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Brooklyn Paper: Gentile Has Easy Win in Council race

November 4, 2009

As all the newspapers and blogs have reported, as as we reported to you early this morning, Bob Capano lost his bid to unseat Vincent Gentile for a City Council seat. Here is the article from The Brooklyn Paper:

While southwestern Brooklyn is often a political minefield, the expected battle for the City Council seat in the 43rd district never reached that level, with the Democratic incumbent, Vincent Gentile, scoring an easy victory over his Republican opponent, Bob Capano.

On Election Night, November 3rd, unofficial tallies put Gentile — who also was running on the Working Families line — with 59.73 percent of the vote, and Capano — who also had the Conservative and Independence Party lines — with 40.27 percent.

In total, Gentile, who is popular across the district, amassed 13,217 votes, and Capano collected 8,911 votes, according to the unofficial numbers.

It was an early evening for the victor and his supporters. By 10 p.m., champagne corks were popped at Gentile’s headquarters, the Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, 7321 15th Avenue, as a cheering crowd greeted the ebullient Gentile.“Oh, my God,” he pronounced. “Oh, my God. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.“There are two words that defined this campaign from the beginning,” Gentile went on. “Those two words were proven leadership. Now, tonight, with this big win, we can add two more words that define this campaign: We won.”

And, he added, “Unlike my opponent’s campaign, we got it done without one negative word.”

It hasn’t always been this easy for Gentile. A former state senator, who lost his seat to then-City Councilmember Marty Golden in 2002, Gentile has beaten back fierce challenges over the years from a variety of opponents, including such heavy-hitters as former Republican State Senators Chris Mega and Bob DiCarlo.

This year, however, the joy of victory was bittersweet in one regard, as Gentile made clear when he spoke of those who had died over the course of the year.

“I dedicate this campaign to my mom,” he noted, mentioning also such local activists as Bob Buonvino and Helen Sokoloski, both of whom died earlier this year.


As has been intimated in other blogs, such as Urban Elephants, this just might be the last gasp of the GOP in Bay Ridge.

More on the elections later today on Atlas, so be sure to come back!

  1. Young Republican permalink
    November 4, 2009 5:41 pm

    He got over 40% thats better than any other candidate in Brooklyn.

  2. Atlas Shrugger permalink
    November 4, 2009 7:21 pm

    And yet, I believe Capano received less of the vote than his predecessor who challeneged Gentile. And Capano had good name recognition.

    He announced his candidacy late, which was a serious mistake.

    His campaign manager was obviously more interested in writing on Atlas than working on a campaign.

    There were serious issues with his organization, fundamental structural flaws that seriously compromised the election for Capano.

    To just say “he got over 40%” misses the point of such a failure.

  3. Gerry permalink
    November 4, 2009 7:26 pm

    I’m afraid this was supposed to be a sure bet, Mr. Young Republican.

    So much for a sure bet. The campaign was mismanaged. And don’t forget, Capano announced the bid late AND lost IN SPITE of all of the Bay Ridge-centered events that the party held (which was basically the sum total of their pre-election activities).

    The party should be ashamed of this loss, and frankly, I don’t know what Bob was doing in this race. This should have been a big win for him.

    It’s a shame it was so poorly mismanaged by the party leadership and his acolytes.

  4. Marty from Bay Ridge permalink
    November 4, 2009 7:30 pm

    As I said on this blog before, Bob Capano did not have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning. I did not say this because I personally dislike Bob. It’s just that everyone I know was saying that Capano was just not running the campaign he needed to to win….

    That the party was unable to mobilize people for Bloomberg is deeply telling. Now, how much money did the party get from him 50k? And for what?

    No Republican was welcome in Bloomberg’s victory palace last night, I’ll tell you that much.

  5. Stephanie Stadler permalink
    November 5, 2009 2:24 am

    written by Jay Golub , November 04, 2009, on

    “This is why running on a message of abolishing the Public Advocate’s position as your main issue in a City Council race will never work.

    Bob should have been running on the issues that made the Mayoral race close – taxes and lies by our elected officials.

    Bob’s tight relationship with Bloomberg destroyed him.

    In Queens, where we were always fundamentally and loudly opposed to Bloomberg’s tax and spend policies that have offended middle-class outer-borough New Yorkers, the GOP was exceptionally successful.

    Essentially, Bob – a great guy who would have been a tremendous public servant – was running with one hand tied behind his back…”

    written by Quickjustice , November 04, 2009, on

    “As many former GOP City Council candidates who tried to ride on Mayor Bloomberg’s coattails, including Dr. Joel Zinberg, can testify, he has none.

    Someone should speak to his tailor! 😉 “

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