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Bill Perkins wins special election for 9th Council District

AmNews Staff Reports | 2/15/2017, 9:12 a.m.
State Sen. Bill Perkins is headed back to the city council representing the 9th District in Harlem after winning the ...
Bill Perkins

State Sen. Bill Perkins is headed back to the city council to represent the 9th District in Harlem after winning the special election to replace Inez Dickens, who was elected to the state assembly in November.

Perkins beat out nine other candidates for the seat taking one-third of the vote. Only about 10,000 voters came out on Tuesday, according to reports.

"I'm very happy. It's great to be able to go back to the City Council and be able to serve the people of the city of New York," he said.

This is Perkins second time serving in the city council. He represented the 9th District from 1998 to 2005 before being elected to the state senate in 2006. He will have to run again in November to keep his spot.

Now that Perkins is headed to city hall his state senate seat is vacant, which means there will have to be another special election. No word on whether or not there will be one.