Primary Day led to expected results, for the most part. For the Democratic mayoral nomination, Thompson romped, 70 to 21 percent, over Tony Avella. (Also someone named Roland Rogers got eight percent. Clearly a name to watch!) With no comptroller candidate making the 40 percent mark, John Liu and David Yassky are headed to a runoff election on September 29. The same goes for public advocate candidates Mark Green and Bill de Blasio (who actually came out ahead of the perennial candidate, 32-30 percent). And Cy Vance showed the old boy’s network was mighty effective, gaining him 43 percent of the vote and the Democratic nomination for Manhattan D.A. (Robert Morgenthau, outgoing D.A. and endorser of Vance, said on primary morning, “Did you see that picture they ran of [his former rival and Vance’s tonight, Leslie Crocker] Snyder in the Times with her dog? The dog was trying to get away from her.”)
In council district 1 embattled incumbent Alan Gerson got trounced by another longtime candidate, Margaret Chin. She got 39 percent, and there’s no runoff in council primaries. Helen Sears of Queens and Kendall Stewart of Brooklyn also seem to have lost their seats. Among other incumbents, Maria Baez is in a squeaker with Fernando Cabrera that should take a few days to settle, at least. Same goes for Thomas White in district 28 in Queens; he’s neck in neck with Lynn Nunes. And Darlene Mealy is only a few points up on Tracy Boyland. In Melinda Katz’ district, Karen Koslowitz may or may not have it over Lynn Schulman (25-22 percent at last call), and Diana Reyna has two points on Maritza Davila.
The big shock: Debi Rose (pictured) just ran away in council district 49 in Staten Island, 54-39 percent, over incumbent Ken Mitchell, who won the seat in a special election against Rose in February. Staten Island may get its first black elected official!