Both state Sen. Marty Golden and Rep. Michael Grimm are fending off Democratic challengers hoping to take Bay Ridge out of the GOP’s grasp for good.
Golden (R-Bay Ridge) is seeking a sixth term in office, while underdog Democrat Andrew Gounardes is determined to unseat the legislator in a campaign that has become increasingly bitter.
• Retired New York City police officer. Former councilman and owner of the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall.
• Defeated then-state Sen. Vincent Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) in 2002 to represent a wide swath of Brooklyn from Bay Ridge to Marine Park. In turn, Gentile took over Golden’s council seat.
• Age 62, married. Two children.
• Attorney. He’s also a Community Board 10 member and an Eagle Scout.
• Former aide to Councilman Vincent Gentile and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D–New Jersey). Currently works for Citizens Committee for New York City.
• Age 27, single. No children.
• Golden claims that Gounardes lacks experience and wouldn’t be able to bring home the bacon from the GOP-controlled senate.
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• Golden has come under fire for condemning police surveillance of mosques after signing a letter to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly praising the program in 2011.
• Gounardes has raised $278,000 for his campaign — small change compared to Golden’s $1.1 million.
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Rep. Michael Grimm is in the middle of a controversy surrounding his fund-raising practices. His challenger Mark Murphy — the son of disgraced former Staten Island Rep. Jack Murphy — hopes to exploit that.
• Served in the U.S. Marines during the first Gulf War. Former FBI agent and small business owner.
• Swooped in on a wave of Tea Party support to defeat Rep. Mike McMahon in 2010.
• Age 42, divorced. No children.
• Former television actor, real estate agent, and aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
• His father, Rep. Jack Murphy, served 20 months in prison in the 1980s for accepting bribes from federal agents disguised as Arab sheikhs.
• Age 41, single. No children.
• Murphy has blasted Grimm over accusations that the legislator strong-armed an Orthodox Jewish congregation into donating to his 2010 campaign, and for reports that federal agents took Grimm fund-raiser Ofer Biton into custody for extortion and ecstasy-dealing.
• Grimm has denied wrongdoing, and has cast Murphy as a dabbling daddy’s boy who returned to the district after 18 years in Hollywood in order to run for office.
• Murphy failed to appear at any debates or candidates forums in Brooklyn, and only turned out for one in Staten Island.
• Grimm’s campaign collected more than $2 million and spent $1.7 million. Murphy has scratched together $824,424 and spent $694,635.
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