Five of six Dems capture NY Assembly special elections


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Democrats held on for wins in five of six
special elections for state Assembly seats vacated by Democratic

In races Tuesday:

- Phillip Goldfeder defeated Jane Deacy for the Queens seat vacated by Audrey Pheffer.

- Michael Simanowitz defeated Marco Desena for the Queens seat vacated by Nettie Mayersohn.

- Dan Quart defeated Paul Niehaus in the Manhattan district vacated by Jonathan Bing.

- Anthony Brindisi defeated Gregory Johnson in the Utica-area seat vacated by RoAnn Destito.

- Sean Ryan defeated Sean Kipp in the Buffalo-area seat vacated by Sam Hoyt.

- Rafael Espinal Jr. was leading Jesus Gonzalez and Deirdra Towns for the Kings County seat vacated by Towns' brother, Darryl.

Democrats hold a commanding majority in the 150-seat Assembly.

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