BY DOMENICK RAFTER
Editor in Chief
The race for Council District 23 was not the only thing on the ballot in Queens this Election Day, though it may have been the only competitive race.
District Attorney Richard Brown won a seventh term unopposed. Brown has run without opposition in all but two elections; his first in 1991, when he faced a Republican and again in 1999 against a Green Party candidate.
Former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who represented Astoria in City Hall from 2002 through 2013 was elected a civil court judge for the 3rd Municipal Court District. He had run unopposed with the support of the Democratic, Republican and Conservative parties.
Democrats Laurentina McKetney Butler, Mauren Healy and Ushir Pandit-Durant won election as judges of the Civil Court. Usher-Pandit becomes the first South Asian-American elected to a judgeship in Queens. Three Democrats also won election to the state Supreme Court’s 11th Judicial District, which covers Queens: Martin Ritholtz, Peter O’Donoghue and Duane Hart.
Just outside the borough, Democrats scored big wins in Nassau County and Staten Island, winning the district attorney’s race in both jurisdictions. Acting DA Madeline Singas, a Democrat appointed after former DA Kathleen Rice won a seat in Congress last year, was elected to a full term as Nassau County’s top prosecutor, defeating outgoing Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray. In her victory speech, Singas thanked “Isles fans,” a shot at the heat Murray took for the Islanders leaving Nassau County for Brooklyn after plans to develop Nassau Coliseum fell through.
In Staten Island, former U.S. Rep. Michael McMahon was elected district attorney, defeated ex-Manhattan prosecutor Joan Illuzzi, the Republican. McMahon replaces Dan Donovan, who was elected earlier this year to McMahon’s old seat in Congress.