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Board of Elections releases ranked-choice voting calculations for
BY ZACHARY GEWELB
The city’s Board of Elections (BOE) on Tuesday
night, July 6, released updated results from its preliminary
ranked-choice voting (RCV) calculations
for the Queens borough president race and local
City Council contests.
Results had been expected to be released earlier
in the week, but following tabulation errors in the
mayoral race, the BOE elected to hold off on revealing
results for the local races.
According to the newly released results for the
borough president race, incumbent Donovan Richards
currently holds the top spot with 50.3 percent
of the vote (92,149 votes) after three rounds of RCV
counting. Challenger Elizabeth Crowley, the former
District 30 councilwoman, sits in second place with
49.7 percent of the vote (91,105 votes).
Results are not yet official — the BOE expects to
have certified results by July 12.
Richards released a statement Tuesday night celebrating
his apparent victory.
“I am honored that the voters have placed their
faith in me to continue our Queens comeback,”
Richards said. “Our team has done so much in
just over 150 days in office, opening an immigrant
welcome center at Borough Hall, breaking ground
on new units of real affordable housing, diversifying
our Community Boards, and helping our small
businesses. We’re ready to get back to work and
build a Queens that works for everyone. I would
like to thank everyone on my team for their incredible
effort on this campaign, especially our devoted
campaign staff and volunteers. If you made a call,
knocked on a door, or sent a text — you made this
happen! Let’s celebrate this victory and then, let’s
get to work!”
Meanwhile, after the BOE had released updated
results on Friday, July 2, Crowley’s campaign had
remained “optimistic as the Board of Elections
continues to count ballots from throughout the borough.”
“We believe that when all the absentees are
counted, and the final RCV rounds are tabulated,
we will be the campaign with the most votes,”
campaign spokesperson Graham Nolen had said.
Crowely’s campaign could not immediately be
reached for comment Tuesday night.
In addition to the borough president race, the
BOE released preliminary results for all of the City
Council races in Queens.
See the unofficial results below.
City Council District 19 (Auburndale, Bay Terrace,
Bayside, Beechhurst, College Point, Douglaston,
Flushing, Little Neck, Malba and Whitestone)
Tony Avella currently holds the top spot among
Democratic candidates, having received 54.7 percent
of the votes (6,427 votes) following four rounds
of RCV counting. Richard J. Lee finished in second
with 45.3 percent of the vote (5,312 votes).
Other candidates include Adriana Aviles, Nabaraj
KC, Austin Shafran and Francis E. Spangenberg.
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Donovan Richards (l.) is poised to defeat challenger Elizabeth Crowley in the Democratic primary for Queens
borough president. Photos courtesy of Richards’ and Crowley’s campaigns
As for the Republican primary, Vickie Paladino
secured 51.6 percent of the vote (1,765 votes). John-
Alexander Sakelos trailed with 47 percent of the
Because Paladino secured more than 50 percent
of the vote, a ranked-choice voting recount was not
triggered in this race.
Absentee ballots still must be counted before the
results can be certified.
City Council District 20 (Downtown Flushing, Murray
Hill, Queensboro Hill)
Sandra Ung currently holds the top spot among
Democratic candidates, having received 55.2 percent
of the votes (4,202 votes) following eight rounds of
RCV counting. Ellen Young finished in second with
44.8 percent of the vote (3,405 votes). Other candidates
include Hailing Chen, John Choe, Anthony Mirandal,
Neng Wang, Ming-Kang Low and Dao Yin.
City Council District 21 (East Elmhurst, Jackson
Heights, LeFrak City and Corona)
Incumbent Francisco Moya had declared victory
in the June 22 primary election after securing more
than 50 percent of vote, according to unofficial results
from the Board of Elections.
As of July 6, Moya garnered 51.6 percent of the
vote (3,532 votes), while his opponents — Ingrid Gomez
(18.2 percent of the votes), David Aiken (16.3 percent),
George Unuorah (7.0 percent) and Talea Wufka
(6.4 percent) — did not secure enough votes to trigger
a ranked-choice voting recount.
City Council District 22 (Astoria, Rikers Island, parts
of Jackson Heights, Woodside and East Elmhurst)
Tiffany Cabán currently holds the top spot among
Democratic candidates after securing 62.6 percent of
the vote (9,085 votes) following three rounds of RCV
counting. Evie Hantzopoulos finished second with
37.5 percent of the vote (5,423 votes).
Other candidates include Leonardo Bullaro, John
J. Ciafone, Catherina Gioino and Nicholas Velkov.
City Council District 23 (Bayside, Queens, Bellerose,
Douglaston, Floral Park, Fresh Meadows, Glen Oaks,
Hollis, Hollis Hills, Holliswood, Jamaica Estates, Little
Neck Oakland Gardens and Queens Village)
Linda Lee currently holds the top spot among
Democratic candidates after receiving 54.5 percent
of the vote (7,170 votes) following five rounds of RCV
counting. Jaslin Kaur finished second with 45.5 percent
of the vote (5,991 votes). Other candidates include
Steve Behar, Sanjeev Kumar Jindal, Debra Markell,
Harpreet Singh Toor and Koshy O. Thomas.
James F. Reilly currently holds the top spot among
Republican candidates after receiving 66.5 percent of
the vote (1,040). Alex Amoroso is in second place with
29.5 percent of the vote (461 votes). Because Reilly
secured more than 50 percent of the vote, a rankedchoice
voting recount was not triggered in this race.
City Council District 24 (Kew Gardens Hills, Pomonok,
Electchester, Fresh Meadows, Hillcrest, Jamaica
Estates, Briarwood, Parkway Village, Jamaica Hills,
After winning a special election earlier this year
to represent Council District 24, Democratic incumbent
James Gennaro took the lead in the June 22 primary
race, having secured 60 percent of the vote, according
to unofficial results from the New York City
Board of Elections. Gennaro collected 60.1 percent of
the vote (8,058 votes), according to the updated numbers
released by the BOE.
Other Democratic candidates in the race include
Moumita Ahmed (22.5 percent of the vote), Saifur
Khan (8.6 percent of the vote) and Mohammed Uddin
(8.4 percent of the vote). Because Gennaro secured
more than 50 percent of the vote, a ranked-choice voting
recount was not triggered in this race.
As for the Republican primary, Timothy Rosen secured
59.2 percent of the vote (478 votes), according to
BOE’s updated results. Angelo King trailed with 36.2
percent of the vote.
Because Rosen secured more than 50 percent of
the vote, a ranked-choice voting recount was not triggered
in this race.
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