Political Action: Two boro Assembly seats look up for grabs in 2010

The 2010 election cycle will be on us soon or later. Seems like there will be some interesting races emerging as the process unfolds. 

There is increasing speculation at the state level, that former Republican Gov. George Pataki will be challenging the U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, the one who is appointed to fill out the term of now – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

After several weeks ago, Pataki came to Dan Halloran’s City council campaign headquarters to endorse him. He portrayed an image of being a man beginning a serious political comeback. If it happens, then we will have a former three-term governor running for a U.S Senate seat. 

We have a similar situation once before in state politics, when the Republican candidate, Irving Ives defeated the New York Gov. Herbert Lehman, who served from 1933-42, who ran for the U.S. Senate in 1946.

In 1949 he again ran for the U.S. Senate in a special election and this time he was successful. He went for a full term in 1950 and was also re-elected as the Democratic and Liberal Party Candidate. 

Pataki, in addition to possibly obtaining the nomination of the Independence Party, will be running as the Republican and Conservative candidate. Turning to the governor, if Mayor Rudy Giuliani takes over as the Republican candidate, his way of administration will be more likely of the State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo running against him. 

In the Fifth Congressional District of northeast Queens and western Nassau Counties, there may seem to be a replay, where incumbent U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman(D-Bayside) runs against the Republican Elizabeth Berney.  She is expected to announce by the end of next month if she intends to take it up. 

Elizabeth Berney has stated that if she takes over, in addition to national security matters, and intends to challenge Acerman against the high taxes issues, deficit spending and the health care plan of Barack Obama. 

In the 11th State  Senate District, state Sen.Frank Padavan prepared early for what promises to be a tough re-election race. The tricky part is, who is going to be his opponent.  City Councilman Tony Avella, who is just lost a Democratic primary for mayor, will be a possible opponent candidate, even though he didn’t indicate any of his future political plans. 

Paul Vallone, another possible candidate who just came in a strong third place in the September Democratic primary campaign for Avella’s seat. It’s interesting to note that his campaign headquarters on Francis lewis Boulevard is still active and could be continued to be his headquarters for a new campaign for next year, it may be for either the state Senate or the run attempt for the State Assembly in the 26th Assembly District. 

That’s the office currently comes under the control of Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside).

For the important Assembly seats in Queens, the Democrats control all 18 of them, but except two seats, as they have the potential to be strongly contested. 

In the 26th District, the state attorney general’s office  should be completing its investigation as to Carrozza’s legal residence for the next few months, concerning whether she is living in her Assembly district or the Nassau County. The reports of that investigation will result in a major impact on how that election turns out.

In the 38th Assembly District in western Queens, by possibly three Democratic insurgents seeking to replace incumbent Michael Miller, who won a special election in September, there is almost certain to be a Democratic primary. Miller has been chosen as the organization candidate without a primary election.

As an attempt will be made to replace Miller as the Assembly candidate, Next year there will be a Democratic primary in the 38th District. On the Republican side, Donna Marie Caltabiano is expected to gain more support next year and present a formidable challenge, after her effective campaign in the 38th District Special election this year.


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