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Gounardes defeats Golden after tight campaign

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Not so fast: Eight-term incumbent state Sen. Marty Golden told his supporters at the Bay Ridge Manor on Nov. 6 that he was not conceding to Democratic upstart Andrew Gounardes, who has an 1,100 vote lead.
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In good company: Golden stood before supporters at his election-night event.
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Shock: Golden’s supporters reacted to the longtime pol’s apparent loss.
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Awe: More Golden fans including the head of the New York State Conservative Party, Mike Long, left, and Arlene Rutuelo, center, anxiously watched the returns.
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Disbelief: A Golden supporter gripped her face in shock during his election-night party, as the results showed the incumbent losing his seat.
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Meanwhile, blocks away: Gounardes supporters cheered the Democratic upstart’s apparent win against Golden at his election-night bash at Cebu in Bay Ridge.

The Golden era has come to an end.

Democrat Andrew Gounardes scored an upset victory in a tight race against eight-term incumbent state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge), winning by more than 1,100 votes to represent the 22nd state Senate district, which includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, and parts of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, and Midwood.

Following his victory, Gounardes thanked his volunteers for helping to bring the district’s diverse constituents to the polls to defeat the longtime incumbent.

“We built the strongest, most diverse coalition ever assembled in Southern Brooklyn to take on Marty Golden, and together we made this victory possible,” he said in a statement.

The born-and-bred Ridgite won the race with 31,168 votes to Golden’s 30,039, according to the state Board of Elections.

But Golden refused to concede, according to his campaign spokesman, who said that the pol was waiting to make sure all votes were counted.

“Senator Golden is not conceding, as we are assessing the ballot situation — machine and absentee — to ensure that every vote is counted,” said Michael Tobman.

Gounardes nabbed his first victory in the race when he beat journalist Ross Barkan in the September Democratic primary, and received the backing of Gov. Cuomo, borough Democratic Party boss Frank Seddio, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand — and actor Ben Stiller, who went door-to-door with the candidate on Monday — in his bid to unseat Golden.

This was Gounardes’s second attempt at ousting Golden, after he lost his first race against the incumbent by 10,300 votes in 2012.

The newly minted pol most recently worked as Counsel to Borough President Adams, and previously worked as an aide to former Ridge councilman Vincent Gentile and Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Mendendez.

The race was contentious, with the candidates sparring — and sometimes screaming — over their divergent visions for the district. But on election night, Gounardes thanked Golden for his more than 20 years of public service — first as a police officer, and then as a Ridge councilman, before his 16-year reign in the upper chamber.

“I want to thank Marty Golden for his years of public service, not only as an elected official but also for his years as a police officer,” Gounardes said. “Despite our differences we both agree that public service is truly a privilege.”

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 6:00 pm, November 7, 2018
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Clay from Brooklyn says:
So when is someone going to investigate why Golden is getting a medical disability from the NYPD and the tax payers claiming he can't work but was able to work that last 16 years and go skydiving as well.
Nov. 8, 1:52 pm

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