While the majority of primary winners are Democrats who will not have challengers in the fall, Republican and third-party candidates are running in a handful of races, including the Staten Island borough president’s election and Council contests in Districts 15,19, 23, 24, 32 and 50.
The city Board of Elections voted Tuesday to certify almost all of the returns in the June 22 primary elections, including the races for mayor, public advocate, and comptroller.
But BOE officials say hand recounts are legally necessary in two City Council primaries—the Democratic race in Council District 9 and the Republican contest in 50th District. In both races, the final margin of victory was less than 0.5 percent, which mandates a recount under New York election law, according to the BOE.
It’s not clear yet when results from both races will be certified, a BOE spokesperson told City Limits on Tuesday. In Harlem’s District 9, incumbent Councilmember Bill Perkins is facing a challenge from artist and activist Kristin Richardson Jordan. In District 50 on Staten Island, David Carr, chief of staff to the current Councilmember Steven Matteo, is neck-and-neck against former Marine Marko Kepi.
Ahead of the November general election, the slate of primary victors is one of the most diverse ever: For the first time, a woman, Councilmember Vanessa Gibson, will likely be borough president in the Bronx. She would also be the first Black person elected to the role.
Similar “firsts” could take place at the Council level, where women will very likely hold a majority of Council seats after the general elections. Voters are likely to elect the first Muslim woman to the Council in November: Shahana Hanif, who won the Democratic primary in Brooklyn’s District 39. And Crystal Hudson, victor in the competitive Democratic primary contest in incumbent Laurie Cumbo’s Crown Heights district, has a very strong chance of becoming the first openly gay Black woman to be elected to the City Council.
While the majority of primary winners are Democrats who are not facing challenges in the fall, Republican and third-party candidates are running in a handful of races, including the Staten Island borough president’s election and Council contests in Districts 15,19, 23, 24, 32 and 50.
Primary winners below.
Eric Adams (Democratic); Curtis Sliwa (Republican)
Jumaane Williams (D)
Brad Lander (D)
Bronx Borough President
Vanessa L. Gibson (D)
Brooklyn Borough President
Antonio Reynoso (D)
Manhattan Borough President
Mark D. Levine (D)
Queens Borough President
Donovan J. Richards Jr. (D)
Staten Island Borough President
Mark S. Murphy (D); Vito Fossella (R)
Need more info? Read our prior coverage of the Council races below in the “Council Countdown” series, a collaboration between City Limits, City & State, the Queens Daily Eagle, and Gotham Gazette.
1st Council District: Christopher Marte (D)
2nd Council District: Carlina Rivera (D)
3rd Council District: Erik D. Bottcher (D)
5th Council District: Julie Menin (D)
6th Council District: Gale A. Brewer (D)
7th Council District: Shaun Abreu (D)
8th Council District: Diana Ayala (D)
10th Council District: Carmen N. De La Rosa (D)
11th Council District: Eric Dinowitz (D)
12th Council District: Kevin Riley (D)
13th Council District: Marjorie Velazquez (D)
14th Council District: Pierina Ana Sanchez (D)
15th Council District: Oswald Feliz (D); Ariel Rivera-Diaz (R)
16th Council District: Althea V. Stevens (D)
17th Council District: Rafael Salamanca Jr. (D)
18th Council District: Amanda Farias (D)
19th Council District: Tony Avella (D); Vickie Paladino (R); John-Alexander Sakelos (Conservative)
20th Council District: Sandra Ung (D)
21st Council District: Francisco P. Moya (D)
22nd Council District: Tiffany Cabán (D)
23rd Council District: Linda Lee (D); James F. Reilly (R)
24th Council District: James F. Gennaro (D); Timothy Rosen (R)
25th Council District: Shekar Krishnan (D)
26th Council District: Julie Won (D)
27th Council District: Nantasha M. Williams (D)
28th Council District: Adrienne E. Adams (D)
29th Council District: Lynn C. Schulman (D)
30th Council District: Robert F. Holden (D)
31st Council District: Selvena Brooks-Powers (D)
32nd Council District: Felicia Singh (D); Joann Ariola (R)
33rd Council District: Lincoln Restler (D)
34th Council District: Jennifer Gutierrez (D)
35th Council District: Crystal Hudson (D)
36th Council District: Chi A. Ossé (D)
37th Council District: Sandy Nurse (D)
38th Council District: Alexa Avilés (D)
39th Council District: Shahana K. Hanif (D)
40th Council District: Rita C. Joseph (D)
41st Council District: Darlene Mealy (D)
42nd Council District: Charles Barron (D)
45th Council District: Farah N. Louis (D)
46th Council District: Mercedes Narcisse (D)
47th Council District: Ari Kagan (D)
48th Council District: Steven Saperstein (D)
49th Council District: Kamillah Hanks (D)
50th Council District: The BOE said on Tuesday that the competitive Republican primary for the 50th Council District on Staten Island will be subject to a recount.
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