The End of An Era As State Senator Marty Golden Concedes

State Sen. Marty Golden Photo credit: Campaign office of Marty Golden

BAY RIDGE – State Senator Marty Golden conceded the 22nd senatorial race on Monday as the Board of Elections calculates the final absentee and affidavit ballots.

As of last night, Andrew Gounardes led Golden unofficially by 1055 votes with several uncounted assembly districts. The Board of Elections is still completing its final tabulation of the close race between Gounardes and Golden, but the outgoing senator sent the following statement.

“As the Board of Elections completes its final count of this year’s close election, I congratulate Andrew Gounardes and wish him well in his service to the people of the 22nd State Senate District,” said Golden.

“On many levels, I am so proud of what I have accomplished for my City, my State and the neighbors I have been honored to represent. I fully embraced the awesome responsibility entrusted by the people who elected me. I strove each and every day to make a positive difference for someone,” he added.

Golden served eight terms as a senator serving Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend and parts of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park and Midwood. His career included service as a New York City Councilman and a police officer.

Golden was the lone Republican state senator in Brooklyn. Gounardes is a Democrat and challenged the senator in 2012.

“Although we came up just short this election, I am grateful [for] my career in public service has been full of much success as a police officer and as an elected official. As I think of the future, my supporters, neighbors and friends can be sure that I will still always look for opportunities to make our neighborhoods an even better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Golden.

The Board of Elections will certify the election on November 27, 2018.

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Kadia Goba

Former Politics Reporter for Bklyner, covering Brooklyn politics and Crown Heights/PLG/Bed Stuy. @kadiagoba


  1. Too bad. Southwest Brooklyn just lost a great person (leader) who cared about our community since 2003 and before that as city councilman. He accomplished so much and gave back to our community. We will miss our concerts at Shore Road/Marine Park in the Summer, Summer Stroll in Bay Ridge excluding the Beirut part of the Neighborhood, our 9/11 memorial at the 69th pier, his Christmas party at the Bay Ridge Manor etc. He always responded or his staff on pot hole repair and helped me get reimbursed for pothole damage to my bike back in 2004. Playing politics when necessary like no speed cameras is the right call. Speed cameras is nothing more than a democrat money grab. Andrew G only cares about a paycheck. Trust me on that. Mr Marty thank you for your years of great service.

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