98th Assembly District
Republican Karl Brabenec overcame a challenge by Democrat Aron Wieder for the 98th state Assembly District seat.
Brabenec, of Deerpark, beat out Wieder with 59 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from the state Board of Elections. Brabenec was originally elected to the seat in 2014.
Weider, of Spring Valley, appeared on six different ballot lines, and managed to wrest the Conservative line away from Brabenec through a write-in challenge.
Among the top issues in the district, which includes portions of Rockland and Orange counties, was Kiryas Joel’s annexation of land from the Town of Monroe.
Brabenec opposed Kiryas Joel’s move to increase in size, and favored a proposal to create a town of North Monroe that lets both municipalities decide their futures. Wieder, who is former vice president and president of the East Ramapo school board, said the courts should decide — they have so far ruled in favor of the annexation.
The 98th Assembly district includes parts of the villages of Spring Valley, Montebello, Wesley Hills, Monsey and Kaser, and all of the village of Sloatsburg, as well as the Orange County towns of Monroe, Tuxedo, Warwick, Minisink, Greenville and Deerpark.