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September 16, 2009: Vol. 1, No. 8
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In the 34th District: Reyna reigns — but barely

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Diana Reyna 4,205 (45.57 percent)
Maritza Davila 3,982 (43.15 percent)

Gerry Esposito 1,041 (11.28 percent)

34th Council District covering Bushwick and parts of Williamsburg

Incumbent Councilwoman Reyna narrowly defeated a Democratic Party-backed upstart in what turned out to be one of the closest races this primary season.

Reyna — who came into politics under the tutelage of powerful Democratic Party boss, Assemblyman Vito Lopez (D-Bushwick) — beat her Lopez-supported foe by just 223 votes, capping off a bizarre race that centered around the city’s controversial plan to allow developers to build housing in a largely industrial swath of land called the Broadway Triangle in the neighboring 33rd Council District.

Reyna opposes the plan because it grants land to two non-profits with ties to Lopez, while her opponent, Davila — an employee of one of the non-profits — supports it.

“This was your victory, this was the people’s victory,” Reyna told supporters, who were jubilant and visibly relieved after the nail-biting conclusion of the tight race. “We sent the loudest message to the powers that be that they have to remember to respond to the demands, the needs of this district — and not their personal interest.”

Longtime Community Board 1 District Manager Gerry Esposito came in a distant third.

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