Newcomer Rozik defeats Iannece to win Democratic nod for Assembly

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Nily Rozic speaks to supporters at the Sly Fox Inn. Photo by Christina Satnccu
Nily Rozic carries her ballot. Photo by Christina Santucci
Jerry Iannece casts his vote at PS 31 in Bayside. Photo by Christina Santucci
Nily Rozic greets poll worker Joel Rothman. Photo by Christina Santucci
Jerry Iannece hands out fliers outside PS 31 in Bayside Tuesday morning. Photo by Christina Santucci

Fresh Meadows’ Nily Rozic achieved her goal of bringing a fresh face to the 25th District Assembly race ticket Thursday after beating her Democratic Party-backed opponent Jerry Iannece in a primary election.

Community Board 8’s Rozic beat the Community Board 11 Chairman in his second bid for public office 55 percent to 45 percent with 68 percent of the precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. Thursday night.

With 86 percent of the precincts reporting, Rozic had 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Iannece, according to CBS News.

Iannece told supporters in Bayside earlier in the evening that his time “has come and gone.”

Rozic will go on to face Republican Party-backed William Garifal, Jr. and Conservative candidate Abe Fuchs in the November general election for the seat currently held by Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows). Lancman, who chose not to publicly endorse any candidate in the race, said he would not seek re-election in the Assembly after losing a Democratic primary election for Congress in June to Assemblywoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing).

At her victory party in Fresh Meadows, Rozic told supporters that “this campaign reveals the true believers, the true Democrats, the true feminists, the true progressives, the true reformers, and the true believers in the American dream.”

The newly drawn 25th Assembly District lines run from Flushing to Douglaston and include most of Bayside Hills.

While both candidates have not been elected for public office, Iannece had already run for City Council in 2009 for the seat currently held by Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone).

Iannece, 53, said his experience working in the community made him a viable candidate for the seat. The former Bronx assistant district attorney said the newly drawn district lines made him a perfect fit for the community as he lives in Bayside Hills, served as chairman for Community Board 11 and works as an attorney in Fresh Meadows.

“Politics is just not in the cards for me,” Iannece said, minutes after he arrived to his scheduled victory party at C.J. Sullivan’s in Bayside Thursday night. “I guess my time has come and gone.”

Iannece told his crowd of supporters, including Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Little Neck) and District Leader Carol Gresser, that Rozic’s home areas of Fresh Meadows showed much stronger numbers than he had by the time the polls had closed.

Rozic, 26, a former chief of staff for Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), challenged Iannece because she said there was a growing need for women representatives and fresh faces in Albany.

“I don’t wait in line,” Rozic said last month, referring to her opponent’s past attempts at public office, including a failed bid for the City Council in 2009.

Aside from the Queens Democratic Party, Iannece received endorsements from Meng, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan).

Rozic collected endorsements from different groups including The New York Times, EMILY’s List, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters’ Joint Council 16, the Working Families Party and the New York League of Conservation Voters.

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573.

Updated 4:26 pm, September 14, 2012
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Lou from Bayside says:
Three strikes your out! Thank goodness we dont have to worry about that hack being in Albany!
Sept. 14, 2012, 5:17 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Well done Times Ledger. Your placing Jerrys picture first in ALL of your articles was to no avail. Jerry can now find solace with the Jerry Iannece fanclub of the Bayside Hills Civic Association and go back to blocking group homes and getting preferential treatment on their tree pruning and sewer installations!~
Sept. 14, 2012, 6 am
Lou from Bayside says:
The Democrat machine in Queens has big time egg on their face. Omelets for all! Quinn,Di Napoli, Ackerman,UFT ,Liu, one degenerate after another. The people saw through the little league coach /family man routine and refused to vote for this pathetic phony! Lets hope the new face realizes what scoundrels the others are and ignores them like the pariahs they are! Maybe the can all still get a hot dog after the memorial day parade. Whats the moral of the story? Dont spend years licking the boots of degenerates while at the same time playing the church going ,family man! The people who are pro church and pro family saw through your act. When you take endorsements from politicians who proudly ride on parade floats with leather clad sexual deviants and transvestites you are going to have to pay the price~!
Sept. 14, 2012, 12:48 pm
Joyce shepard from Bayside says:
Lou made a few good points but it appears he has a personal beef with Iannece. After all, Iannece is a family man and father, no matter his political mistakes, the name calling and vicious attack is uncalled for.

Maybe Iannece had a dream and thought the only way he could accomplish it was to connect with people who had power. The mistake is the queens party are a full of scumbags, as is the consultant, Evan Stavisky who Partners with them, and a candidate is forced to use them if they want backing and have a dream.

The dream became a nightmare when Iannece found out twice that the transparent ones to those who vote is the queens party. They should now be the plague to anyone who has a dream of being elected.

Also, Iannece got lucky! Who the he'll wants to go to Albany and join the scumbags up there? Politics nowadays is like a lowlife Tammany Hall. Maybe Governor Cuomo will rise above it and get rid of the wheelers and dealers who don't give a hoot about their communities. They care only about their egos and bank accounts.
Sept. 15, 2012, 10:49 am
Mohmad from Fresh Meadows says:
I think Parkside Group did not ran a good campaign for Jerry - Because they are more busy in Stavisky and Ron Kim Campaign.
Sept. 15, 2012, 6:19 pm
John from douglaston says:
This Lou is an angry as*hole. Probably a mamas boy still living at home. What a bitter son of a b*tch!
Sept. 21, 2012, 11:57 pm
Tony from Whitestone says:
Lou from Bayside is Alfredo Centola, the president of the Malba Gardens Civic Association in Whitestone.. He lacks the ability to use his real name. We call him Mr. BS around here. He is the local joke. Good luck Nily.
Oct. 4, 2012, 5:16 pm
Sam from Fresh meadows says:
Lou or is it Alfredo?

I heard that Nily needs a clown and asked for you to join her three ring circus. All you need to do is make fun of her new opponent like you did her old one and she will make you her top clown, just like she was made the top puppet. Together, I'm sure you would make a good team and get lots of laughs. Neither of you will say anything truthful but it will be Funny. You guys would be perfect for each other and make a pretty pathetic couple.
Oct. 14, 2012, 2:31 am

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