Reynoso, Cornegy and Simon lead crowded field of borough presidential candidates on election night • Brooklyn Paper
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Voters in Brooklyn used the ranked vote to choose between nearly a dozen Democratic candidates running for the presidency of the borough in the primary election on Tuesday, June 22, with three candidates vying for the top spot in the hotly contested race.
At 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Antonio Reynoso held a sizable lead over fellow limited-term council member Robert Cornegy, with Assembly member Jo Anne Simon in third place, with more than 88% of constituencies reported, according to reports. unofficial results of the city’s board of directors. Elections.
Reynoso got 28.49% of the vote (47,748 votes), with Cornegy and Simon neck and neck behind him at 18.92% (31,700 votes) and 18.61% (31,190 votes) of the vote, respectively.
Only the preliminary unofficial results, including the ballots cast during the early voting period and on polling day, will be available from the Elections Office on Tuesday evening. Mail-in ballots will not be part of the initial tally, and final results are not expected in races like this until at least July 12.
On a crowded election night at the Williamsburg carnival, Reynoso said he felt good “no matter what.”
“I feel like the people behind me have done an amazing job… I really feel like we’ve done everything we need to do to get our message out on how we can build a Brooklyn for all of us, ”Reynoso told Brooklyn Paper at Grand Street Bar. “I’m just really happy, really grateful and I hope that when all is said and done, I can be the next president of the borough.”
Reynoso currently represents the 34th district of city council, which includes parts of Williamsburg and Bushwick. But, when asked about his campaign – which has focused on economic recovery, affordable housing and climate change, among other hot topics – and why he thinks it resonates with voters, the candidate said it was time for leaders to start “pushing for radical change,” and dealing with fairness in all neighborhoods.
“I want to build equity into our system, I don’t want the only places that get resources and help to be the places that have more political capital,” he said. “I want to go to places like East New York, Brownsville, and Coney Island, and let them know that whatever poverty rate someone is going to show for them, all the time, and I don’t care if you have 40,000 votes in a riding or 4,000 votes in a riding – I’m going to go where people need me.
Not far from Carneval, Cornegy and his camp awaited the unofficial results of the primary elections at Brooklyn Bank on Dekalb Avenue. There the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights Council member thanked supporters for a well-run race.
“I’ve heard a lot of people talk about these ‘people-led campaigns’. There is no greater people-led campaign than ours, and there has not been a campaign that united the borough like we have, ”said Cornegy, a former footballer. 6’10 “basketball which has already been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest politician.
On Tuesday evening, the presidential hopeful of the district, whose campaign has prioritized economic recovery after the pandemic, small business development and police reform, invoked faith and God while anticipating the tally. final.
“As we look at the numbers, and ours are increasing, and we ask God to increase those numbers,” he told a crowd of nearly 30 at Brooklyn Bank, an event space owned by Blacks in his neighborhood. “Tomorrow, or the next day, or the next day, we will celebrate victory, but tonight we celebrate you all and your commitment to this campaign.”
The winner of the June Democratic primary will likely win the November general election and land at Borough Hall in January 2022. The post has been held by Mayor Eric Adams since 2014.
The next borough president will be responsible for proposing legislation, approving zoning changes, making city-wide budget recommendations and guiding land use. District presidents appoint members of the New York City Planning Commission and members of other local councils.
Candidates also on the ballot on Tuesday included another outgoing board member Mathieu Eugene and Kimberly Council community leaders Khari Edwards, Robert Elstein, Pearlene Fields, Anthony Jones, Lamor Miller-Whitehead, Trisha Ocona and Robert Ramos Jr.
Under the new voting system, if a candidate obtains more than 50% of the first choice votes, he wins; but if no candidate obtains more than 50 percent of the first choice votes, the votes will be counted in rounds.
At the end of each round, the candidate with the fewest votes will be eliminated. If the eliminated candidate was the first choice on a ballot, then the vote is transferred to whoever was the second choice on the ballot.
The process continues until there are two candidates remaining. The candidate with the most votes is the winner.
Simon’s campaign has yet to respond to a request for comment.