Democrat Pamela Harris defeated Republican Lucretia Regina–Potter in the special election for state assembly yesterday—not that most of you deserve any credit! Roughly 11 percent of the 46th Assembly District (which encompasses the southern half of Bay Ridge, most of Dyker Heights, slivers of Bath Beach and about all of Coney Island) voted this year, which is bad inherently and relatively; unofficial results show that Harris received more than 61 percent of the 7,118 votes cast (out of 64,000 active registered voters, about half of the total population of an average New York state assembly district). Potter received more than 36 percent of the vote, a resounding defeat of the perennial candidate.
The election was held to replace Alec Brook–Krasny, who resigned to take a higher-paying job in the private sector.
In other quasilocal election news, Staten Island voters elected Democrat Michael McMahon their district attorney in a special election to replace our now-congressmember, Dan Donovan, who vacated the position when he won election to the United States Congress in May, defeating Bay Ridge concilmember Vincent “Vinnie” Gentile. Donovan is still best known for failing to secure an indictment against the police officers who killed Eric Garner. McMahon previously held Donovan’s present job, making his election yesterday something of a demotion.