23 ŐŗūÚŗ, 2012, Translated by Mike Pokrovsky
There is a paradoxical situation here: Russian-speaking Storobinís support came overwhelmingly from the Ultra-Orthodox, and not the mainstream Russian-American community. . Photo courtesy of flatbushscoop.com
IN RUSSIAN / IN ENGLISH
Today the office of New York State Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny received from the Board of Election and reviewed the preliminary results of the South Brooklyn special election that took place on March 20th. The New York State Senate seat is in the middle of a highly contested battle between Democrat Lew Fidler and the Republican David Storobin. The statistical report shows the percentage of voters from various ethnical communities who gave their votes to one candidate or the other.
Senate District 27 consists of nine parts, each belonging to a separate Assembly district. In particular, SD-27 includes sizeable chunks of the 45th and 46th Assembly districts, considerable parts of the 47th and 59th districts, as well as a small part of the 48th Assembly district. Parts of the remaining 41st, 42nd and 44th districts are so insignificant, there is no sense including them in the statistical analysis.
And so, as of 10 AM today, March 23rd, the situation is as follows:
In the part of the 46th Assembly district, which is represented by Alec Brook-Krasny, voter turnout was quite high. This part of the district includes neighborhoods populated mostly by Russian-speaking Americans: Brighton Beach, Beach Haven, Trump Village and Warbass Development. Here the votes are as follows: Lew Fidler – 1723; David Storobin - 1737. The numbers show the votes are divided almost evenly, with a difference of just 14 votes.
Since in this district the voters were almost certainly Russian-speaking, we can safely state the fact that in the Russian-speaking community the popularity of both candidates is basically equal.
As for the 45th district, which boasted the highest voter turnout, Storobin has gathered 3638, and Fidler – 2753 votes. A quite large part of voters in the district are Jewish Orthodox.
David Storobin surrounded by Republican politicians, businessmen and Orthodox rabbis. Photo courtesy of orthodoxpundit.blogspot.com.
The 47th district, which includes Bensonhurst with its large population of “Russians”, has brought Fidler 935 votes, and Storobin – 945. So, again basically even.
The 48th Assembly district, which includes Boro Park, a known Orthodox neighborhood, has shown support for David Storobin by giving him 1008 votes. Fidler has received just 458 votes there, or less than a half.
The 59th district is Lew Fidler’s home turf. Voters there have unreservedly supported their City Council representative by giving him 1584 votes compared to only 614 - to his opponent. This balance clearly shows that Lew Fidler’s representation in the City Council hasn’t disappointed the population of his district, or they wouldn’t have voted for him during the Senate elections.
These numbers allow one to claim that the Russian-speakers’ votes for Lew Fidler and David Storobin are divided almost evenly. Storobin’s advantage of 119 votes after the preliminary count is due to the strong support from the Jewish Orthodox community.
These are official statistics, supported by mathematics; there is no place here for fantasies and fiction. From this we can safely draw the conclusion: if David Storobin becomes a senator, his victory will hardly be owed to the Russian-speaking community.
There is a paradoxical situation here: Russian-speaking Storobin’s support came overwhelmingly from the Ultra-Orthodox, and not the mainstream Russian-American community.
Photo courtesy of tlj-news.com
Our question about who will gain from David Storobin’s victory was answered by the State Assembly Member Alec Brook-Krasny: “My answer is clear: today the winner is not the Russian-speaking community, nor even the Orthodox, who were planning on electing their own Orthodox representative, but only David Storobin himself. Of course, he made his name in the election, which is an achievement I congratulate him with for.”
Alec Brook-Krasny also told us about his conversation with his Republican colleagues during the Vietnam Veterans Ceremony in Bay Ridge: “They reinforced my opinions on David Storobin’s role in these elections, opinions I presented in my last RUNYweb.com interview, they do face the problem of what to do with Storobin next.”