In our little hamlet, approximately 67 percent of the registered voters cast their ballots on Nov.7. (As a point of information, there are approximately 19,835 registered voters in Port Washington.). The word among politicos is that Port is an independently-minded "swing" town which is usually up for grabs, depending on the candidates. The voting in this election confirms that notion.
Here in Port, Gore/Lieberman took 60 percent of the vote, while Bush/Cheney took only 36 percent, and Green Party Nader/Duke won a little less than 3 percent of the vote here.
Interestingly, U.S. Senatorial candidates Hillary Clinton and Rick Lazio ran neck to neck in town, garnering 6,481 and 6,535 respectively. As one would expect, Liberal Party and Working Family Party supporters voted for Hillary (136 and 172 respectively), and, not surprisingly, Lazio earned the 294 Conservative Party votes.
In the race for U.S. Congressman, State Assemblyman and State Senate, the incumbents were all returned to office.
Port voters helped incumbent Democrat Gary Ackerman win his 10th term in Congress. Here, he clocked his Republican opponent Edward Elkowitz 2 to 1, 7,028 to 3,530. In the 5th Congressional Ackerman received 34,828, while Elkowitz got 13,380 votes.
One of Port's favorite Democrats, incumbent Assemblyman Tom DiNapoli received a whopping 7,922 votes to his Republican challenger, Jerome Galluscio's, 3,605. The rest of the sixteenth assembly district evidently agreed with Port voters, giving DiNapoli 33,099 and Galluscio only 14,045.
However, despite the fact that incumbent Republican State Senator Mike Balboni lost in Port by a slim margin to his Democratic opponent Jon Brooks, 5,747 to 5,825, the senator was re-elected in the seventh senatorial district with an impressive 57 percent of the vote in his district. Evidently, Senator Balboni managed to withstand the Nassau County GOP's political woes.
The judicial races had their own story this year, with the Democrats making a "major breakthrough," according to the Nassau County Democratic Leader Tom DiNapoli, who is also our new re-elected State Assemblyman. He added that he is delighted with the judicial wins in Nassau County, which include surrogate judge, all three Hempstead district courts, two North Hempstead district races, and the State Supreme Court race where the Democrats won six out of eight seats.
Following is a breakdown, by party, of the vote tallies for Port Washington.
The party abbreviations are as follows: REP-Republican; DEM-Democrat; IND-Independent; CON-Conservative: LIB-Liberal; RTL-Right to Life; GRN-Green; WF-Working Families; CST-Constitution; SWP-Socialist Workers; BR-Buchanan Reform; LBT-Libertarians.
A special thanks to Hal Doliner for all his help in obtaining this information.
(Note: These figures do not include absentee ballots.)
Bush/Cheney (REP) total 4,743
Gore/Lieberman (DEM) total 7.867
Dem.-7,550; Lib.-160; WF-157
Hagelin/Goldhaber (IND) total 44
Buchanan/Foster (RTL)- total 32
Nader/Duke (GRN) total 369
Harris/Trowe (SWP) total 1
Brown/Oliver (LBT) total 12
Phillips/Frazier (CST) total 1
Rick Lazio (REP) total 6,535
Hillary Clinton (DEM) total 6,481
DEM-6,173; :LIB-136; WF-172
Jeffrey Graham (IND) total 57
John Adefope (RTL) total 33
Mark Dunau (GRN) total 70
Louis Wein (CST) total 3
Jacob Perasso (SWP) total 4
John Clifton (LBT) total 7
Ruth Balkin (REP) total 4,325
REP-3,851; CON-240; RTL 234
William LaMarca (DEM) total 6,404
DEM-6,111; LIB-154; WF-139
Peter Cohalan (REP) total 4,196
REP-3,712; CON-240; RTL-244
Sandra Sgroi (DEM) total 6,492
DEM-6,061; IND-128; LIB-156; WF-147
Albert D'Agostino (REP) total 4,347
Ira Raab (DEM) total 6,165
DEM-5,590; IND-109; LIB-135; GRN-214; WF-117
Gail Prudente (REP) total 4,620
REP-4,133; CON-238; RTL-249
John Bivona (DEM) total 6,414
DEM-5,990; IND 134; LIB-144; WF-146
Thomas Feinman (REP) total 4,130
REP-3.653; CON-235; RTL-242
Michele Woodard (DEM) total 6.453
Salvatore Alamia (REP) total 3,892
Thomas Whelan (DEM) total 6.538
DEM-6,033; IND 135; CON-221; WF-149
Milton Falk (LIB) total 154
Madeleine Fitzgibbon (REP) total 4,070
Richard Ambro (DEM) total 6,307
DEM-5,918; IND-124;LIB- 127; WF-138
Cheryl Zimmer (CON) total 281
Patrick Barton (REP) total 3,770
Stephen Grossman (DEM) 6,315
DEM-6,007; (LIB) 158; WF-150
Randolf Spelman (CON) total-225
Patrick McCarthy (IND) total 11
John DiNoto (REP) total 4,365
REP-3,899; CON-223; (RTL) 243
John Riordan (DEM) total 6,619
DEM-6,094; IND-135; LIB-128; GRN-113; WF-149
Arthur Diamond (REP) total 4,339
REP-3,703; CON-230; RTL-293; GRN-113
Claire Weinberg (DEM) 6,736
DEM-6,294; IND-146; LIB-144; WF-152
Barry Dennis (REP) total 4,326
REP-3,771; CON-229; RTL-235; GRN-91
Scott Fairgrieve (DEM) total 5,646
DEM- 5,242; IND-128; LIB-130; WF-146
Alan Reardon (REP) total 4,357
REP-3,908; CON-229; RTL-220
Jonathan Kaiman (DEM) total 6,357
DEM-5,855; IND-109; LIB-135; GRN-120; WF-139
Edward Elkowitz (REP) total 3,530
Gary Ackerman (DEM) 7,028
DEM-6,593; IND-146; LIB-146; WF-143
Anne Robinson (RTL) total 206
Michael Balboni (REP) total 5,747
REP-5,249; IND-237; CON-261
Jon Brooks (DEM) total 5,825
DEM-5,545; LIB-131; WF-149
Joseph Casio (RTL) total 151
Jerome Galluscio (REP) total 3,605
REP-3,212; CON-194; RTL-199
Thomas DiNapoli (DEM) total 7,922
DEM-7,377; IND-201; LIB-161; WF-183