The absentee ballots are in. With nearly 8,500 more votes, Eric Adams, currently Brooklyn Borough President, was declared winner of the Democratic primary by The Associated Press and other outlets on Tuesday night and will turn his sights to the November general election in which he will face off against the Republican primary winner, Curtis Sliwa.
The Adams win was a squeaker as he edged out Kathryn Garcia by just 1% after Ranked Choice voting and mail-in ballots were calculated. Garcia, on Wednesday morning conceded after initially saying she was seeking “additional clarity” on the number of votes that remain uncounted. With the Board of Elections bungling the initial vote tally, few could take issue with Garcia’s initial position. In New York State, a manual recount is ordered if the difference is less than 0.5 percent.
With Ranked Choice in place for the first-time on a city-wide basis, Adams and Garcia were the top choices of many on the Rockaway peninsula from Far Rockaway to Breezy Point in the primary held on June 23.
Adams, who was endorsed by State Senator Joe Addabbo and State Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer Amato on a visit to Rockaway Park, also received backing from Queens Borough President Donovan Richards. Adams, a former police captain, opposed the “defund the police” movement and said on the campaign trail: “We’re not going to recover as a city if we turn back time and see an increase in violence, particularly gun violence.”
On Tuesday, declaring victory Adams tweeted, “I grew up poor in Brooklyn & Queens. I wore a bulletproof vest to keep my neighbors safe. I served my community as a State Senator & Brooklyn Borough President. And I'm honored to be the Democratic nominee to be the Mayor of the city I've always called home. Thank you, New York!”
Donovan Richards also declared victory over Elizabeth Crowley in the Queens Borough President’s race. In a tweet, he said “We won!!!” but then directed some shots at Crowley.
“@ElizCrowleyNYC told me she would win because BLM would die? What’s good now?”
This was followed by “We beat your racist ass.” In another tweet, he said Crowley had asked for a Deputy Borough President job before starting her campaign. “You couldn’t force me to make you a deb bp. I stand on principle.”
In the City Council race, District 32, Felicia Singh moved closer to victory with 441 votes over Mike Scala. While she didn’t declare victory by press time, Singh thanked supporters on Twitter for their congratulations on her likely win. The official winner will face Joann Ariola, who won the June 23 Republican primary.
Affidavit ballots and ballots that can be cured remain outstanding. The Board of Elections is expected to issue certified results of races next week.
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