Democrats held on for wins in five of six special elections for state Assembly seats vacated by Democratic incumbents.
In races today:
– Phillip Goldfeder defeated Jane Deacy for the Queens seat vacated by Audrey Pheffer.
– Michael Simanowitz defeated Marco Desena for the Queens seat vacated by Nettie Mayersohn.
– Dan Quart defeated Paul Niehaus in the Manhattan district vacated by Jonathan Bing.
– Anthony Brindisi defeated Gregory Johnson in the Utica-area seat vacated by RoAnn Destito.
– Sean Ryan defeated Sean Kipp in the Buffalo-area seat vacated by Sam Hoyt.
– Rafael Espinal Jr. was leading Jesus Gonzalez and Deirdra Towns for the Kings County seat vacated by Towns’ brother, Darryl.
Democrats hold a commanding majority in the 150-seat Assembly.