Adams makes history to take Wills seat, Miller re-elected

By Naeisha Rose

Adrienne Adams made history as the first woman to become the City Council member for the Jamaica seat in a three-way general election. The position became vacant after former Councilman Ruben Wills was found guilty of corruption and was sent to prison.

In St. Albans City Councilman I. Daneek Miller retained his position after defeating two opponents.

With 96 percent of the votes counted, Adams, the former chairwoman of Community Board 12, won 86 percent, according to unofficial results from the WNYC site.

Miller, won his second term with 95 percent of the votes cast, while Republican Rupert Green got 2.7 percent and Green Party candidate Frank Francois,

When the results came in for the Sept. 12 primary, Adams nabbed the Democratic ticket in District 28 after beating out candidates Hettie Powell, a public defender, and public sector worker Richard David, to become the nominee for the party.

This time she did it again Tuesday against Republican candidate Ivan Mossop, a tax accountant who had 5.8 percent of the votes. She also beat Powell once more to distinguish herself as the first woman to represent Rochdale, South Ozone Park and parts of Jamaica in the City Council. Powell who is now on the Working Families Party had 8.4 percent of the vote.

During the primary nearly two months ago Miller only faced down Anthony Rivers, a retired U.S. Marine and retired police lieutenant. In Tuesday’s general election he had to battle it out against Republican Green and Green Party contender Francois.

As the councilman for District 27 Miller will continue to represent residents who live in Cambria Heights, Hollis, Springfield Gardens and more neighborhoods in southeast Queens.

Both victors planned to celebrate their triumph at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center with Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway), who was unopposed in his district.

Reach reporter Naeisha Rose by e-mail at nrose@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

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