Richards holds small lead in Queens BP race as Trump helps Fossella win over SI

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Queens Borough President Donovan Richards fought to keep his job in a too close-knit battle on Tuesday night, while former Rep. Vito Fossella got help from Trumpian to win the GOP title for the highest post on Staten Island.

Results released by the city’s Election Council on Tuesday, which now include a preliminary count of mail-in ballots, showed tight races in Staten Island and Queens, while contests elsewhere appeared to be settled.

Council member Steven Matteo conceded Tuesday to Fossella, who garnered 50.8% of the Republican vote, in the primary tally which for the first time included the bulk of the postal ballots cast in the primary.

“Unfortunately, while it was extremely close, it became clear that the lead Vito Fossella has accumulated with the postal ballots is insurmountable and he will be the Republican candidate for the presidency of the arrondissement,” said Matteo, with limited mandate, in a press release. . “I want to congratulate him on a hard-fought election. “

Board member Steven Matteo speaks on Staten Island, February 2, 2019.
John McCarten / New York City Council

The Staten Island Republican primary was the only contest in town in which mail-in ballots gave a previously runner-up candidate a finish from behind in the July 6 tally.

In the borough’s Democratic contest, Mark Murphy’s lead officially became insurmountable as the real estate agent took the lead with 65% of the Democratic vote.

“Our campaign has shown that a genuine local effort can make inroads here without a political last name or institutional backing,” said Lorraine Honor, an activist and wine shop owner who lost to Murphy with 35% of the vote. “I hope Mark Murphy continues to run hard and that we elect a Democrat for mayor in November.”

Fossella was backed by former President Donald Trump, who congratulated him in a report Tuesday night, encouraging him “to victory over a radical left Democrat,” referring to Murphy, a moderate backed by the county party.

“Vito will represent the greatest people on Earth, and he will never let you down,” said the former president. “I love Staten Island!”

Telling Horizon in Queens?

In Queens, Richards was fighting former board member Elizabeth Crowley, which he led by a slim 50.3% to 49.7% margin.

Richards just won the seat in a special election last year. On Tuesday evening he said he was “honored that voters have placed their trust in me to continue our return to Queens”.

“We are ready to get back to work and build a Queens that works for everyone,” he said in a statement.

Through a campaign spokesperson, Crowley declined to comment on race totals on Tuesday night.

The difference between Richards and Crowley is only 1,044 votes, or about 0.53% of the total 195,467 votes cast in the race. It’s only a hair’s breadth away for an automatic hand recount in the contest. If in the final official count the difference between the former and the latter falls below 0.5%, state law requires the BOE to perform a manual recount.

It may take at least a week for the results to become clearer. The counts released Tuesday by the BOE do not include nearly 3,699 so-called “unprocessed” ballots, which are ballots cast with certain types of errors – such as an unsigned ballot envelope – that voters have. the possibility of correcting before July 9.

For most urban races, the remaining ballots are unlikely to tip the scales.

In the other three boroughs, the winners were much clearer.

Sunday concession

In Manhattan, the race was over before Tuesday’s results were announced.

The second, State Senator Brad Hoylman, conceded a message of thanks to his campaign team on Sunday – and congratulations to council member Mark Levine, who held a sizable lead with 53.7% of the vote in the last count. .

“At this point, it looks like we’ve failed,” Hoyman said in a tweet, “but we’ve had a campaign we’re proud of.”

Bronx first

In the Bronx, Democratic Council member Vanessa Gibson stayed ahead of Council member Fernando Cabrera with 53.5% of the last vote count.

With mail-in votes in play, Gibson’s lead over Cabrera has increased slightly. His colleague on the Council obtained 46.5% of the vote.

Bronx City Council Member Vanessa Gibson speaks about promoting healthy eating on April 14, 2021.

Board Member Vanessa Gibson
Jeff Reed / New York City Council

The winner of the Democratic primary would almost certainly win the November general election to replace Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in the very Blue Bronx County.

Gibson would be the first woman to become president of the Bronx Borough and the first non-Latino candidate to hold the post since the 1970s.

Reynoso is holding on

The Brooklyn Borough presidential race appeared to end with a decisive victory for Bushwick City Council member Antonio Reynoso.

Reynoso maintained his lead in the Brooklyn Borough’s 12 run for president after Tuesday’s poll. He got 54.8% of the vote, well ahead of the 45.2% of Assembly member Jo Anne Simon, who represents Brooklyn Heights and Carroll Gardens.

Bedford-Stuyvesant board member Robert Cornegy won 29.5% of the vote before being eliminated in the tenth round of the ranked choice vote.

Simon conceded shortly after the BOE released its new vote totals on Tuesday night, saying “it’s clear” that Reynoso “will be the next Brooklyn BP”

“, tweeted. “I look forward to working with you to recover and build a post-COVID Brooklyn for everyone.”

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