“Retired Judge Thomas Walsh rode a powerful wave of Ramapo’s Orthodox Jewish votes to win Tuesday’s Democratic Party primary for district attorney, establishing him as the favorite to win in November with the Democrat, Republican and Conservative ballot lines.
Walsh garnered 8,900 total votes amid low turnout, according to unofficial returns on the Rockland Board of Elections website, with election watchers estimating 6,000 of those votes came from districts in Ramapo’s Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish neighborhoods.
Walsh won roughly two dozen election districts in New Square, Kaser, and parts of Monsey. His victory margins over his nearest competitor, Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski, included routes of 160-3, 115-0, 108-1, 164-1, 304-0, 422-0, and 519-1 in several of those election districts, according to the Board of Elections results.
Zebrowski conceded his record on issues opposed by the religious community led to his defeat and Walsh’s overwhelming victory. He cited his opposition to a New Square slaughterhouse, his advocacy for East Ramapo public school students, a district monitor, secular education for yeshiva students, and advocacy for tougher enforcement of zoning and fire safety regulations.
“I didn’t shy away from my record and knew we would not get their support,” Zebrowski said Wednesday. “In a race like this with four candidates and a low turnout, we knew the dynamics of the race. We didn’t get the votes.”
Zebrowski said he hadn’t decided whether he would continue campaigning as a candidate on the Working Families Party line on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The Republican Party hierarchy has in the past run campaigns against Democrats deemed to cater to the bloc vote and get the religious community’s support. GOP Chairman Lawrence Garvey didn’t respond to a request for comment on Walsh’s primary victory.”
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