By Michele Justic
Ari Brown defeated David Lobl 4,667 to 2,413 in a special election that included nine days of early voting. Despite the unusual fact that this election featured two Orthodox Jews competing, and an abbreviated campaign cycle and voting time, there was a clear winner without the need for extra days of counting, as in other recent elections.
Ari has served as a Cedarhurst Village Trustee and Cedarhurst Deputy Mayor. David Lobl served as a top aide to former Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Brown’s election to fill the vacant seat of Assemblywoman Melissa Miller, who is now a Councilwoman in the Town of Hempstead, represents a continuation of the “Red Wave” in Nassau County which began when Bruce Blakeman defeated Laura Curran for the role of Nassau County Executive.
“I want to thank the residents of the 20th Assembly District for the confidence that they have placed in me,” Ari Brown, wrote in an email on Election Night. “I am eager be an effective force for the residents of the 20th District when I join the State Assembly . What’s more, I am committed to working against the corrosive effects of the ‘cashless bail’ law, I will push to suspend the state’s gas tax and I will tirelessly labor to preserve our suburban quality-of-life.”
“Eric ‘Ari’ Brown’s victory in the special election for the New York State Assembly is also a victory for the residents of the 20th District,” Nassau County Republican Committee Chairman Joseph. Cairo, Jr. stated in an email, also on Election Night. “Ari will be a powerful voice for public safety and tax relief in Albany.”