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POLLS CLOSED: BOE releases unofficial election results for races in Queens

Voting booths at the Dayton Tower West polling site in Rockaway Park on Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. (Photo by Paul Frangipane)

Polls are officially closed for the general election, and unofficial results have started to trickle in.

New Yorkers went out to cast their votes during the consequential general election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, which includes voting for who will become the next mayor of New York City — with AP calling the race for Eric Adams shortly after polls closed — as well as other citywide races for comptroller and public advocate. Visit amny.com and politicsny.com for coverage of citywide races.

New Yorkers also voted on five ballot proposals to change some segments of the state’s constitution, including the redistricting process, environmental protections, voting and absentee ballots access and the Civil Court’s function.

The general election didn’t use ranked-choice voting (RCV) this time around, unlike in the competitive primary election.

From Oct. 23 to Oct. 31, 36,456 Queens residents — about 21.5% of 169,879 early voters citywide — took advantage of early voting, according to the unofficial count from the New York City Board of Elections (BOE).

Voter turnout appeared relatively low in poll sites across Queens. However, voters appeared more energetic in some districts, particularly in the more competitive races for City Council District 19 and 32.

In District 19, three candidates — Democratic candidate and former Councilman Tony Avella, Republican candidate Vicki Paladino and Conservative candidate John-Alexander Sakelos — looked to replace term-limited incumbent Councilman Paul Vallone. The district covers the neighborhoods of Auburndale, Bay Terrace, Bayside, Beechhurst, College Point, Douglaston, Flushing, Little Neck, Malba and Whitestone.

At a polling site in Little Neck, some voters appeared to lean toward Paladino, with volunteers still campaigning for her Tuesday afternoon.

In District 32, three candidates — Democratic candidate Felicia Singh, Republican candidate Joann Ariola and Community first candidate Kenichi Wilson — also battled it out to represent the southern Queens area. The district, which has been represented by term-limited Councilman Eric Ulrich, is the only Republican held City Council seat in Queens.

The district covers the neighborhoods of Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, South Ozone Park, West Hamilton Beach and Woodhaven.

Throughout the south Queens district, many voters went out to vote in person and said some of their most important issues include crime and vaccine mandates. Ariola and Singh were also seen campaigning and talking with voters at polling sites.

Queens residents also voted for borough president, having to choose between Democratic incumbent Donovan Richards and Republican candidate Thomas Zmich.

Below you’ll find the preliminary results from the city’s Board of Elections for Queens borough president and local City Council races as of the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Queens borough president

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Donovan Richards (incumbent)

REPUBLICAN/CONSERVATIVE/SAVE OUR CITY CANDIDATE: Thomas Zmich

Richards currently leads Zmich, having secured 65.72% of the votes with 97.72% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s Board of Elections as of the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 3.

Richards thanked his family, colleagues and supporters at his election party held at Vetro Restaurant and Lounge — located at 164-49 Cross Bay Blvd. in Howard Beach — with live entertainment, dinner and a prayer service. 

“We are here to work with everyone because that’s what this borough is about. There are 190 countries represented with over 350 languages and dialects spoken in this borough. We are not building any walls in this county — we are breaking those walls down,” Richards said. “This is not Trump’s town; this is our town. We have work to do ahead of us over the course of the next eight years as borough president.” 

Richards, who was a former city councilman representing the 27th District in southeast Queens, was sworn into office last year following a special election after Melinda Katz became district attorney. He will now serve four years as borough president.

“We started diversifying the community boards, and we are going to finish that. There’s a lot of work to be done. With $70 million in capital funding, we were able to bring that money into every corner of our borough,” Richards said. “Some people may not like it, but we didn’t come here to make friends. We came here to get something done — for the underserved and underprivileged.” 

City Council District 19

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Tony Avella

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE: Vickie Paladino

CONSERVATIVE/SAVE OUR CITY CANDIDATE: John-Alexander Sakelos

Paladino currently leads Avella and Sakelos, having secured 49.72% of the votes with 99% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3. Avella trailed with 42.95% of the votes.

City Council District 20

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Sandra Ung

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE: Yu-Ching Pai

Ung currently leads Pai, having secured 59.44% of the votes with 98.91% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 3.

City Council District 21

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Francisco Moya (incumbent)

Moya, running unopposed, has secured 98.40% of the votes with 94.78% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 22

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Tiffany Cabán

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE: Felicia Kalan

GREEN PARTY: Edwin DeJesus

Cabán currently leads Kalan and DeJesus, having secured 62.79% of the votes with 97.48% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 23

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Linda Lee

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE: James F. Reilly

Lee currently leads Reilly, having secured 63.42% of the votes with 96.43% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 24

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: James F. Gennaro (incumbent)

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE: Timothy Rosen

CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATEMujib U. Rahman

Gennaro currently leads Rosen and Rahman, having secured 71.49% of the votes with 96.49% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 25

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Shekar Krishnan

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE: Shah Shahidul Haque

DIVERSITY CANDIDATE: Fatima Baryab

Krishnan currently leads Haque and Baryab, having secured 60.49% of the votes with 95.15% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 26

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Julie Won

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE: Marvin R. Jeffcoat

Won currently leads Jeffcoat, having secured 76.83% of the votes with 98.50% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 27

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Nantasha Williams

Williams, running unopposed, has secured 99.60% of the votes with 98.55% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 28

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Adrienne E. Adams (incumbent)

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE: Ivan D. Mossop

Adams currently leads Mossop, having secured 88.24% of the votes with 96.03% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 29

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Lynn Schulman

REPUBLICAN/CONSERVATIVE/SAVE OUR CITY CANDIDATE: Michael Conigliaro

Schulman currently leads Conigliaro, having secured 58.90% of the votes with 99% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 30

DEMOCRATIC/REPUBLICAN/CONSERVATIVE/SAVE OUR CITY CANDIDATE: Robert Holden (incumbent)

Holden, running unopposed, has secured 97.73% of the votes with 99% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3. 

City Council District 31

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Selvena Brooks-Powers (incumbent)

REPUBLICAN/CONSERVATIVE/SAVE OUR CITY CANDIDATE: Vanessa Pollie Simon

Brooks-Powers currently leads Simon, having secured 90.27% of the votes with 93.02% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

City Council District 32

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE: Felicia Singh

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE: Joann Ariola

COMMUNITY FIRST CANDIDATE: Kenichi Wilson

Ariola currently leads Singh and Wilson, having secured 67.48% of the votes with 99% of precincts reported, according to unofficial results from the city’s BOE as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 3.

Additional reporting by Carlotta Mohamed.

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