Brooklyn Voters to Fill State Senate Vacancy; 4 assembly jobs up for grabs

Three months after State Senator Carl Kruger resigned and pleaded guilty to bribery, voters in south Brooklyn on Tuesday will choose his successor for the 27th District in a special election.
Polls are to open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m., ending three months of nasty, personal politicking between City Councilman Lewis A. Fidler, a Democrat from Sheepshead Bay, and David Storobin, a Russian-born lawyer and Republican neophyte who lives in Brighton Beach.

The campaigns started on an ugly note, with Mr. Fidler accusing Mr. Storobin of having ties to neo-Nazi groups, and degenerated from there. Both candidates attacked each other’s Jewish backgrounds, and each lined up powerful political allies.

The winner will serve only through the end of 2012, in a district that currently includes Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, Gravesend, Mill Basin and Midwood. But that district will cease to exist under a reconfiguration of legislative districts.

A primary election is scheduled for September, and a general election in November.

In other races Tuesday:

— Democrat Shelley Mayer faces an easy road in Westchester County's 93rd Assembly District to replace Mike Spano, who was elected mayor of Yonkers in November. Republican Donna Nolan's name will appear on the ballot but she stopped campaigning after her father suffered a stroke.

— Frank Skartados, a Democrat, nearly unseated longtime Republican incumbent Thomas Kirwan in the 2010 race in the 100th Assembly District that covers parts of Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties, losing by only 15 votes. Kirwan died in November. Skartados is running again, this time against Republican John Forman.

— Democrat Didi Barrett faces Republican Rich Wager in the 103rd Assembly District, which includes parts of Dutchess and Columbia Counties. Republican incumbent Marcus Molinaro was elected Dutchess County executive in 2011.

— In the 145th Assembly District in Erie County, two Democrats are competing for the seat vacated when Democrat Mark Schroeder was elected Buffalo city comptroller. Chris Fahey was tapped by the Democratic party, leaving fellow Democrat Michael Kearns to run on the Republican line. Democrats have a more than two-to-one advantage in registration in the district.


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