While southwestern Brooklyn is often a political minefield, the expected battle for the City Council seat in the 43rd district never reached that level, with the Democratic incumbent, Vincent Gentile, scoring an easy victory over his Republican opponent, Bob Capano.
On Election Night, November 3rd, unofficial tallies put Gentile -- who also was running on the Working Families line -- with 59.73 percent of the vote, and Capano -- who also had the Conservative and Independence Party lines -- with 40.27 percent.
In total, Gentile, who is popular across the district, amassed 13,217 votes, and Capano collected 8,911 votes, according to the unofficial numbers.
It was an early evening for the victor and his supporters. By 10 p.m., champagne corks were popped at Gentile’s headquarters, the Stars & Stripes Democratic Club, 7321 15th Avenue, as a cheering crowd greeted the ebullient Gentile.
“Oh, my God,” he pronounced. “Oh, my God. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
“There are two words that defined this campaign from the beginning,” Gentile went on. “Those two words were proven leadership. Now, tonight, with this big win, we can add two more words that define this campaign: We won.”
And, he added, “Unlike my opponent’s campaign, we got it done without one negative word.”
It hasn’t always been this easy for Gentile. A former state senator, who lost his seat to then-City Councilmember Marty Golden in 2002, Gentile has beaten back fierce challenges over the years from a variety of opponents, including such heavy-hitters as former Republican State Senators Chris Mega and Bob DiCarlo.
This year, however, the joy of victory was bittersweet in one regard, as Gentile made clear when he spoke of those who had died over the course of the year.
“I dedicate this campaign to my mom,” he noted, mentioning also such local activists as Bob Buonvino and Helen Sokoloski, both of whom died earlier this year.