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In Bushwick: Reyna beats Davila — and Vito!

Proxy battle in 34th District as Reyna fights Vito’s ghost over B’way Triangle
Councilwoman Diana Reyna opposes the city’s Broadway Triangle rezoning, which is actually in the neighboring district.

Diana Reyna (D):

9,830 (60 percent)

Maritza Davila (WFP): 5,647 (35 percent)

Jacqueline Haro (R): 916 (6 percent)

Incumbent Diana Reyna won a third term in a race so bitter that the chairman of Brooklyn’s Democratic Party organization didn’t even endorse his party’s nominee.

Instead, Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Bushwick) backed Working Families Party candidate Maritza Davila, lost to Reyna by just 251 votes in the Democratic primary in September. Reyna, a former Lopez protege, broke with her former mentor and he has sought to defeat her ever since.

The race also featured a rare intrusion into local politics by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the borough’s Catholic leader, who recorded a robocall thanking Lopez for his work in the state legislature regarding sex abuse legislation. Reyna allies claimed that the calls amounted to a tacit endorsement from the Catholic Church.

But Reyna and her supporters had the last laugh, partying outside their S. First Street headquarters and nearly shutting down Bedford Avenue.

“It’s a party in the street!” said Reyna volunteer Lincoln Restler.

— Aaron Short

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