Welcome to the online Citizens Union 2010 General Election Voters Directory. You may also view a pdf of the print directory by clicking here. This page contains information regarding each of the 15 races and the City Charter Revision ballot questions which were evaluated by Citizens Union, which you can access through the links for each district and ballot question below. Each district’s page contains:
- individual summaries of candidates who were interviewed by Citizens Union;
- candidates’ detailed questionnaire responses; and
- the rationale for Citizens Union’s support for a particular candidate. Please note that Citizens Union issues a “Preference” for the Primary Election, and an “Endorsement” only in the General Election.
Voting machines demonstrations are taking place all over the City. We encourage you to attend one of these events to learn more about the new voting process.
More information about voting and New York’s new voting machines
Full list of 2010 completed candidate questionnaires
100 YEARS OF INFORMING VOTERS
This year represents the 100th year of Citizens Union’s evaluation of candidates in city and state elections. To mark this occasion, we have compiled images of previous directories, as well as quotes from previous directories to highlight our long history.
Mayor: F.H. La Guardia (Rep.-City Fusion) – Endorsed.
“Those now in control of City Government strive to maintain it primarily to provide security and luxury for the overseers of the Tammany Vineyard. Mr. La Guardia has no sympathy for that point of view. His hatred of political parasites is deep-seated. He can be relied upon to drive the drones from City Hall and the Municipal Building.”
1966 Voters Directory
“On the new machines used in New York City each office will have a row instead of a column and each party a column instead of row. The referendum questions will be in the last column on the right along the top. If you make a mistake in turning down the voting levers, you may correct it while still in the voting booth. But when you leave the booth, be sure to leave the levers down – otherwise your votes will not count.”
“Mayor Koch’s accomplishments have indeed been substantial… Under this administration, there is once again a feeling that someone is in charge at City Hall and that things are under control – or at least more so than before. There’s an attitude of greater confidence, much of which can be directly attributed to Koch.”
State Comptroller – Harry Wilson (R, I, C) endorsed over Tom DiNapoli (D, WF)
Attorney General – Eric Schneiderman (D, I, WF) endorsed over Dan Donovan (R, C)
CITY CHARTER REVISION BALLOT QUESTIONS
Question 1 – Term Limits – Vote No
Question 2 – Elections and Government Administration – Vote Yes
NEW YORK CITY DISTRICT RACES FOR STATE LEGISLATURE
Incumbents are marked with an asterisk (*)
District 34 – Jeffrey Klein* endorsed over Frank Vernuccio
District 81 – Jeffrey Dinowitz* endorsed over Joe McLaughlin
District 51 – Felix Ortiz* endorsed over Henry Lallave
District 26 – Liz Krueger* endorsed over Saul Farber
District 11 – Frank Padavan* endorsed over Tony Avella
District 12 – Mike Gianaris endorsed over Jerome Patrick Tina, Jr.
District 13 – Jose Peralta* endorsed over Richard La Salle
District 15 – Joseph Addabbo* endorsed over Anthony Como
(Due to limited capacity, Citizens Union is not able to evaluate every race taking place in New York City.)
Candidates preferred in Primary Election but not evaluated for General Election in Italics.
See the full 2010 Primary Election Voters Directory for more information.
Bronx/Manhattan Senate District 28 – Jose Serrano*, Democratic Candidate
Bronx/Manhattan Senate District 28 – Jon Girodes, Republican Candidate
Bronx/Manhattan Senate District 31 – Adriano Espaillat, Democratic Candidate
Bronx Senate District 33 – J. Gustavo Rivera, Democratic Candidate
Bronx Assembly District 76 – Peter M. Rivera*, Democratic Candidate
Bronx Assembly District 83 – Patrick McManus, Conservative Candidate
Bronx Assembly District 86 – Nelson Castro*, Democratic Candidate
Brooklyn Senate District 20 – Eric Adams*, Democratic Candidate
Brooklyn/Staten Island Senate District 23 – Diane Savino*, Democratic Candidate (uncontested)
Brooklyn Assembly District 41 – Alan Bellone, Republican and Candidate
Brooklyn Assembly District 42 – Alan Kesler, Republican Candidate
Brooklyn Assembly District 49 – Peter Cipriano, Republican Candidate
Brooklyn Assembly District 50 – Joseph Lentol*, Democratic Candidate
Brooklyn Assembly District 52 – Joan Millman*, Democratic Candidate
Brooklyn Assembly District 57 – Hakeem Jeffries*, Democratic Candidate
Manhattan Senate District 30 – Bill Perkins*, Democratic Candidate
Manhattan Assembly District 74 – Brian Kavanagh*, Democratic Candidate
Queens Assembly District 22 – Grace Meng*, Democratic Candidate (uncontested)
Queens Assembly District 23 – Audrey Pheffer*, Democratic Candidate
Queens Assembly District 23 – Harold Paez, Republican Candidate
Queens Assembly District 24 – Bob Friedrich, Conservative Candidate
Queens Assembly District 28 – Andrew Hevesi*, Democratic Candidate
Queens Assembly District 33 – Barbara Clark*, Democratic Candidate (uncontested)