DemDaily: New York: Final Election Results!

July 7, 2021

The results are finally in from New York's June 22nd primary, crowning the next New York City Mayor, along with other municipal and local elected officials across the state.

New York, New York
In the Democratic primary for Mayor, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams narrowly defeated former NYC Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia, 50.5% to 49.5%, or approximately 8,426 votes, after the final round of ranked-choice voting tabulations.

Imminent NYC Mayor Eric Adams (Boston Globe)

The city's new ranked-choice election system experienced a rough test run marred by mistakes by the state Board of Elections, which has long come under scrutiny for its capacity to handle elections in the country's largest city.

While the errors, most notably the mistaken inclusion of 135,000 fake test ballots in the June 29th count, left the door open to legal disputes, it is unclear whether Garcia and third-place finisher Maya Wiley will challenge the results.

Adams, 60, who also served in the State Senate for four terms, and previously as a Captain on the NYC police force, is poised to become the Big Apple's second Black mayor.

Adams will face Guardian Angels founder & radio talk show host Curtis Silwa, the GOP nominee, in the general election. In the true blue city, however, the Democratic nominee is the presumptive general election winner.

In the other citywide contests, incumbent Public Advocate Jumaane Williams handily won the Democratic nomination election night with 71% of the vote to primary challenger Anthony Herbert's 22%. He is expected to sweep the general election against Republican Devi Nampiaparampil.

In the competitive primary contest for City Comptroller, City Council member Brad Lander prevailed over City Council Speaker Cory Johnson, 51.9% to 48.1%. Lander will face Republican Daby Carreras in the general.

Brad Lander, Dem nominee for Comptroller, was endorsed by AOC (Gili Getz)

The Counties & Boroughs
Each of New York City's five counties, which are coextensive with its five boroughs, also held its own elections for borough president, city council, district attorney, surrogate court judge, civil court judges, judicial convention delegates, district leaders and/or state committee.

In the Manhattan District Attorney's race, with 84% reporting, state prosecutor Alvin Bragg was declared the winner with 33.9% to former federal prosecutor and self-funder Tali Farhadian Weinstein's 30.5%, followed by six other candidates.

Bragg is the odds on favorite to defeat Republican Thomas Kenniff in the general, which would make Bragg the first African American to hold the job.

Borough Council President results
Manhattan: Mark Levine 53.7% v. Brad Holyman 46.3%
The Bronx: Vanessa Gibson 53.5% v. Fernando Cabrera 46.5%
Brooklyn: Antonio Reynoso 54.8% v. Jo Anne Simon 45.2%
Queens: Donovan Richards 50.3% v. Elizabeth Crowley 49.7%
Staten Island: Mark Murphy 65% v. Lorraine Honor 35%

See Full Election Results

Bey faces a competitive general election in Syracuse (Bey campaign)

Other Counties & Cities
In Albany, two-term Mayor Kathy Sheehan easily fended off a primary challenge by Valerie Faust, 65% to 35%. She will face GOP nominee Alicia Purdy in the general election.

In Buffalo, Community activist and registered nurse India Walton defeated four-term Mayor Byron Brown 51% to 46%. Lone Republican Ross Kostecky withdrew before the GOP primary, so Walton will become Buffalo's first female, and first Socialist, mayor.

The Rochester Mayoral primary also witnessed an upset, with City Council member Malik Evans unseating embattled two-term Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren 66% to 34%. Evans is unopposed in the general.

In Syracuse, President Pro Tempore of the Common Council Khalid Bey barely edged out fellow Councilor Michael Greene 50.3% to 49.7% in the Democratic Primary. Bey faces a competitive general election against first-term Independent Mayor Ben Walsh and Republican Janet Burman.

DemDaily: On The Ballot: New York 6/17/21

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Sources: New York Board of Elections, New York Times, NY1, CityandStateNY

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