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September 10, 2002 (Posted Sept
Thrill of Victory • The Agony of Defeat
By Stewart S Lilker
Democratic Party boss, Jay Jacobs
(left) celebrates the victory of Kevan Abrahams ...
The race for the
vacated seat of Democratic County Legislator Patrick Williams
was decided last night in a landslide victory for the Democrats,
who have retained control of the County Legislature.
The First LD, which includes pieces of Freeport, Hempstead, Uniondale,
Roosevelt, Baldwin and East Meadow is registered Democratic two to one.
With all the election districts in, Democrat Kevan Abrahams trounced
Republican RickyLarosa five to one. Abrahams, the former Finance Director
for the Legislative Majority, won with 83 percent of the vote.
Republican candidate, Ricky LaRosa
gave it his best shot ...
It appeared from the outset that Republican party boss, Joe
Mondello, was going to give up the seat without a fight, giving
LaRosa little more than palm cards for support. LaRosa, to his
credit, stumped the district to exhaustion, knocking on doors,
visiting train stations and taking every opportunity to shake
hands and get his message out.
LaRosa told FNYN "It was an honor to run. I congratulate Kevan
Abraham on his victory. I will continue to keep working with the
community to ensure everybody gets a fair shake and can
participate in the American dream."
After the polls closed, Jacobs,
Legislator Denennberg and Abrahams watch the results come in.
Abrahams told his supporters, "It is my hope to translate this
victory into a larger victory that will open the door for all
the people who live in our community. We share the same dreams
for affordable housing, economic development and educational
opportunity. I will work day and night, with all my heart and
soul, to make these dreams a living, breathing, reality."
Legislative Leader, Judy Jacobs, talking about the years of Democratic
turmoil, told FNYN, "We did it again and again until we got it right."
As the media's interviews
concluded, County Exec. Tom Suozzi told Scott ...
Through the Democratic Press Office, Jacobs added, "Kevan's
extensive experience with the legislature will mean he will hit
There could be no better time for him to come aboard then now,
when the legislature will be grappling with the budget and
financial decisions that will effect this county."
According to Rafael
Lieber, Majority Deputy Press Secretary, "Abrahams,
a life-long resident of Hempstead, joined the County
Deputy Finance Director in 2000 and served as its Finance Director from
July to present. He served as a
legislative assistant and Deputy District Director for Congressman Floyd
H. Flake and as a district
representative for Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy.
Abrahams has also worked in the private
sector as a Financial Analyst for Astoria Federal
Savings Bank. He has a masters degree
in business administration from Hofstra
University and holds bachelors degrees
in political science from Queens College."