In City Council District 21, incumbent and Democrat Julissa Ferreras ran unopposed and will retain her seat in western Queens. Ferreras, who first won the seat in a special election after then-City Councilmember Hiram Monserrate was elected to the State Senate, defeated Jackson Heights businessperson Eduardo Giraldo in the Democratic primary in September.
In City Council District 24, incumbent Democrat James Gennaro retained the seat he has held for the past eight years running unopposed. Gennaro mounted a challenge against Republican State Senator Frank Padavan in November of 2008 only to come up a little short of defeating the long-time Queens Senator.
In City Council District 26, Democrat James Van Bramer defeated Republican Angelo Maragos by a margin of 70 percent to 24 percent. Van Bramer, the former external affairs director for the Queens Library, handily won the Queens Democratic Party and will fill the seat vacated by City Councilmember Eric Gioia, who ran unsuccessfully for Public Advocate.
In City Council District 27, Democratic City Councilmember Leroy Comrie will continue to serve as the representative for southeast Queens. Comrie, who is the Majority Whip and head of the Queens Council delegation, defeated Clyde Vanel in the September Democratic primary.
In City Council District 28, incumbent Democrat Thomas White defeated Ruben Wills, who ran on the Conservative Party line, by a margin of 88 percent to 12 percent. White narrowly defeated Lynn Nunes in the September Democratic primary.
In City Council District 29, former Queens City Councilmember Democrat Karen Koslowitz will return to the Council after she defeated Republican challenger Bartholomew “Bart” Bruno and Working Families candidate Lynn Schulman, 63 percent to 21 and 15 percent respectively. Koslowitz will take over the seat currently held by Melinda Katz, who ran a failed bid for Comptroller.
In City Council District 31, incumbent Democrat James Sanders Jr., staved off a challenge from Republican challenger Scherie S. Murray and earned an 89 to 11 percent victory. Sanders has represented District 31 in the City Council for the past eight years.
For Civil Court Judge – where you go for small claims, landlord-tenant disputes and lawsuits up to $25,000 – Democrats Jodi Orlow Mackoff of Belle Harbor and Richard G. Latin of Queens Village both won uncontested races and will serve a 10-year term.
For State Supreme Court – Democrats Thomas D. Raffaele, Daniel Lewis and Diccia Pineda-Kirwan were elected to the Supreme Court for a 14-year term.