7 of 10 Nyack Villages’ Voters Go For Goldberg
Nyack, Sept 14 — NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo fought off a challenge by Cynthia Nixon last night in the actor/director’s first run for public office. Cuomo will head the NYS Democratic ticket in the November General Election having received 64% of the votes cast statewide in the primary. The governor also won Rockland County with 66% of the vote.
Former IDC (Independent Democratic Conference) member David Carlucci survived a strong showing by Julie Goldberg to be Rockland County Democrat’s nominee for the New York State Senate. Carlucci won the Democratic nomination for the 38th Senate District 52% to 44%. However, Goldberg trounced Carlucci in the Nyack river villages, collecting 68% of the 1,396 votes cast in those 14 election districts. Cuomo’s margin was much smaller in the Nyack districts winning just 51% of the vote to 45% for Nixon. Democrat Carlucci will face Republican Scott Vanderhoff, a former five term Rockland County Executive, in the November general election. Carlucci defeated Vanderhoff for this seat in his first senate race in November, 2010.
The 38th Senate District includes the Westchester community of Ossining, where Goldberg also did very well, receiving 67% of all votes cast to Carlucci’s 30%.
Nyack districts that went for Goldberg were also more likely to vote for Cuomo challenger Cynthia Nixon. Seven of the 11 Nyack election districts that voted for Goldberg also went for Nixon.
Carlucci was one of only two IDC members to survive Thursday’s Democratic primary. The former head of the IDC, Senator Jeffrey D. Klein of the Bronx, lost to Alessandra Biaggi, as did five other former IDC members. Only Carlucci and Staten Island/Brooklyn’s NYS Senator Diane Savino won their respective primaries.
The youngest person ever to be elected to the New York State, Carlucci ran a lackluster primary campaign and seemed to be taken off guard by the grassroots success of Goldberg’s supporters. His campaign literally “mailed it in,” relying primarily on mailers and email blasts. The Carlucci campaign didn’t even bother to create a campaign website, which is odd, considering the candidate has always been an early adopter of technology and was once won a Google Personal Democracy Forum fellowship when he served as Clarkstown Clerk. Carlucci never adequately responded to Goldberg’s charge of not being a “true blue Democrat,” a claim which resonated with democratic voters in the Nyack river villages. Carlucci’s losses in Nyack election districts weren’t surprising as Goldberg lawn signs dominated the sidewalks and street corners near Nyack. What was surprising is how Carlucci lost his base in one of his former strongholds without ever mounting a serious fight. Having lost the confidence of former supporters, Carlucci’s challenge is now to mend fences and get former Goldberg supporters to come out and vote in the November General Election. That’s not going to be easy as many are still convinced he’s not a true Democrat having been successfully branded that way by the Goldberg campaign.
The 14 election districts used in this Nyack Election Districts’ analysis include all districts that vote at Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Nyack and Central Nyack polling places.
- New York State Unofficial 2018 Primary Election Night Results
- UNOFFICIAL Rockland County Primary Election – Accumulated Results
- Google This: Clarkstown Clerk, Carlucci, Fellowship, Nyack News And Views, June 2009
The public is invited to a Voter Education and Training session at Nyack Village Hall on Sept 26 from 7-8:30p. Sponsored by the Nyack and Spring Valley branches of the NAACP, the session will focus on ways to motivate community members to vote in the November General Election. Voter turnout, especially among minority communities, signs of voter suppression and related issues will be discussed. The session will be non-partisan, candidates and political parties will not be discussed.
Speakers will include Rockland Board of Elections Commissioner Kristen Stavisky and New York Democratic Lawyers Council, Minority Voting Rights Committee members Theodore Harris, Esq. and Mark Favor, Esq.
Paul Adler, Sonia Tracey and Vivian Street, Nyack and Spring Valley NAACP Civic Engagement Committees chairs, will serve as moderators.
Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway. The Voter Education and Training session will be held on the 2nd floor Court Room.