Well, it looks like Bill De Blasio is the frontrunner for the mayor’s race (although it’s still unclear if he avoided the runoff), Eliot Spitzer was defeated in the Comptroller’s race by Scott Stringer, and Tish James and Daniel Squadron, both from Brooklyn, will enter a runoff for Public Advocate. But let’s get down to the local stuff — both Queens Crap and the Queens Courier have great recaps from all the races concerning Queens. Pictured above, the Queens Borough President primary winner Melinda Katz, who easily defeated Peter Vallone, Jr. Although many expected this race to be down to the wire, early reports tell that Katz garnered more than 12,000 votes than Vallone. She’ll face Aurelio Arcabascio, who works in the healthcare field, in the general election. In District 19, where five Democrats were running to replace Republican City Councilman Dan Halloran, Queens Crap reports: “The latest numbers are Paul Vallone 2,723 votes to Austin Shafran’s 2,579 votes with 98% of precincts reporting. Neither Huffington Post nor NY1 has called it for Vallone, although he claimed victory last night.” Queens Courier called the win for Vallone. It looks like the general election will be a three-way race between Vallone, Austin Shafran (for the Working Families party) and the Republican canidate Dennis Saffran.
Costa Constantinides beat John Ciafone in District 22nd, and Rory Lancman won by a landslide in District 24. Daneek Miller won District 27. In the 28th District, Ruben Wills beat Hettie Powell. Incumbent Councilmember Donovan Richards will keep his seat in District 31. Lew Simon won District 32 and will face incumbent Councilmember Eric Ulrich in the general election. In District 34, covering both Bushwick and Ridgwood, Vito Lopez was finally given the boot. He was beat by Antonio Reynoso. Incumbents ran unopposed in Districts 20, 21, 23, 25, 26, 29, and 30.