BY LUIS GRONDA
State Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) has fought off yet another Republican challenger and won re-election for the next two years.
Addabbo defeated his challenger, Michael Conigliaro, by about 10 points, getting 55.1 percent of the vote compared to 44.9 percent than his challenger received.
The residents of Senate District 15 cast nearly 36,000 votes. Addabbo got 19,770 votes and Conigliaro received 16,138 votes.
This is the third time Addabbo has won re-election. He defeated Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in 2012 and Conigliaro this year. He has held the seat since defeating former State Sen. Serphin Maltese in 2008.
The mood was jovial at Addabbo’s election night party at the Woodhaven House in Rego Park. Several supporters cheered loudly when Addabbo arrived at the party.
When he spoke, Addabbo was quick to mention that it was not a victory speech, but a “thank you speech” because “the numbers are still coming in” at the time he took center stage. He named off the numerous staff members and volunteers who worked on his campaign.
“The celebration is tonight to an extent. Tomorrow morning, my staff and I, we roll up our sleeves and get to work,” Addabbo said during the speech.
In an interview after the speech, Addabbo said among the local issues he is focusing on now that he has won re-election are fighting the City on placing a homeless shelter in Glendale, attempting to bring back the Rockaway Ferry service that was shut down on Oct. 31 and discussing how to improve traffic flow on Woodhaven Boulevard.
Conigliaro posted on the campaign Facebook page acknowledging the defeat.
“Tonight, I called Joe Addabbo and congratulated him on his re-election to the State Senate. It was a tough race but I am very proud of the campaign we ran and feel humbled by the strong support I received throughout the district. I am also grateful for the love and support of my family, friends and neighbors, which sustained me during the past few months. Thank you all!” he said.
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