In his primary race against Major R. Owens, who went on to win the Congressional seat in 1982, some of Mr. Beatty's supporters hid in a crawl space above a bathroom at the Board of Elections in Brooklyn. After the office closed for the day, the Beatty contingent emerged, went to where the voter files were kept and doctored registration cards of Mr. Owens's supporters. This created the appearance of irregularities that Mr. Beatty apparently hoped would lead the courts to invalidate Mr. Owens's victory and order another vote. Lower courts ordered a rerun, but the state's highest court said no.
Not sure about the breakdown from 2013, but in 2009 Astorino did extremely well in Westchester's upscale Democratic communities. He even won New Castle (hometown of the Clintons) and Scarsdale, both of which gave Obama about 70% in 2008.
Barring a Client 9-type scandal, though, he still has no chance against Cuomo.
-Manhattanites think that the city is going in the right direction (56-33), while three of the outer borough don't (Bronx 44-52, Brooklyn 44-49, Queens 41-50). No breakdown was provided for Staten Island for any of the questions.
-Men think the city is going in the right direction (56-37), but women don't (40-51)
-Bloomberg is viewed favorably by whites (55-39) and Hispanics (47-44) but unfavorably by blacks (31-64) for a total of 46-47 overall.
-Giuliani is viewed favorably by whites (59-36) and Hispanics (50-35) but unfavorably by blacks (27-68) for a total of 48-45 overall.
-David Dinkins is viewed favorably by blacks (66-17) and unfavorably by whites (31-50) and Hispanics (32-37) for a total of 40-37 overall.
-5% of voters think that de Blasio is somewhat conservative. 2% think he is very conservative.
-48% oppose stop and frisk, while 47% support it. Whites support it 59-38, while blacks (29-65) and Hispanics (47-50) oppose it. Men support it 56-40, while women oppose it 41-55. People with college degrees oppose it (46-49), people without college degrees support it (51-45)
-56% support more charter schools, while 34% oppose. Hispanics are most supportive (69-29), followed by blacks (61-30) and whites (50-37)
Always a fun time with Brooklyn politics. The assembly district that roughly matches this council district gave Romney 59%, and was one of only two ADs that he won outside of Staten Island. It's probably the best (read: the only) shot the GOP has a picking up a council seat.
The CPUSA wasn't so thrilled with McDonald's presence on the People Before Profits ticket:
Some CP supporters may have been more than a little unhappy about running a candidate whose name appeared around town on red. white and blue striped campaign stickers. But they were really squirming in their seats October 20, when at the PBP's Borough of Manhattan Community College rally they heard with their own ears McDonald's anti-Semitic ravings. There was no mistaking his racist message. Less than a minute into his speech, McDonald began ranting that "It's a travesty that in the city of New York. we are about to elect three white, Jewish males to run the city-wide offices of this city." There was plenty of muttering in the heavily Jewish audience, and one elderly woman yelled out "They're three millionaires!" McDonald was undeterred. He went on to denounce the makeup of the Board of Estimate for including "Ed Koch, Andy Stein, Jay Goldin, Donald Manes, Howard Golden, Stanley Simon...." And after this recitation of Jewish names he attacked real estate developers for throwing old women on the street "so they can get a few more shekels."
-Prior to the 1964 election, the Senate had 33 Rs and 25 Ds.
-The Democrats picked up nine seats in the 1964 wave, giving them control of the chamber 34-24.
-Up until and including the 1964 election, the state reapportioned assembly seats by county (go to the assembly page and turn back the date--you'll get the idea). One-man/one-vote meant that the legislature had to re-draw the districts. They increased the number of assembly seats from 150 to 165, and the number of senate seats from 58 to 65.
-An election using the new districts is held in November 1965. The GOP re-takes the Senate, but the Democrats keep the assembly.
-A court-ordered reapportionment in 1966 again changed the number of seats, bringing the assembly back to 150 seats and the senate to 57.
Gaear Grimsrud: The third line is pretty indisputable. A lot of Reform and Conservative Jews intermarry with other ethnicities and become less attached to a Jewish identity. The Orthodox communities have very high birthrates with very little intermarriage, so I think the political character of the American Jewish community (if we continue to use the Halakhic definition of who is a Jew) will be very different.
Not that it'll make any kind of difference in New York's electoral votes, but there definitely has been a change in Jewish identity in NYC. According to a 2012 UJA-Federation of New York study, 40% of Jews in NYC identify themselves as Orthodox (up from 33% in 2002), and 74% of Jewish children in the city are Orthodox. [Link]