Mario Biaggi, whose congressional career ended last month after he was convicted of racketeering, saw his political career end with a defeat in the Democratic primary he said he did not want to win.
New York voters Thursday gave two other prominent politicians tainted by political scandal the chance to remain in office as they seek to clear their names.State Senate Minority Leader Manfred Ohrenstein and Rep. Robert Garcia both survived Democratic primary challenges in districts where winning the primary is tantamount to election.
Biaggi, who had quit his seat after his conviction in the Wedtech scandal, was still given a good chance because of his popularity. But the voters turned instead to state Assemblyman Eliot Engel.
With 97 percent of the vote counted, Engel had 12,831 votes, or 50 percent, to 6,538, or 25 percent, for former state Assemblyman Vincent Marchiselli and 6,405, or 25 percent, for Biaggi.