By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Simcha Felder, the former city councilman who is currently the deputy city comptroller, is seeking a return to politics.
Felder, who represented Borough Park during his days on the council, is running in the Democratic Party primary for state Senate in the 17th District against Abraham Tischler on Thursday, Sept. 13.
The winner will run in the Nov. 6 general election against David Storobin, a Republican-Conservative, who won the seat in a special election earlier this year.
The Felder-Tischler contest is one of several races to watch on primary day. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A Republican primary in the 46th Assembly District pits a seasoned candidate, Lucretia Regina-Potter, against a first timer, Thomas McCarthy. The winner of the primary will take on incumbent Democrat Alec Brook-Krasny. Regina-Potter, who lives in Bath Beach, ran twice against Assemblyman Peter Abbate when he represented the area. With redistricting, the boundary lines of Abbate’s district, the 49th A.D., were changed.
Even if McCarthy loses the GOP Primary, he will still be on the ballot on Nov. 6. He has already secured the endorsement of the Brooklyn Conservative Party, according to Party Chairman Gerard Kassar.
Four state Assembly members are facing primaries as they run to hold onto their seats. In the 42nd District, incumbent Rhoda Jacobs faces a primary from fellow Democrat Rodneyse Bichottee. Democratic Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is being challenged by Ben Akselrod in the 45th A.D. Dov Hikind, who has represented the 48th A.D. for nearly 30 years, has to get past Michael Tischler if he wants to run for re-election on the Democratic line.
Democratic Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. has several opponents in the primary in the 55th District. The crowded ballot includes Roy Antoine, Anthony Herbert, Anthony Jones, David Miller, Nathan Bradley, and Christopher Durosinmi.
There are also Democratic Party primaries for judgeships. Two candidates, Lara Genovese and Richard Montelione, are vying for the nomination for civil court judge in the 1st municipal court district.
Three candidates, Charles Finklestein, Theresa Ciccotto, and Steven Mostofsky, are running in the Democratic Primary in the 5th municipal court district.