Newly elected progressives in western Queens reflect on support of successful campaigns


Election day for state lawmakers in western Queens was largely procedural as all of the incumbents went unopposed in their re-election campaigns. Also unchallenged by Republican candidates were two progressives who survived their primary contests in August.

Maspeth’s Juan Ardila will succeed longtime Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan when she retires at the end of next month and represent District 37, while Long Island City’s Kristen Gonzalez will head to Albany to represent the newly drawn Senate District 59.