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Voter apathy cost Iannece victory in Assembly primary

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The 25th state Assembly District, in northeast Queens, which includes East Flushing and Whitestone, was expected to have a fairly quiet Democratic Party primary this year, with community leader Jerry Iannece being successful. Such was not the case.

A young 26-year-old insurgent, Nily Rozic, ran a campaign against Iannece and won. In her campaign, the Working Families Party played a major role in aiding Rozic’s victory.

This year in New York City was the year of change. Reapportionment led to different district lines being drawn in addition to a significant number of Democratic office holders either retiring or seeking higher office. In the case of the 25th District, Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) gave up his safe Assembly seat to run in the Democratic primary for Congress in the 6th Congressional District.

He was defeated by Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). This led to the recently concluded primary between Iannece and Rozic, with Rozic winning by a decisive margin.

Rozic’s victory was certainly one of the most surprising results of the primary season. Iannece had the endorsement of most of the Democratic elected officials in the area, including U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside), state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Meng, Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens), former Borough President Claire Shulman, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria), Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and others.

When we look at Iannece’s record of service over the last 20 years, we see a record of accomplishment. From 1995-2002, he served as president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association. He received its Man of the Year Award. From the YMCA during the same period, he received the Community Service Award.

He also served as a board member at St. Roberts Home School Association during the 1990s. Iannece also participated during the 1990s as a Little League coach and coached for the CYO and Bayside Little League.

He held the position of vice president of the Federation of Italian American Organizations of Queens. He was chairman of the Queens County Columbus Day Parade.

In recent years, Iannece has been chairman of Community Board 11 from 2002-07 and again from 2009 to the present.

A major issue Iannece worked on while chairman of the community board was the Oakland Ravine Project, which stopped major flooding in Bayside, in addition to saving Oakland Lake. He also worked on the rezoning of Queens homes and helped to keep Fire Engine Co. 306 from closing in Bayside during 2010.

It can only be wondered, with such a record of achievement and service for 20 years to the community at large, how Iannece could have lost an Assembly race, especially with most of the district in his own neighborhood.

There definitely was voter apathy. This year we had three sets of primary elections, so registered voters got tired of it. A significant number of them did not want to come out a third time. Many of those who did not show up at the polls were Iannece supporters.

The opposition, as stated, had strong support from the Working Families Party. Labor unions, including the Communication Workers of America, the Teamsters and the Hotel Trade Council, joined in the effort for Rozic against Iannece in the closing days of the campaign. These labor organizations brought plenty of volunteers. They were able to bring into focus a huge campaign organization.

In one statement given by Iannece recently, he said, “I feel I have given a lot of effort in helping to build our community. I had hoped to do even more.”

In summary, it is hard to believe that such an outstanding record held by Iannece would not be approved in terms of winning this recent election.

We wish attorney Iannece success in the future.

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Lou from Bayside says:
Time to get over it! The people were able to detect a phony and chose to vote for someone who might not be a rubber stamp for Silver ,Cuomo et al. Now is not the time to vote in a pandering yes man!
Oct. 5, 2012, 7:46 am
Tom from Bayside says:
I am a registered Democrat who has grown tired of the corruption and cronyism of Queens (and Brooklyn) Democratic politics. I am not a union member. Nily Rozic's campaign was the first I ever volunteered for, at age 51. While I respect the work Mr. Iannece has done in the past, I felt it was time for a new voice for us in Albany, so I worked hard for a well-earned victory by his opponent. The writer says it was voter apathy that cost him the election. I strongly disagree. He entered the race with a sense that the job was already his. It was Mr. Iannece, I believe, who was apathetic. He did not articulate enough, for me, why I should give him my vote, while Ms. Rozic did. Far from apathetic, the people I met and spoke to during the campaign, including many seniors, were desperately ready for change. That is what Ms. Rozic will bring, as well as the experience and insight into the workings of Albany gleened from her work as chief of staff for Assemblman Brian Kavanagh. This Mr. Iannece lacks. Therefore I take exception and disagree strongly that it was voter apathy that cost him the election. He felt entitled to it. He did not passionately campaign for the voters there would be. And the lack of support among the voters of the district is what counts in our democracy, not how many endorsements one brings. Ms Rozic earned the endorsement of the NY Daily News as well as the New York Times, who called her the "real star" of the race. It's time to move on, while saying thank you to Mr. Iannece.
Oct. 5, 2012, 1:38 pm
Carole from Bayside Hills says:
Boy, oh boy Lou. You need to get a life. There you go again. Another article on Jerry and another opportunity to rag off. Have it in for Jerry, eh? Such power he holds over you. Wow!! So sad.
Nily didn't run for office, she was run.
Jerry was and is the best candidate for Assemblyperson. Period! Nily will bring whatever the politicians who ran her want her to, should she win. She will have no voice of her own.
Oct. 5, 2012, 9:53 pm
Andrew from Bayside Hills says:
I compare Nily to Obama...both look good, both talk well, both make promises they can't keep, both are over their heads. We paid the price with Obama. He was a fresh face and a rising star too. How did that work out for you America? When Nily fails, maybe she can blame George Bush too!!
The point is Jerry has repeatedly done for our neighborhood as a volunteer with a non paying job. Always did for others, served his community for free and delivered. His record exemplary but yep, we vote in the boob. I guess we like underdogs and pain. She will be a puppet. In case anyone was awake and paying attention they would realize that's why she really won because she will be a puppet. In case your eyes are opening now, ask yourself when was the last time the NEW YORK TIMES got involved in an assemblyman election in QUEENS. Do a little homework on who her best friend is (Rebecca Lynch) and how she is related to someone in the "democratic machine". Smells fishy? It shouldn't. There were reasons why Jerry lost and he wasn't one of them. Better that he lost anyway, he was too good and too honest to be part of broken down pay as you play system. Nily was the perfect pick.
Oct. 5, 2012, 11:07 pm
Hank from Bayside says:
I don't think that it is possible to put what "Tom from Bayside" is saying into the proper perspective unless you have read this story:

http://baysidehills.info/?q=node/84

Be sure to read the entire article and click on the link following the sentence "Want to know more about Kevin Lynch?".

The article was submitted by a reader and the Bayside Hills people put a disclaimer on the article, but read it and make up your own mind.
Oct. 6, 2012, 12:48 am
Paul from Bayside says:
"Star" is a strange term to use for the inflatable party doll of Brian Kavanagh and Kevin Lynch.

Does anyone seriously think the New York Times and The Daily News had any idea who she was?

These manipulators claiming that Iannece was the machine candidate is a classic example of the "pot calling the kettle black".

Her "Strong Women" story line is another one their their fantastic inventions. If voters are naive enough to elect Rozic, once the election is over, Brian and Kevin will let the air out of her and take over.

If Iannece wasn't so damn polite, he would hand out lawn signs that say "Don't Vote for Brian and Kevin".
Oct. 6, 2012, 1:38 am
Leslie Grubler from Bayside, Queens says:
Jerry Iannece is running on the Independent Line in November.

This gives all those supporters of Jerry, who did NOT come out to vote, the opportunity to PRACTICE THEIR DEMOCRACY, a second chance to support the individual who has been on the frontline for our community for years.

It won't be uphill just a molehill.

We need Jerry to articulate his candidacy on the independent line AND we need the Democratic Party to step out of the box and support the Democrat who will bring his experience of our community to Albany and ultimately fight for what is right for ALL of the people of the state of NY.
Oct. 6, 2012, 6:47 am
Kevin from Bayside says:
You are right Leslie. I would love to see a live debate between the 3 candidates. Jerry would blow them out of the water. That would be a great way for people to see that Jerry is so much more qualified and accomplished. His record and accomplishments outweighs the two other candidates put together. We need the steak not the sizzle!! Jerry ran such a clean campaign and it cost him. Nily's manhattan machine came into queens with a plan to discredit Jerry at every turn and take the spotlight off of her. As one of the commentators stated, she will be nothing more than a puppet. Her claim to fame is that she worked in an assemblymans office and that makes her brilliant. Really? That's the best you got? That's the star? Wow!! What a snow job and it worked. Do your homework and your research. This isn't a pageant, it's an election. I will never read the NY Times again. I never thought of it that way. When was the last time the NY Times got involved in one of our elections? Underhanded stuff. What a snow job. Sell the sizzle and not the steak.....and it worked.
Oct. 6, 2012, 8:36 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Perhaps Jerry should start wearing a carnation in his lapel just like our so called Congressman who endorsed Jerry! You know, the fraud that has severe ethics violations and after 20 plus years in Congress is still best known for hiding under a table in a Chinese restaurant!
Oct. 6, 2012, 9:26 am
Victor from Q says:
1. Parkside Group did not ran good campaign for Jerry because they were very busy with Stavisky and Ron Kim Campaign.
2. Queens Democratic Party - Did not gave enough support to Jerry except Endorsement
3. How come Jerry Could lost election - Peter Koo from Flushing, Grace Meng , Mark Weprin , Quinn... Just "
PARKSIDE GROUP " did not ran good campaing for Jerry.
Oct. 6, 2012, 4:10 pm
Jamie from Bayside says:
Nily will be another "rubberstamp" in the Albany as she has been today at CommunityBoard 8 and will be again if you vote for her. She has done nothing even for her community where she lived except being a paid employee of Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan. A total young neophyte and inexperienced & vulnerable and unripe. Everybody even her colleagues were stunned with her sudden candidacy announcement who had never heard her voice even. She has not sat down as Assemblywoman yet, very strong men like Kevin Lynch is already pushing & lobbying his agenda on Nily- look at the wild connection brewing - Flushing Meadow Park soccer field - they are in other newspapers!!!!!!Put the pieces together!!!!!This is scary and will affect many. We have enough corruption and lobbyist up in Albany that we need a person of integrity to sit as Assemblyman. Stop personal insults. They do not merit anything but a bad reflection of the people issuing it. You might be affected later on for lack of perception on your candidates agenda.
Oct. 7, 2012, 3:24 pm
Jamie from Bayside says:
Nily will be another "rubberstamp" in the Albany as she has been today at CommunityBoard 8 and will be again if you vote for her. She has done nothing even for her community where she lived except being a paid employee of Brian Kavanagh of Manhattan. A total young neophyte and inexperienced & vulnerable and unripe. Everybody even her colleagues were stunned with her sudden candidacy announcement who had never heard her voice even. She has not sat down as Assemblywoman yet, very strong men like Kevin Lynch is already pushing & lobbying his agenda on Nily- look at the wild connection brewing - Flushing Meadow Park soccer field - they are in other newspapers!!!!!!Put the pieces together!!!!!This is scary and will affect many. We have enough corruption and lobbyist up in Albany that we need a person of integrity to sit as Assemblyman. Stop personal insults. They do not merit anything but a bad reflection of the people issuing it. You might be affected later on for lack of perception on your candidates agenda.
Oct. 7, 2012, 3:24 pm
Sol from Hillcrest says:
Nily's people came to my door and said bad things about her opponent. I believed them and voted for her. I was wrong and angry. I read a post from Mel in Flushing about the redistricting. It led me to a link article. I was shocked at who's backing Nily.

This is the link http://baysidehills.info/?q=node/84. I invite you to read it too.

I will not be voting for Nily in the General election.
Oct. 8, 2012, 2:33 pm
rosemarie from fresh meadow says:
Nily Rozic received $17,000 donation from StudentsNYFirst, a group promoting the use of Charter Schools & teacher evaluation rather increased funding for public school. Hello, almost all candidates/elected officials reject donation from this organization like Bill D'Blasio , MarkWeprin, Comptroller John Liu, Leroy Comrie, Letitia James, Jumaane Williams, Jimmy VanBramer, DanielDromn, NydiaVelasquez and many more. This is toxic funds! If you are teacher, parents with children in public schools - do not vote for Nily Rozic. She already sold herself against the general interest of the masses. She does not know well enough how this will affect our children and teachers - this is massive. Nily is not a parent, no children, and she does know the hardship of parenthood at 26 yrs. unmarried and living with her parents. Nily Rozic will turn our world upside down!!!
Oct. 8, 2012, 3 pm
Sally from Oakland Gardens says:
Ms Rozic also received very large donations from the Teamsters, Mason Tenders and many of the Trade unions. Aren't these the same groups that are pushing for the land grab soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows? The more I read the less I like about Nily Rozic. It looks like this 26 year old is nothing more than a pawn.
Oct. 8, 2012, 4:33 pm
Shih from Springfield says:
Ms. Rozic obviously do not know anything about the 25th Assembly District she is running for. Nily is so detached and ignorant of our community. Our community (SCHOOL BOARD 26) has the BEST PUBLIC SCHOOLS in the entire New York State and we are proud of this. We moved in this neighborhood for our children because it has the best public schools. Nearby districts wanted so much get into School Board 26 public school for their children. PS 73 was awarded the Blue Ribbon as ONE OF THE BEST PUBLIC SCHOOL in the entire United States. How could Nily transform our education system into chartered school!!! Nily was never in any PTA and ignorant of our public school system. THERE MUST BE MORE WHAT NILY DO NOT KNOW OF OUR COMMUNITY. Be wary.
Do not fix what is not broken!!! Ms. Rozic wants to be an INSTANT TRANSPLANT from Manhattan to Queens she does not even know well. At 26 yrs old, Ms. Rozic must have been picking her ideas from the filing cabinet of Brian Kavanagh in Manhattan trying to arouse and impress Queens voters on ideas that are not originally hers and are NOT EVEN APPLICABLE TO OUR COMMUNITY!!!!
Oct. 9, 2012, 1:07 pm

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