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It's Election Day. Here's What You Need to Know

By Jeff Mays | November 3, 2015 1:34pm
 Both Staten Island and the Bronx are poised to gain new District Attorneys while the 23rd district in Queens will elect a new council representative, on Election Day Tuesday.
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NEW YORK CITY — It's Election Day.

Both Staten Island and the Bronx will get new district attorneys while the 23rd district in Queens will elect a new City Council representative.

Voters across the city will also have a chance to pick judges for civil and supreme courts. In The Bronx, outgoing District Attorney Robert Johnson is running for a seat on the supreme court in the 12th Judicial District.

An associate of Assembly leader Carl Heastie, Darcel Clark, is running for Bronx district attorney in a move that's been criticized as behind-the-scenes electioneering.



Staten Island District Attorney

Republican Joan Illuzzi and Democrat Michael McMahon are battling it out to replace former District Attorney Dan Donovan who won a seat in Congress last year.

Illuzzi is a former assistant Manhattan district attorney and McMahon is a former Staten Island congressman and city councilman.

McMahon has raised more than double the amount of money Illuzzi has, but that hasn't stopped her from getting the endorsement of the Staten Island Advance, the New York Daily News and the New York Post.

McMahon picked up endorsements from the likes of Sen. Charles Schumer and state Sen. Diane Savino.

Bronx District Attorney

Johnson, the longest-serving district attorney in Bronx history, raised eyebrows when he said he would step down from his position if the Democratic Party nominated him as a state judge.

He announced his decision after he had won the September primary, meaning the Democratic Party in The Bronx would choose his replacement. And because the Bronx is heavily Democrat, it's likely that the party's selection would cruise to victory.

Dick Dadey, executive director of good government group Citizens Union, called Johnson's maneuver a "collusion" with the Bronx Democratic Party and said Johnson was "flouting our democracy."

The Bronx Democratic Party's nominee was Clark, a judge for the Appellate Division who once worked in the Bronx District Attorney's office.

Clark has promised to set up a CompStat-style system and a public corruption unit if elected.

Her opponent is Republican attorney Robert Siano who has pledged to address the office's backlog and low conviction rates if elected.

23rd Council District

In Queens, Barry Grodenchik beat out Rebecca Lynch, a former assistant commissioner of community affairs, and four other Democrats in the September primary.

But he faces a challenge from Lynch on the Working Families Party line along with Republican Joseph Concannon.

The seat is located in one of the most ethnically diverse districts in the city. It has remained vacant since former Councilman Mark Weprin resigned to take a position as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's deputy secretary for legislative affairs.

Check here for a list of all candidates. To find your polling place visit the Board of Elections site.

Polls close at 9 p.m. Tuesday.