De Blasio, incumbents emerge victorious on primary night
Stephon Johnson | 9/14/2017, midnight
Tuesday marked primary night for Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James and, to no one’s surprise, they won their respective races. City Council primaries across the city also saw incumbents shooing away challengers.
De Blasio won the Democratic Primary for mayor with almost 75 percent of the vote. His main challenger and most vocal critic, Sal Albanese, walked away with 15 percent of the vote. Michael Tolkin, Robert Gangi and Richard Bashner split the remaining votes.
At a primary night party at Roulette, a concert hall in downtown Brooklyn, the mayor thanked the crowd for their support and chronicled how much work lies ahead.
“We’ve got more to do. I’ve seen up close the challenges too, I’ve seen the ways we still need to build a fairer city, and I’m not going to stop until we build that fairer city for every New Yorker,” said de Blasio during a speech last night. The mayor touted some of his accomplishments, including universal pre-K. He will run against New York State Assemblywoman, and Republican, Nicole Malliotakis in the general election.
De Blasio still has the support of labor unions who have pushed for a more progressive agenda from all candidates in the city no matter what they’re running for. 32BJ President Hector Figueroa took pride in noticing how the candidates they pushed for won their primaries.
“Today voters showed that they want New York City to remain a progressive city with policies and laws that protect working families,” said Figueroa in a statement. “32BJ members endorsed the candidates with a history of standing up for working people, immigrant rights, good public education, affordable housing, criminal justice, police reform. Now we’ll make sure that they are elected in November.”
New York City Public Advocate Letitia James beat challenger David Eisenbach with almost 77 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary. In a statement, James said, “For the past four years, we have worked to transform the Public Advocate’s Office into a vehicle for economic and social justice and progress for everyday New Yorkers. Tonight’s victory puts us one step closer to a second term of fighting for all New Yorkers.”
In the race for Brooklyn district attorney, Eric Gonzalez will no longer be referred to as sitting. The man who stepped up to the DA position after the death of Ken Thompson won with 53 percent of the vote in a race that featured five other candidates. Anne Swern got almost 12 percent of the vote and Marc Fliedner captured just over 10 percent. Patricia Gatling, Vincent Gentile and Ama Dwimoh all finished in single digits.
Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union President Stuart Appelbaum praised Gonzalez’s victory.
“I am proud of the work our members did to put the strength of the RWDSU behind so many candidates that will fight to ensure that workers are heard in local government,” said Appelbaum, in a statement. “Eric Gonzalez knows the plight of low-wage workers and has diligently fought to recover stolen wages across Brooklyn in the District Attorney’s Office—we know his win tonight is a win for working people. Carlina Rivera, Keith Powers, Francisco Moya and Justin Brennan know what hard working families need in New York City to live and work here—and we know they will work closely to ensure that laws that impact working New Yorkers will protect our city’s working women and men.”