Crystal Hudson

New and incumbent candidates celebrated well into Election Night as dozens of citywide and borough wide races claimed winners yesterday, based on the unofficial results the New York City Board of Elections posted at the close of the polls. 

As of Wednesday, Nov. 3, former Brooklyn Borough President and Democrat Eric L. Adams is still holding his lead over Republican opponent Curtis Sliwa for mayor of New York City. 

Adams initially had about 75% of the vote on election night, but has since dropped down to 676, 481 votes or 66.14%. The race was called in Adams’ favor at 9:20 p.m. last night by the Associated Press. Sliwa started at about 19% on election night and has edged up a little to 27.82%. At this point he is unlikely to surpass Adams, even with the absentee ballots counted in the coming weeks. 

Adams gave a lengthy, impassioned speech about unity, diversity, achieving dreams, and overcoming poverty at his watch party at the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel on Tuesday night. 

“This campaign was never, never, never about me. This campaign was about this city and the people in it. From every corner and every background,” said Adams. “Those who have been left behind and believed they would never catch up. This campaign was for the underserved, the marginalized, the abandoned.” 

Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn congratulated Adams on a “well-deserved” and historic victory for the borough, city, and state. 

“Eric rose from humble roots to become NYC’s second Black mayor in history by dedicating his life to uplifting, uniting, and empowering all New Yorkers,” said Bichotte Hermelyn in a statement.  

In a concession post on Twitter Sliwa seemed to imply that though his campaign had come to an end, he was not finished fighting for animals, battling homelessness, and promoting mental health services in the city. 

“Political campaigns end, but political movements don’t. We started a political movement—a movement focused on people & not politicians,” said Sliwa. “This is not the end—it’s just the beginning.”

Several electeds who ran in similar progressive Democratic circles chose to celebrate on Election Night in Brooklyn together, namely Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, Brooklyn Borough President-elect Antonio Reynoso, Councilmember-elect Shahana Hanif, and Comptroller-elect Brad Lander.

“As New York City’s next comptroller—our budget watchdog, pension fiduciary, and chief accountability officer—I’ll fight hard every day to build that city. I’m deeply grateful for the support of New Yorkers, and eager to make government work better for all of us. Let’s get to work,” said Lander in a statement.

Williams won his re-election for public advocate in a landslide, even as he’s positioning himself to run for New York State governor against fellow Brooklynite State Attorney General Letitia James and Gov. Kathy Hochul. Political analysts predict that James and Williams will essentially split the downstate, Black progressive, and Brooklyn vote between them. 

Councilmember-elect Crystal Hudson, who will replace Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo in City Council District 35 in Brooklyn, was elated to be the first openly gay Black woman elected to the city council. 

“I know and love this community deeply, and as the granddaughter of Jamaican immigrants, a caregiver who has navigated our complicated healthcare system, the daughter of a nurse, and a Black, queer New Yorker, I will fight even harder for historically marginalized people to have a seat at the table,” said Hudson in a statement. 

In another widely watched mayoral election in New York State, Buffalo’s India Walton appears to be trailing behind incumbent Mayor Bryon Brown’s write-in campaign by about 10 points as of Nov. 3, according to Erie County’s elections board.

Ariama C. Long is a Report for America corps member and writes about culture and politics in New York City for The Amsterdam News. Your donation to match our RFA grant helps keep her writing stories like this one; please consider making a tax-deductible gift of any amount today by visiting: https://tinyurl.com/fcszwj8w

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