Southern Brooklyn

Cymbrowitz Beats Akselrod By Narrow Margin


Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz eked out a primary victory yesterday, defeating Ben Akselrod by a narrow margin and moving ahead to a rare general election battle.

Cymbrowitz earned 244 votes more than his opponent, a margin of just seven percent of the 3,304 votes cast in the election. Cymbrowitz garnered 53.7 percent versus Akselrod’s 46.3 percent, according to results published by the New York Times.

Brooklyn Daily was at the Highway Democratic Club’s election night party, and here’s the scene they described:

Tensions were high at the High-Way Democratic Club’s results party on McDonald Avenue as Community Board 15 chairwoman Teresa Scavo called out the results as they trickled in.

Cymbrowitz appeared confident as he thanked friends and supporters, but left his own party before the vote was called, and refused to speculate on the outcome.

“I think we’re going to have to wait until all the votes are counted,” Cymbrowitz said, refusing to comment further.

Akselrod a former CB15 district manager, would not comment or concede, claiming that the vote was too close to call.

Cymbrowitz will now face off against Republican Russ Gallo in November’s general elections.

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  1. Let’s wait a day. I see a recount demand.

    This is the lowest turnout for a significant primary I can recall. Of course, assembly primaries in these parts have never been considered significant.

  2. cymbrowitz sold his soul to Moslems, supposed to be out long time ago. So many stupid people in his district, they need several more mosques on their streets

  3. I give a damn about the primaries.  The local elections are terribly significant in terms of state law, city law and all aspects of neighbrohood policies.  The primary elections, even for people who are one-party voters, are crucial because they decide the fates of your choices of candidates come November.

    As an aside, I think it would have been better to have kept the primary on Tuesday; what better way to illuminate 9/11 than to encourage all the citizens to vote!

  4. I totally agree with you about how primaries matter.  Problem this year was that we had primaries in June and now in September.  We need one primary in June for all offices.  I’m glad that Cymbrowitz won and hope he defeats Gallo who was going from polling site to polling site last night letting people know who he was – is this allowed?

  5. OK, so after reading Sheepshead Bites yesterday, I went to my local polling location after work (around 5:15) and found it all locked up, with no indication there was any voting that happened. Can someone explain to me how to vote if the poll building is closed?!

  6. depending upon where you live , there was no primary. Many people in Cymbrowitz’s old district , after the Census and the Redrawing of the lines are now in the 41st AD..  There was no Democratic Primary in the 41st AD

  7. To hell with Cymbrowitz – he is bed with the Mooslems.  I would vote for anyone running against him.  Vote GALLO!

  8. […] Fourteen-year incumbent Steven Cymbrowitz won his party’s nod for reelection to the 45th Assembly District last night in one of the closest elections in the borough. But it was a solid victory for the local pol, who bested challenger Ben Akselrod by a margin nearly double that won during his 2012 matchup against the same candidate. […]

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