The Times announced endorsements in "several of the most competitive districts" and I thought that Delia Hunley-Adossa would give incumbent Letitia James a decent run. Well, despite something of a stealth campaign, Hunley-Adossa's camp worked hard in the final weeks, with a significant presence putting up posters.
But James won 81% of the vote in a low-turnout election, despite some Hunley-Adossa shenanigans. I still think the race deserved editorial comment, but it clearly wasn't competitive.
The 33rd and the argument for IRV
As I'd warned, the race in the 33rd Council District turned into something a circular firing squad, with the following results:
Steve Levin 5,199 (33.7 percent)
Jo Anne Simon 3,109 (20.2 percent)
Isaac Abraham 1,937 (12.56 percent)
Evan Thies 1,915 (12.4 percent)
Ken Diamondstone 1,324 (8.6 percent)
Doug Biviano 1,127 (7.3 percent)
Ken Baer 811 (5.3 percent)
It wasn't surprising that Levin, the candidate with the endorsements of unions, party boss Vito Lopez, and several bigfoot elected officials, won more than a third of the vote. (A losing candidate tells Aaron Short the high Hasidic turnout made the difference.) It was moderately surprising that Jo Anne Simon, who had the Times endorsement, got only 20% of the vote.
It was somewhat surprising that Isaac Abraham, a candidate with strength mainly in the South Williamsburg Hasidic community, won more votes than Evan Thies, who had endorsements from the Daily News, the Brooklyn Paper, and the Citizens Union.
And it was gloomily predictable that the two of three candidates who pushed hardest against the frontrunners, Ken Diamondstone and Doug Biviano, were lagging.
Given Levin's connection to the county Democratic party and fence-sitting posture on Atlantic Yards, it's a good bet that nearly all those voting for his rivals would have preferred another candidate.
DDDB quotes Levin in AYR: "At the present moment, it looks like it's probably not going to happen," Levin said. "So I do not support the plan as it currently stands. I think it's too much, it's too big. And I believe that it shouldn't be supported because the silver lining in the original plan, the affordable housing and the union jobs that would be created, does not look like it's going to be there."
I think that's pretty ambiguous.
In the 39th
The results in the 39th District:
Brad Lander 5,129 (41.1 percent)
Josh Skaller 3,180 (25.5 percent)
John Heyer 2,753 (22.1 percent)
Bob Zuckerman 930 (7.5 percent)
Gary Reilly 472 (3.8 percent)
Lander, who had endorsements of the Times, Daily News, and several unions, won a decisive victory, and almost surely would have won in a situation of IRV, given that his prime challenger, Skaller, was somewhat to his (relative) left and the other candidates were not.
The AY effect
The current configuration regarding Atlantic Yards is changed only somewhat. DDDB claims that three who oppose AY won, but one is a fence-sitter and the other a latecomer to opposition. Veteran opponents of AY lost in both districts.
Project opponent James remains in office. In the 33rd, Levin's fence-sitting posture is not unlike that of incumbent David Yassky, though clearly the current climate pushed Levin toward more rhetorical criticism.
Lander, though not a longtime opponent like Skaller, is a longtime critic who now says the project should be scrapped--again, likely to respond to Skaller's challenge.
In the Comptroller's race, AY supporter Bill Thompson will be replaced by either Council Member David Yassky and John Liu, both of whom have expressed occasional skepticism along with essential support.
Thompson beat AY opponent Tony Avella in the race for Democratic nomination for mayor. Perhaps most importantly, Mayor Mike Bloomberg, an unyielding project supporter, is highly favored to win a third term.