Nydia Velazquez beats Erik Dilan

Velazquez victorious: Congresswoman easily wins Democratic primary

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Rep. Nydia Velazquez had no trouble defeating three Democratic rivals including City Councilman Erik Dilan — securing her party’s nomination and a near-guaranteed eleventh House term.

Early returns show Velazquez winning easily with 61 percent of votes in the district, which stretches from Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick along the waterfront to DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, the Columbia Street Waterfront District, Red Hook, and Sunset Park, as well as parts of Queens and Manhattan.

Dilan, her closest rival, managed to pull in only 26 percent of votes, according to NY1.

Political newcomer and Manhattan economist Dan O’Connor received 10 percent of votes, while professor and Sunset Park district leader George Martinez snagged 3 percent of ballots.

Though she easily bested Dilan on election night, the pair ran a contentious race.

The Bushwick Councilman bashed Velazquez for opposing a law that protects loft-dwelling Brooklynites, while the Congresswoman — who boasted big endorsements from President Obama, Gov. Cuomo, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D–Park Slope) — accused her foe of being a lackey to influential Assemblyman and Democratic party boss Vito Lopez.

Updated 5:34 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mike from Williamsburg says:
Poor Vito Lopez. Two more years of crying to the NY Times that Nydia Velazquez doesn't say hi to him.
June 27, 2012, 12:15 am
Ed from Prospect Heights says:
say goodbye to the Vito/Hynes machine politics
June 27, 2012, 3:09 am
anywho says:
Why were Dilan supporters at poll sites wearing shirts "thanking" Lopez? Lopez is delusional.
June 27, 2012, 5:47 am
Eddy from Park Slope says:
Nydia Velazquez won big thanks to the orthodox chasid block vote in williamsburg. Lopez has irked alot of people in williamsburg the last few years including alot of jewish voters, so last night was pay back time, The jewish vote in williamsburg was a whooping 15,000 voters, thats a very strong block vote that every runner will have to take into consideration in the future
June 27, 2012, 7:15 am
Mike from Williamsburg says:
That surprises me, Eddy. Twitter people viewed Hasidic Williamsburg as Dilan's stronghold and worried that the low turnout in the southern part of the district would be bad for Velazquez because Dilan's strength in Williamsburg would be enough for him to win.

This guy was following the election closely It's funny that he uses the same phrasing as you--that they'll have to be taken into consideration in the future. But I think you might be wrong in your analysis. I think the Williamsburg hasidic bloc hitched their cart to the wrong horse here.
June 27, 2012, 8:30 am
Kevin from Williamsburg says:
Apparently the Hasidic block vote has been split between A) their long time established UJO/ODA, representing the Williamsburg-only-Satmar community among other smaller communities and B) The newly rising community leaders representing UJC/CJC/CUTA and the worldwide-Satmar community among ordinary Williamsburg residence.

Group B) was developed out of frustration against politicians (Mainly the corrupt Vito Lopez) siding blindly with UJO and it’s corrupt leadership while ignoring the public and it’s true representatives… so that answers the split and the new block vote formed.

Of course group B) endorsed Velazques and delivered a block vote of close to 5,000 votes in Williamsburg.
June 27, 2012, 10:13 am
bill from glendale says:
vito lopez is finished whoever he backs loses thank god the people of brooklyn woke up who ever he trys to get in the people knows he is a waste of space 70 years old plus and still he just dont get it go away the longer you stay the better shot of being indicted along with that manly looking girlfriend end the road jack get ready to lite your cigars off the wall IN HELL HEY VITO ITS OVER BOO WHO GET A DOG YOU CAN BOSS IT AROUND OH WAIT YOU GOT ONE YOUR GIRL FRIEND
June 27, 2012, 4:33 pm
bob from williamsburg says:
Sorry all of you .Williamsburg is a great stronghold for Vito, as you can see by the numbers.
Dilan got 5322 regular votes plus more than 721 absentee ballots, plus there are around 500 affidavits
, so now makes the calculation. Velazquez had 3361 regular votes and 50 absentee ballots which include
plenty of not Hasidim,Who live in the housing projects who were threaten with flyer ,that were
distributed by the Velázquez campaign, Which said quote “that if you Vote for dilan than he will
give the housing Projects to the hasidim “
June 28, 2012, 2 pm
bill from glendale says:
hey bob go have a cup of coffee with vito bottom line who won you think vito is all that hes 70 plus years old has no life and should be in jail so keep up the good work hes all washed up he just cant deal with it boo who lets see who he backs next thats a for sure loser other than bob williamsburg people you are doing a good job you see his true colors bye vito such a jerk he change his last name so you think hes hispanic what a joke hell is waiting for you
June 28, 2012, 7:14 pm
Scott from Park Slope says:
I am relieved Nydia won, and pleased it was so one-sided. I know Lopez and how he uses his control of public housing tracts to rule Williamsburg; And since turnout on primary votes is always so low I was worried enough that might tip things in his favor that I urged my wife to go back out to vote for Nydia when she came home without having voted.

It would be nice to think this is the beginning of the end for Lopez, but he's a state assemblyman which means he'll be there until he dies no matter what the rest of us do.
June 29, 2012, 9:37 am
luis a. from bushwick says:
september 13, 2012 will be another showdown between vito backed senator dilan and jason otano, a progressive who works for us brooklynites at borough president marty markowitz's office...from what i saw at nydia velazquez's victory party, jason will have the support of the new kings democrats as well as just about every power broker in brooklyn. i know that i witnessed something candidates campaign manager supporting velazquez while the candidate was at the other victory manes's going to be a battle but nydia velazquez has set the standard....
June 29, 2012, 11:19 am

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