State Sen. Marty Golden defeats Andrew Gounardes at the polls

Gounardes refuses to concede as Golden snags victory

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Voters gave State Sen. Marty Golden two more years in Albany on Tuesday with more than 57 percent of Southern Brooklyn voters pulling the letter for the GOP pol.

With 68 percent of voting districts reporting in, Golden received more than 26,000 votes. Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes received just over 19,000, according to

“I thought we’d get a good number,” said Golden as he soaked in his victory. “I’m happy that the good people of New York saw fit to send me back to the state senate.”

Gounardes, a lawyer and Eagle Scout, seemed a longshot to beat the popular legislator from the time he announced his candidacy in February. His campaign struggled for a focus in its early months, with Gounardes attacking the Republican’s record on everything from the gun control to the MTA budget.

Gounardes’s campaign gained a bit of steam when the 10-year incumbent suffered a pair of self-inflicted setbacks: in July Golden became an internet laughing stock when he advertised classes that would teach young women to “sit, stand, and walk like a model.”

Golden was also accused on flip-flopping on the NYPD’s surveillance of city mosques.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at (718) 260–4507 or e-mail him at Follow him on Twitter at
Updated 1:31 pm, November 8, 2012
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Rich from Bay Ridge says:
Golden won because he supports his people. I've voted for him for years and he does a good job for our area.
Nov. 7, 2012, 6:34 am
Mike from Marine park says:
I thought it was time for a change from Golden...then Sandy struck and he was very instrumental in helping the volunteer relief effort. That got him my vote.
Nov. 7, 2012, 6:52 am
Michele from Bay Ridge says:
It's unfortunate that Golden won. He is outdated, dishonest & has overstayed his welcome. At least he got a bit of a challenge from his opponent which should tell Golden something. Hopefully this is it for Marty! Perhaps he can move on to hosting the Miss USA Pageant since he is the authority on poise & interviewing skills for women. Get 'em next time Andrew! Wake up people!
Nov. 7, 2012, 7:23 am
Paul G from Bay Ridge says:
It's sad that more of the voters didn't have a chance to interact with Andrew; he's the "real deal" and the type of candidate that could have done more for Bay Ridge. Now we have another term of building Golden's campaign-retirement fund - now over one million! If Marty truly cares, he should announce today that he will donate his campaign fund to various and needy Brooklyn charaties.
Nov. 7, 2012, 8:10 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
To clarify, I know that Andrew called Senator Golden to concede the election. last night.
Nov. 7, 2012, 12:35 pm
Mike from Bay Ridge says:

Andrew hadn't conceded when this article was written. Actually people were wondering why he didn't concede.

Matthew Bleiberg was running Gounardes campaign and wrote this in the right before sunrise today.
Nov. 7, 2012, 10:59 pm
Maybe now he will do something for Bay Ridge! also how does a disabled cop draw a disability from a leg injury able to run in 5 k races?theirs so much he does ! how about the double parked cars in front of his brothers Bay MANOR CATERING HALL?WHERE HE GETTING ALL THIS MONEY TO BUY BAY RIDGE PROPERTY!
Nov. 10, 2012, 8:41 pm
Concerned Neighbor from Bay Ridge says:
Wow a lot of sour grapes about Golden's convincing victory. Its a sad to look at Certain segments of the Bay Ridge Democratic party when they don't get their way, get used to it guys the people voted and you lost BIG :)
Nov. 12, 2012, 12:25 pm
oldtimer from Bay Ridge says:
Marty talks out of both sides of his mouth and has for years. I can't understand why people keep voting for him. He is faker than a $3 bill
Nov. 12, 2012, 8:29 pm

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