NEW YORK (AP) — Maritza Davila has been elected to the New York Assembly seat formerly held by Vito Lopez, the once-powerful Brooklyn politician who resigned last spring amid allegations that he sexually harassed women on his staff.
Davila, a Democrat and community activist, was essentially running unopposed in Brooklyn's 53rd Assembly District.
Her main opponent in the Democratic primary, Jason Otano, appeared on the ballot as the Working Family Party candidate, but he didn't campaign in the general election. There was no Republican candidate.
Lopez quit the legislature rather than face expulsion proceedings. He endorsed Davila as his successor. She had worked for his nonprofit group, the Ridgewood Bushwick Senior Citizens Council.