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BOE releases ranked-choice voting calculations
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) aft er 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 offi cial — the BOE expects to
have certifi ed 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 offi ce, opening an immigrant welcome
center at Borough Hall, breaking ground on new
units of real aff ordable 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
eff ort 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, aft er 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
“We believe that when all the absentees are
counted, and the fi nal 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 unoffi cial results below.
CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 19
(AUBURNDALE, BAY TERRACE,
BAYSIDE, BEECHHURST, COLLEGE
POINT, DOUGLASTON, FLUSHING,
LITTLE NECK, MALBA AND
Tony Avella currently holds the top spot among
Donovan Richards (l.) leads Elizabeth Crowley in the race for Queens borough president.
Photos courtesy of Richards’ and Crowley’s campaign
Democratic candidates, having received 54.7 percent
of the votes (6,427 votes) following four rounds of
RCV counting. Richard J. Lee fi nished 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.
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 vote.
Because Paladino secured more than 50 percent of
the vote, a ranked-choice voting recount was not
triggered in this race.
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 fi nished 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 aft er securing more
than 50 percent of vote, according to unoffi cial 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 Wufk a (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)
Tiff any Cabán currently holds the top spot among
Democratic candidates aft er securing 62.6 percent
of the vote (9,085 votes) following three rounds of
RCV counting. Evie Hantzopoulos fi nished 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 aft er receiving 54.5 percent
of the vote (7,170 votes) following fi ve rounds of
RCV counting. Jaslin Kaur fi nished 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
James F. Reilly currently holds the top spot among
Republican candidates aft er 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
ranked-choice voting recount was not triggered in
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