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Victory for candidates backed by DC 37
By ALFREDO ALVARADO
The Green Machine, DC 37's group of activists and volunteers, fanned out all over the five boroughs on Tuesday, Sept. 9, passing out palm cards at subway stations to encourage New Yorkers to go to the polls and cast their vote on Primary Day.
The Green Machine activists also placed calls to thousands of New Yorkers from the DC 37 phone bank on behalf of union-backed candidates. Before the election, they also registered thousands of new voters during union activities.
"Our Green Machine volunteers can always be counted on to help us get out the vote," said Wanda Williams, director of the Political Action and Legislation Dept.
That effort helped more that 85 percent of union-backed candidates win their primary elections.
In Manhattan's race for three state Assembly seats all three union-backed candidates won their races by a margin of more than 10 percent. They are: Herman D. Farrell (District 71), Guillermo Linares (District 72), and Rebecca Seawright (District 76).
The two Bronx candidates that DC 37 backed for state Assembly, Latoya Joyner (District 77) and José Rivera (District 78), won their races by more than 40 percent.
In the Brooklyn elections for the Assembly, Charles Barron (District 60), JoAnne Simon (District 52), Felix Ortiz, (District 51), and Alec Brook-Krasny (District 46), all won their races easily.
In Staten Island, Michael Cusick won his election to represent District 63 in the Assembly.