The first “Russian” senator

The state Senate  seated Republican David Storobin as the 14-vote victor over Democrat Lew Fidler in a special election in Brooklyn. The vote took place March 20, and the Board of Elections managed to complete the counts and recounts only by the end of May 2012

David Storobin with his mom. Evening after election. March, 20 . Photo: Ilya Galak

NT Times:

Published: March 21, 2012

Both Sides Declare Victory in Bumpy Race for a Brooklyn Senate Seat

Wackiness turned to nastiness and back again in the short but bitter special election in South Brooklyn to replace a state senator who had pleaded guilty to corruption charges. But the biggest twist of the race was its outcome — or lack thereof when election night ended.

With all precincts reporting, according to unofficial results received by the New York City Board of Elections, the Republican upstart candidate, David Storobin, 33, held a tenuous 120-vote lead over Lewis A. Fidler, 55, the Democratic city councilman, for the 27th District seat. But there were still at least 757 paper ballots outstanding, and those would not be counted until next Tuesday, said Valerie Vazquez, a spokeswoman for the board of elections. The entire legal process, which also will include a random audit and the counting of emergency ballots, could take at least 10 days.

NT Times:

Published: May 31, 2012

David Storobin’s journey from his birth in the former Soviet Union to his becoming a lawyer in Brooklyn was no easy one. His election to the New York State Senate was not a short trip, either.

On Thursday, 72 days after the voting, a hand recount resulting from the contested March 20 special election gave Mr. Storobin, 33, a neophyte Republican candidate in what had been a Democratic stronghold in South Brooklyn, an unofficial 16-vote margin of victory, he said.

The campaign manager for his Democratic opponent, the three-term city councilman Lewis A. Fidler, had the margin at 14, out of more than 22,000 votes, but that was enough for Mr. Fidler to concede. A New York City Board of Elections spokeswoman said the board would not certify the election until Tuesday.

“It’s really very exciting,” Mr. Storobin said Thursday. “Not only as the first Republican to win in a long time, but as the first Russian-American, and as a Russian Jew, knowing that I could never do much in the Soviet Union.”

Daily News:

Published: May 31, 2012

When David Storobin was a boy growing up in Russia, his mother encouraged him to learn two things: Fractions and English. He balked. Why would he ever need either?

But after having just had his opponent concede in a historically tight (and very ugly) New York state Senate race where every percentage point really did matter, Storobin, 33, agrees Mom’s advice paid off.

“I’m very relieved, very excited, ready to do some stuff,” Storobin told me in a phone interview moments ago. “I know not a lot of time is left in this session, but I’d like to actually get my hands dirty and roll up the sleeves and get things done.”

Although the race was the cliffhanger to beat all cliffhangers — resulting in the trigger of the first-ever manual recount of its kind — Storobin, a family lawyer, insists he had faith he’d win (if not by much): “We always knew we were going to pull off a very close victory.”

Supporters. Evening after election. March, 20

Statement by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos on David Storobin’s Victory

Now that all of the votes have been counted and a mandatory recount has taken place, I want to extend my congratulations to David Storobin on his long-awaited victory in the special election for the 27th Senate District.  This victory is a credit to the grass-roots campaign he ran and shows that Brooklyn residents are ready to make a fresh, new start.

I expect David to be a strong voice on their behalf and our partner in controlling spending, reducing taxes and helping businesses create new jobs.

I know that Senator-elect Storobin will be a valuable addition to the New York State Senate, and I welcome him to our chamber.

Senator David Storobin’s Swearing In on the New York State Senate Floor – 06/04/12


Senator David Storobin (R) is serving his first term in the New York State Senate, representing parts of Brooklyn in the 27th District.

At the age of 12, David moved to the United States with his mother from Russia. Like so many other immigrants, David’s mother sacrificed everything for the opportunity to provide a better life for her son. At a time when the Soviet Union was collapsing, she maintained a firm belief in the American Dream, and taught David how the strong values of hard work, education and dedication to family and community could lead to success.

These values helped David reach Rutgers University School of Law where, despite being the youngest student in his class, he became the President of the Jewish Law Students Association. After graduation, David started his own law firm at the age of 25 and built it from the bottom up; from working out of a friend’s office to having two offices of his own where he is able to provide jobs for a number of people.

Living the American Dream, David knows the importance of giving back to ones community. Without the sacrifices of his mother, or the help they received from countless others in their community, David would not have been able to make it to where he is today. That is why  he is such an active member in the community. Serving on the Board of Directors of the American Jewish Committee (NY Chapter) and on the Board of Governors of the Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Celebration Commission, David is a tireless voice not only for the American Jewish Community, but for the amazing opportunities that only America can provide.

It’s this desire to ‘pay it forward’ that led David to politics. Serving as the Vice-Chair of the Kings County Republican Party and now in the State Senate, David is working hard to ensure that others can repeat his success story.

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