Just past 10 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9, Bay Ridge native Stamatis Lilikakis declared victory in the Republican Party primary in the 46th Assembly District over Lucretia Regina-Potter, winning the only Republican Party primary in the borough.
According to unofficial results from New York City Board of Elections, Lilikakis – who will square off against Democratic candidate and incumbent Alec Brook-Krasny this November – received 540 votes (58.5 percent) while Regina-Potter received 383 (41.5 percent).
“I want to thank each and every one of you, because without your help, this could have never happened,” said a humbled Lilikakis to his campaign officer full of supporters who included State Senator Marty Golden and Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis. “We can change the state. Together, we can fight for New York once again, and we can get it back to what it once was. The people are still here and we can do it again.”
Lilikakis, a lifelong Brooklynite, businessman and Fort Hamilton High School graduate, hopes to bring a new approach and level of accountability to the New York Assembly. He hopes to do so by defeating Brook-Krasny – the first Russian-American elected to the Assembly, and seat-holder since 2006 – in the upcoming election and by using his experience to his advantage.
Lilikakis joined his campaign team as well as his supporters – both in and out of government – at his campaign office on 97th Street and Third Avenue to celebrate.
“I’m very excited to see what November holds,” said Lilikakis, a first-time-candidate and father of two children in the public school system whose focuses include education, crime, tax regulation, and the future of small businesses, among others.
“I’m very, very pleased to see not just a win but a solid win,” said supporter Jerry Kassar, the chair of the Kings County Conservative Party, which is also backing Lilikakis, who is also hoping to secure the Independence Party nomination over Brook-Krasny. Results on that primary were not available at press time.
The 46th Assembly District covers all of Sea Gate and Coney Island as well as portions of Brighton Beach, Gravesend, Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst.