2006-03-02 / Top Stories

Former Seddio Chief Of Staff Alan Maisel Wins Special Election

By Neil S. Friedman

State Assemblyman Alan MaiselState Assemblyman Alan Maisel In a special statewide election held Tuesday for a number of openings in the Albany legislature, the former chief of staff for State Assemblyman Frank Seddio, handily won the seat that had been vacant since his predecessor was sworn in as a surrogate judge on January 1.

According to unofficial results, Maisel, running in Brooklyn’s 59th Assembly District, which includes Canarsie, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach and Marine Park, got 85 percent of the vote against two challengers — Conservative Alice Gaffney and Republican Ronald Haugstatter, who both reportedly garnered less than 10 percent.

By winning the special election, it is almost guaranteed that Maisel will be the Democratic candidate in the general election this fall.

Maisel was nominated to succeed Seddio, who served in Albany for seven years, last month when the Democratic County Committee and the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club selected him to fill the post.

Though complete tallies were unavailable at press time yesterday, it was estimated that the turnout for an election that was barely publicized was negligible. Primaries for statewide elections typically draw less than 10 percent of registered voters.

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