vs. Igor Kazatsker (Team Trump; 8% 978) vs. Amber Adler (D,We The People; 24% 2,926)
49: Ruslan Shamal (SSSI, 16% 1,341) vs. * ✅Kamilah M. Hanks (D, 79% 6,456)
50: * ✅David M. Carr (R,C; 9,568)
51: * ✅Joseph C. Borelli (R,C; 9,863)

Proposal Number 1, an Amendment: Removal of Small City School Districts From Special Constitutional Debt Limitation
The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 4 of the Constitution removes the special constitutional debt limitation now placed on small city school districts, so they will
be treated the same as all other school districts. Shall the proposed amendment be approved? 73% YES; 358,955 vs. 27% NO; 134,767

Abstract of Proposal Number One, An Amendment.  This constitutional amendment removes the special debt limit for small city school districts.  Debt limits would be established in state law for all school districts.  A small city school district is one that includes at least part of a small city.  A small city is a city with less than 125,000 people.  The State Constitution limits how much debt a small city school district can incur.  Their debt cannot be more than 5% of the value of taxable real estate in the district.  There are exceptions for certain expenses.  Other school districts are not subject to a constitutional debt restriction, but have a different debt limit provided by state law.  State law says their debts cannot be greater than 10% of the value of taxable real property.  If this Constitutional Amendment passes, small city school districts would be eligible to have the same debt limit as other school districts enacted via legislative action.

Proposal Number 2, an Amendment: Extending Sewage Project Debt Exclusion From Debt Limit
The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 5 of the Constitution extends for ten years the authority of counties, cities, towns, and villages to remove from their constitutional debt limits debt for the construction of sewage facilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved? 76% YES; 372,659 vs. 24% NO; 117,895.

Abstract of Proposal Number Two, An Amendment.  The Constitution limits the debt counties, cities, towns and villages can incur.  This debt limit does not include debt for sewage treatment and disposal construction projects.  The sewer debt exception expires on January 1, 2024.  This amendment extends the sewer debt exception for ten more years until January 1, 2034.  The proposed amendment does this by changing section 5 of article 8 of the Constitution.

Judges:  Of the 41 judgeship positions up for election, only 4 races have a competition: 1 in Kings and 3 in Queens.

3 Manhattan Civil Court – 1st Judicial:  ✅Phaedra F. Perry (D; 98,627);  ✅Lyle E. Frank (D; 94,052);  ✅Leslie A. Stroth (D; 97,288)
2 Manhattan Civil Court –  ✅Dana Marie Catanzaro (D; 104,438);  ✅Yael Witkofsky (D; 93,245)
1 Manhattan Civil Court – 1st Municipal:  ✅Lauren L. Esposito (D; 9,313)
1 Manhattan Civil Court – 3rd Municipal:  ✅Andrea Krugman (D; 10,219)
1 Manhattan Civil Court – 6th Municipal:  ✅Anna Mikhaleva (D; 15,949)
1 Manhattan Civil Court – 7th Municipal:  ✅Denise M. Dominguez (PS; 10,396)
3 Bronx Supreme Court – 12th Judicial:  ✅Michael A. Frishman (D; 32,039);  ✅Sharon AM Aarons (D; 40,619);  ✅John A. Howard-Algarin (D; 29,361)
1 Bronx Civil Court –  ✅Joaquin E. Orellana (D; 41,582)
2 Bronx Civil Court – 1st Municipal:  ✅Carol Elaine Malcolm (D; 24,784);  ✅Edit Shkreli (D; 16477)
1 Kings Surrogate –  ✅Bernard J. Graham (D; 131,709)
6 Kings Supreme Court – 2nd Judicial:  ✅Rachel Freier (D,R,C; 17% 135,789);  ✅Sharon AB Clarke (D,R,C; 17% 138,498);  ✅Joanne Quinones (D,R,C; 16% 134,410);  ✅Caroline Piela Cohen (D; 13% 105,852);  Timothy Peterson (R,C; 4% 33,377);  ✅Heela Capell (D,R,C; 16% 128,437); and  ✅Saul Stein (D,R,C; 16% 131,223)
4 Kings Civil Court –  ✅Betsey Jean-Jacques (D; 113,687);  ✅Linda Wilson (D; 117,561);  ✅Marva C. Brown (D,WF; 122,440);  ✅Monique J. Holaman (D; 110162)
1 Kings Civil Court – 1st Municipal:  ✅Rena Malik (D; 16,632)
2 Kings Civil Court – 2nd Municipal:  ✅Lola Waterman (D; 12,061);  ✅Babatunde Akowe (D; 10,972)
1 Kings Civil Court – 3rd Municipal:  ✅Javier Ortiz (D; 10,803)
5 Queens Supreme Court – 11th Judicial:  ✅Cassandra A. Johnson (D; 16% 81,254); Gary Muraca (R; 9% 43,220); ✅Karen Lin (D; 17% 85,098); ✅Peter J. Kelly (D; 17% 85,980); ✅Scott Dunn (D,R; 22% 111,309); ✅Jessica Earle-Gargan (D; 17% 82,969)
1 Queens Civil Court –  ✅Sandra Perez (D; 66% 90923); Sharmela Bachu (R; 33% 45,392)
1 Queens Civil Court – 1st Municipal:  ✅Michael H. Goldman (D; 13,130)
1 Queens Civil Court – 2nd Municipal:  ✅Sandra M. Munoz (D; 19,886)
1 Queens Civil Court – 4th Municipal:  ✅Delsia G. Marshall (D; 28,876)
1 Queens Civil Court – 6th Municipal:  ✅Evelyn Gong (D; 51% 19,503); William David Shanahan (R,C,CS; 48% 18,263)
1 Richmond Civil Court – 2nd Municipal:  ✅Michael J. Pinto (R,C; 16,207)