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Gounardes defeats Golden after tight campaign

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Not so fast: Eight-term incumbent state Sen. Marty Golden told his supporters at the Bay Ridge Manor on Nov. 6 that he was not conceding to Democratic upstart Andrew Gounardes, who has an 1,100 vote lead.
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In good company: Golden stood before supporters at his election-night event.
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Shock: Golden’s supporters reacted to the longtime pol’s apparent loss.
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Awe: More Golden fans including the head of the New York State Conservative Party, Mike Long, left, and Arlene Rutuelo, center, anxiously watched the returns.
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Disbelief: A Golden supporter gripped her face in shock during his election-night party, as the results showed the incumbent losing his seat.
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Meanwhile, blocks away: Gounardes supporters cheered the Democratic upstart’s apparent win against Golden at his election-night bash at Cebu in Bay Ridge.

The Golden era has come to an end.

Democrat Andrew Gounardes scored an upset victory in a tight race against eight-term incumbent state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), winning by more than 1,100 votes to represent the 22nd state Senate district, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, and parts of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, and Midwood.

Following his victory, Gounardes thanked his volunteers for helping to bring the district’s diverse constituents to the polls to defeat the longtime incumbent.

“We built the strongest, most diverse coalition ever assembled in Southern Brooklyn to take on Marty Golden, and together we made this victory possible,” he said in a statement.

The born-and-bred Ridgite won the race with 31,168 votes to Golden’s 30,039, according to the state Board of Elections.

But Golden refused to concede, according to his campaign spokesman, who said that the pol was waiting to make sure all votes were counted.

“Senator Golden is not conceding, as we are assessing the ballot situation — machine and absentee — to ensure that every vote is counted,” said Michael Tobman.

Gounardes nabbed his first victory in the race when he beat journalist Ross Barkan in the September Democratic primary, and received the backing of Gov. Cuomo, borough Democratic Party boss Frank Seddio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — and actor Ben Stiller, who went door-to-door with the candidate on Monday — in his bid to unseat Golden.

This was Gounardes’s second attempt at ousting Golden, after he lost his first race against the incumbent by 10,300 votes in 2012.

The newly minted pol most recently worked as Counsel to Borough President Adams, and previously worked as an aide to former Ridge councilman Vincent Gentile and Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Mendendez.

The race was contentious, with the candidates sparring — and sometimes screaming — over their divergent visions for the district. But on election night, Gounardes thanked Golden for his more than 20 years of public service — first as a police officer, and then as a Ridge councilman, before his 16-year reign in the upper chamber.

“I want to thank Marty Golden for his years of public service, not only as an elected official but also for his years as a police officer,” Gounardes said. “Despite our differences we both agree that public service is truly a privilege.”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 5:59 pm, November 7, 2018
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Hughie Gallagher from Bayridge says:
11 polling sites across Brooklyn had issues thru out Election Day - id recount every ballot, especially when a candidate backed by Gillibrand and cuomo wins!!..they all complained about healthcare, but forgot to tell everyone, that’s why trump tried to rid the country of Obama care, but was voted down. Now there’s no excuses no more, Democrats control nyc, maybe they’ll fix trains, housing, homeless crisis, drug crisis , but since 8 years under cuomo and 6 under deblasio didn’t get anything done, let liberals come up with more excuses , which seems to be there greatest asset. When nyc is worse then San Francisco in 2 years, remember this post.
Nov. 7, 5:29 pm
SCR from Realityville says:
All is fine,as longer as,they DO NOT enact Congestion-Pricing.Of course, no matter what the MTA/NYCTA says,there is absolutely nothing that would prevent these bastards;from still cutting subway service-or especially bus service. That's exactly what happened,the last time,there was one party,of all NYS government. I'm referring to the major MTA/NYCTA"service changes,back in June 2010. Hey,"snowflakes",give up your Ubers and Lyfts;first.
Nov. 7, 5:48 pm
The Legendary Maxine Waters from Assisted Living says:
Used to work for Bob Menendez? LOL , looks like a real winner, right up there with Alexandria Occasional-Cortex and Foolya Salazar!
Nov. 7, 6:43 pm
Bernie from Bellevue says:
I wish more people lived in realityville.
Nov. 7, 6:46 pm
Ben Adryl from Bay Ridge says:
The above posters are sore losers. A couple of you obviously didn't get past 6th grade.
Nov. 7, 7:09 pm
Bernie from Bellevue says:
I wish I had a life with real friends.
Nov. 7, 7:31 pm
vision zero from zero vision says:
I wish I could move back to my parents basement in Ohio, but that order of protection lasts for another 5 years.
Nov. 7, 8:45 pm
Bernie from Bellevue says:
I wish I could still be henry ford but my meds ran out and now I'm allover the place.
Nov. 7, 9:05 pm
Bernie from Bellevue says:
I wish I had an explanation as to why my room smells like my sister.
Nov. 7, 9:06 pm
Benny from Park Slope says:
I know it's tough for Trumpkins to understand -- the idea of a person holding two opposing ideas in his/her head at the same time is so foreign to them -- but one can be a die-hard NYC liberal (like me) and still despise Bill de Blasio. That said, the fact that Max Rose and Gounardes and Delgado and all these other Blue candidates ousted Red candidates all over the city and state and USA? That's a cause for celebration, and might finally place a check on the racist autocrat, serial bankrupt, pathological liar, tax cheat, and lifelong con man in the White House. 44 > 45. That's just basic math, baby.
Nov. 8, 10:04 am
Jack from Garrison Beach says:
This is a disgrace that Andrew got in we don't even know who he is never seen him before and we need a champion to help us out with Sandy relief
Nov. 8, 10:16 am
Mike Huntington from Bay Ridge says:
All political parties should be abolished. Continuing on this path will only continue to divide this country even further and makes us even weaker in the world arena. We are now The Divide States of America. The land where we are not free nor brave and people vote to spite each other instead of dealing with the real issues.
Nov. 8, 10:26 am
Jack from Garrison Beach says:
It's a shame golden was the only politician out there that I see gave 100% to try to help Sandy victims out and make sure that we weren't being taken advantage by the city of New York Andrew did not mention once anything about Sandy and the work that is going on in the neighborhood never seen this guy before don't know who he is looks like he's just interested in Bay Ridge he needs to go everywhere just like Marty golden did we don't need somebody just sitting in the office and collecting a paycheck
Nov. 8, 10:28 am
Billy from Sunset Park says:
There should be term limits, but failing that, a time comes for pols to simply depart, regardless of their record or popularity. It is not a lifetime supreme court position, and a new perspective is needed in order to better govern in changing times. Golden was way past his expiration date, and unfortunately needed to be pushed out instead of retiring with dignity.
Nov. 8, 10:44 am
Tony T from Bay Ridge says:
I'm fine with this except for this congestion pricing. What a drag that would be. Quite honestly most of you are just whining about nothing except for that "BOOHOO ANOTHER CANDIDATE". Get real. Also Andrew did help during Sandy...so it would appear some of you are misinformed. I've compiled a list of things I would like to see. 1. Wheelchair accessible stations in Bay Ridge. 2. Better services for the Homeless in Bay Ridge and in other communities. ( no more shelter hotel bandaids) 3.EVERYONE TO GET OVER IT AND BE NICE TO EACH OTHER.
Nov. 8, 10:44 pm
Jake from The 22nd says:
Actually, Andrew founded Bay Ridge Cares after Sanday and served 25,000 meals. He's been serving his community his entire life. Who cares what party he's from? The 22nd elected a good person committed to helping the community and solving problems. We are all welcome to participate.
Nov. 9, 7:11 am
Barry from Bay Ridge says:
Way to go Andrew!! See what happens people when younger and progressive voters pay attention to who their local elected officials are on off year elections, and not just pay attention to who is in the white house.
Nov. 9, 12:49 pm
AP from Bay Ridge says:
Jack from "Garrison Beach," you might be slightly more believable if you knew how to spell the name of your own neighborhood. It's GERRITSEN Beach. Are you a domestic troll or on a troll exchange program? Really bizarre.
Nov. 11, 4:30 am

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