Volume 19 • Issue 20 | Sept. 29 - Oct. 5, 2006

Assemblymember Sylvia Friedman, David Chohen concede

After a re-count of the machine votes and the tally of paper ballots, David Cohen and Assemblymember Sylvia Friedman last week decided to throw in the towel, respectively, in the Second District Civil Court and 74th Assembly District primaries. Friedman said of the Assembly winner, Brian Kavanagh, “It seems that he has about 300 more votes than I do on the Democratic line. So I congratulated him last Thursday.” Friedman has the Working Families Party line in the general election, but said she’ll probably decide within the week on how hard she’ll campaign.

Meanwhile, Cohen last week phoned Margaret Chan and her campaign manager, Michael Oliva, to congratulate them on Chan’s victory in the judge race, which she ended up winning by 131 votes. As for all the wild allegations and innuendo hurled at the Chan campaign on the Politicker and other blogs, Cohen consultant Scott Levenson didn’t play it up, yet he said, “There were several broken machines on Grand St. I believe it was three…. But what’s the point?” he said, since Cohen has conceded. Oliva, in disbelief that the negative spin is still going on, retorted that only one machine on Grand St. was on the fritz. Nevertheless, Oliva and Chan said Cohen was “gracious” in his concession and promised not to fight the election results in court. Oliva — the undisputed guru of running Grand St. judge elections — added he thought Cohen took his Grand St. base “for granted.” Oliva said his winning candidate in 2003, Shlomo Hagler, got about 1,700 votes on Grand St., compared to 1,300 this time for Cohen — while Chan surprisingly also got one of every four Grand St. votes.


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