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In NYC's Trump Stronghold, Some Neighborhoods Go Strongly Blue

STATEN ISLAND — Though Staten Island voted overwhelmingly for President-Elect Donald Trump, the borough's North Shore was staunchly with her.

Trump took the island with 57 percent of the vote — 95,612 to her 67,561. But in the North Shore, the former Secretary of State got 64 percent of the vote, according to preliminary numbers from the Board of Election.

"It's a Trump kind of town for some people, but at the same time there are neighborhoods that are overwhelmingly supportive of Hillary Clinton," said Michael Arvanites, president of the North Shore Democratic Club.

"I think we do get written off as, 'Oh, they’re all Republican' and that's simply not true, especially in the North Shore," said Arvanites. 

"It's a very ethnically and racially diverse, culturally aware active portion of the city and the world."

Residents in neighborhoods like Stapleton — where Clinton got 80 percent of the vote — said painting Staten Islanders as only supporting Trump doesn't account for the diversity in the borough.


"What's unfair to me is, obviously you look at the maps of the borough, you can just look at the bottom line, you can say it's a Republican borough," said Tom Shcherbenko, a Stapleton resident who voted for Clinton.

"There are neighborhoods, especially on the North Shore, where finding an actual Trump supporter would be a task."

In Assembly District 61 — which comprises most of the North Shore — Clinton had 25,055 votes compared to Trump's 12,310.

Her strongest showings were in sections of Mariner's Harbor and St. George, where she got 91.9 percent and 90.6 percent of the vote respectively.

Despite Clinton's strong showing on the North Shore, Trump still won the majority of votes in the borough by a higher percentage than President Barack Obama did in 2012 and Sen. John McCain did in 2008, according to the Staten Island Advance.

South Shore communities had strong support for Trump, with election districts in Rossville and Tottenville giving him 80 to 81 percent of the vote.

"I think the people have woken up and realized that we're going on the wrong path and they wanted a change," John Antoniello, chairman of the Republican Party of Staten Island, previously told DNAinfo New York.

"They wanted somebody outside, who wasn’t a politician, and they chose Trump."

Shcherbenko, a district leader of the Democratic Committee of Richmond County and former Bernie Sanders delegate, said borough voters have a history of crossing party lines and voting more independently than the rest of the city. Trump did well with Russian immigrants who moved here.

Arvanites — who said Staten Island's demographics make it a "microcosm" of the country — said Trump tapped into a lot of angry, previously inactive voters to get the win.

He warned that if the next president doesn't come through on his promises to "Make America Great Again," he might only serve one term.

"Staten Islanders, they are independent and they will turn on a candidate that fails," he said.

But the Trump win has some Staten Islanders telling Shcherbenko they're considering moving out of the borough because of his strong support.

"The sad thing is people are saying 'I want to leave now,' because they're looking at neighbors and saying they don’t belong," he said.



STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The North Shore Democratic Club held its annual awards dinner on Thursday, during which Eli Arout, a NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner and Staten Island native, was given the Democrat of the Year Award.

The event, dubbed the Anthony Gaeta PAC Dinner, was held at Li Greci's Staaten on Forest Avenue.

State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-North Shore) and Brooklyn Councilman Vincent Gentile attended.

In addition to Arout, the 54th annual dinner and awards night honored: the St. Adalbert's School and Principal Diane Hesterhagen; Sadia Malik and the Pakistani Civic Association of Staten Island; and the Middle Class Action project for their contributions to Staten Island.



The North Shore Democratic Club of Staten Island had its regular May Meeting at the newly renovated Afternoon's Restaurant located at 415 Forest Avenue. Members heard from Vice Chair John Sollazzo about the prospective candidates for District Attorney that interviewed at County HQ earlier that evening.

The next meeting will be at Afternoon's Restaurant on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 7:30pm. The club will hear from Richard Flanagan, college of Staten Island Political Science Chair and author of Staten Island: A Conservative bastion in a Liberal City.



Army Vet Max Rose wounded in Aghanistan in 2013, beat the odds in defeating Donovan in a district that covers Staten Island and Brooklyn

  • NY's 11th Congressional District was Trump Country in the last national election and the president remains popular in much of that area

  • The Democratic Rose stuck to nonpartisan issues such as the need to rebuild infrastructure and find a way to deal with opioid addiction

Army veteran Max Rose, a moderate Democrat, defeated U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan on Tuesday, unseating the only Republican member of New York City's congressional delegation.

Rose, who was wounded in Afghanistan in 2013, beat the odds in defeating Donovan in a district that covers Staten Island and a small part of Brooklyn. New York's 11th Congressional District was Trump Country in the last national election and the president remains popular in much of suburban Staten Island.

A jubilant Rose thanked supporters, at one point letting out an enthusiastic expletive as he praised their fundraising and canvassing efforts.

"We were never in this to win an election," Rose said. "We were in this to change politics irrevocably in this country." Unlike other Democratic candidates in liberal New York, Rose, a former health care executive who is just 31, didn't make President Donald Trump's leadership a central issue of his campaign.

Charles Fall wins Democratic primary for North Shore Assembly

Fall, an ex-City Hall aide, campaigned heavily on improving transportation options, increasing funding for city schools and ending cash bail.

Fall's transportation plan includes support for a "broad" congestion pricing proposal, an overhaul of the local bus network, creating Bus Rapid Transit on the North Shore and supporting two-way tolling on the Verrazano Bridge.

On health care, Fall said that he would support a single-payer health care system, a statewide individual mandate, state-based public option, and the banning of short-term association health plans.

Fall had the support of the Staten Island Democratic Party, the New York State Reform Party and the New York state Supreme Court Officers Association; the Civil Service Employees Association Local 1000 -- which represents 300,000 state and local government employees -- and the Muslim Democratic Club of New York.

Fall, a 29-year-old chief of staff to the city Park Department's Staten Island commissioner, told a crowded room at Romance Bar and Restaurant in Mariners Harbor that his campaign was focused on the North Shore community.


 campaign has been about our home. It's been about our community. It's been about the North Shore. New leadership and new ideas are long overdue in Albany, and thanks to the passion of the people in this room and across our great community, the time for those changes has come," said Fall. "We started a conversation on the North Shore about the direction in which we want to go.
Fall continued, "We're saying no more to corrupt politics. No more to back room deals. We need results not rhetoric. I am committed to delivering for the community that has given me so much."
Fall will be the first Muslim and African-American from Staten Island to hold the state seat.


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The North Shore Democratic Club continues to be cognizant of the work that lies ahead for the party. We have a new Mayor soon, our nominee Eric Adams, got a lot of support on Staten Island, hopefully if past is prolog,  when he served as Brooklyn Borough  and State Senastor he served the outer boroughs well. 


However, we must be mindful of local challenges facing our borough elected officials – beginning with ensuring taking back Borough Hall for the first time in 32 years!!!


We will have a new North Shore council member as Kamiliah Hanks took the primary and looks likely to be our next Council Member.  In the Mid-Island, Sal Albanese is running to serve the mid-island, after a contentious GOP primary.  Our South Shore Candidate, Olivia Drabczyk a special education teacher, is representing our principles and making the current councilman notice.  


If you are interested in getting involved with a specific Democratic campaign on Staten Island, feel free to email us at president@northshoredems.org, and we will connect you with a representative from the campaigns.


Join us Thursday, July 29th at 6:30pm at Jody's Club Forest 372 Forest Avenue for our first in person event in a year and a half, benefiting, our Borough Presidential Candidate, Mark Murphy and hosted by our North shore Assemblyman Charles Fall                                                                                    


        Bianca Rajpersaud