The people have spoken, and Democratic incumbent Joseph Addabbo has won the 15th State Senate District over Republican challenger Michael Conigliaro by a 63.1 percent to 36.9 percent margin with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Addabbo appeared at the Old Mill Yacht Club, located at 163-15 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach, to celebrate his victory and where he took the time to thank his family, his staff and his supporters for all of their work and dedication.
“I wanted to say thank you to those who really make it a pleasure for me to work and for all of you to understand that you made one person’s dream of being a public servant become a reality,” Addabbo said. “So I really want to say thank you very much.”
The 15th Senate District represents the neighborhoods of Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Glendale, Middle Village, Maspeth and parts of South Ozone Park, Ridgewood, Woodside and The Rockaways.
Addabbo took the time on Election Day to visit all parts of his district, visiting several voting sites to see hear what his constituents were saying and what they were concerned about.
“I had the great pleasure from going from corner-to-corner, end-to-end in the district today, visiting almost all the polling sites” Addabbo said. “And I hear a lot. I hear a lot of supporter’s words, but I also hear complaints and I think the state has to do something with the election process.”
The Senator said that he wanted to get to work on fixing that very process by instituting an early voting system when he goes back to Albany.
“It means I have additional work to do, we have a lot of work to do up in Albany,” Addabbo said of winning the election. “But there’s a lot of ongoing projects, a lot of work in the district. So there’s little rest for the weary, tomorrow it’s back to work. I love it. I don’t consider it work, it is a passion to try and help others, so I look forward to going back to work and I’m grateful.”
The Republican candidate congratulated his opponent and thanked his supporters as he left the Queens County GOP Headquarters located at 71-20 Myrtle Ave. in Glendale.
“I want to thank my supporters and with the results of the election I hope the district gets the representation it truly deserves,” Conigliaro said.