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DA recount update: Cabán holds in East Elmhurst assembly district
BY MARK HALLUM
Public defender Tiff any Cabán held
onto her strong lead in one assembly district
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as the recount moved forward in the
Queens district attorney Democratic primary.
Cabán is battling for superiority over
Borough President Melinda Katz in an
incredibly tight race: the two were just 16
votes apart before the recount.
On Tuesday, July 23, the Board of
Elections tallied the numbers from the
34th Assembly District, represented by
Assemblyman Michael DenDekker. At
the end of the June 25 primary, Borough
President Melinda Katz had walked away
from the 34th Assembly District with
1,275 votes to Cabán’s 2,932 — meaning
Cabán had a lead of 1,657 votes in
Aft er Tuesday’s tally, Cabán’s votes now
total 2,998, with Katz’s count at 1,346.
Now, Cabán’s lead in the AD is 1,652.
Th is tightens the margin by only fi ve
As of Tuesday night, the BOE was
counting the 33rd, 34th and 36th assembly
districts with only the 37th and 38th
left to go. Th e recount is expected to be
fi nished by Th ursday.
Cabán’s popularity in the 34th AD could
signal the continued shift toward more
progressive voices as opposed to the standard
Democratic Party which Melinda
Katz has come to represent, with backing
from the Queens Democratic Party
Th e results of the district attorney primary
race could shed light on the political
leanings of Democrats in this specifi c
assembly district, as DenDekker is set to
be up against a progressive primary opponent
for his Assembly seat in 2020. With
Jessica González-Rojas recently fi ling
paperwork with the Board of Elections,
DenDekker is among the growing list of
incumbents getting challenges from the
Filing under a Jackson Heights P.O.
box, González-Rojas plans to step into
the spotlight from her position with the
National Latina Institute for Reproductive
Health (NLIRH), for which she serves as
the executive director, into the 2020 race.
González-Rojas will not be a total
unknown to voters, having served on the
state Democratic Committee for the 39th
Assembly District from 2002 to 2006.
She has also been a community liaison
for Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez,
according to her bio on the NLIRH website.
González-Rojas’ run will not be made
offi cial, however, until petition signatures
are collected from throughout her district
and submitted to the BOE before a
DenDekker has an established track
record as an elected offi cial serving
Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and part
of Woodside. Before he was elected in
2008, DenDekker served as a member of
Community Board 3.
González-Rojas’ challenge comes amid
a sweep at the state and federal level of
mainstream Democrats by progressives
in the style of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Since Ocasio-Cortez unseated
then-Congressman Joe Crowley in June
2018, open season has been declared
on members of the Queens County
Even the new chair of Queens
Democratic machine, Congressman
Gregory Meeks, is facing a primary from
Democratic Socialist and former Ocasio-
Cortez staff er, Shaniyat Chowdhury.
Photo: Mark Hallum/QNS