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Councilwoman Brewer Wins Nomination For Manhattan Borough President

Former Councilwoman Melinda Katz Wins For Dems In Queens
Gale Brewer

City council member Gale A. Brewer attends the ribbon cutting ceremony at the grand opening of the Upper West Side’s Century 21 department store on September 21, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-6th) emerged victorious Tuesday in the race for Manhattan borough president.

With 98 percent of the precincts reporting, Brewer won 40 percent of the vote – topping fellow Councilwoman Jessica Lappin (D-5th), who came in with 24 percent; Councilman Robert Jackson (D-7th) with 19 percent, and former Manhattan Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin with 17 percent.

Brewer will be up against Republican David Casavis in the general election in November. Current Borough President Scott Stringer won the nomination for city Comptroller Tuesday.

On her campaign site, Brewer said she has fought as a Councilmember to maintain and increase affordable housing, small businesses, and services for seniors and people with disabilities.

She also noted her work to pass an Open Data law for the city as chair of the City Council Technology and Government Committee.

In the Democratic race for Bronx borough president, incumbent Ruben Diaz easily defeated business owner Mark Escoffery-Bey, with 84 percent of the vote compared to Escoffery-Bey’s 16 percent.

Among the democrats for Queens borough president, attorney and former City Councilwoman Melinda Katz won with 44 percent of the vote, compared with 34 percent for Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-22nd), 13 percent for real estate developer Everly Brown, and 9 percent for state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens.)

Avella remained on the ballot even though he withdrew from the race to seek reelection to his state Senate seat, according to published reports.

Katz will face Republican Aurelio Arcabascio is the general election.

Three candidates ran unopposed for Staten Island borough president. Republican City Councilman James Oddo (R-50th) is the favorite in the general election against Democrat Louis Liedy and Green Party candidate Henry Bardel.

State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) ran unopposed for Brooklyn borough president, and faces no competitors in the general election.

Current Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro, cannot run for reelection due to term limits.

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