Nov. 8, 2017 by Nathaly Pesantez
Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) were overwhelmingly elected to represent Districts 26 and 22, respectively, once more in the Nov. 7 general elections.
Van Bramer, who has represented Sunnyside and Long Island City since 2010, received 85 percent of the vote, securing a third-term in city council. His opponent, Republican candidate Marvin Jeffcoat, came in with 14 percent of the vote, according to the Board of Elections.
In Astoria, Constantinides was chosen to represent the district for a second time after winning the city council seat in 2013, with 92 percent of all votes received. Kathleen Springer, his main opponent and Astoria activist who ran as an independent, received a little less than 7 percent of the votes.
Van Bramer, a member of several city council committees and caucuses, and chair of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, ran a re-election campaign with a focus on strengthening education, supporting libraries and the arts, and enhancing quality of life in the district. Jeffcoat, an Army veteran and facility manager for the Department of Health, pointed to education, job creation, and safer streets in his bid.
“We won!” Van Bramer tweeted yesterday after celebrating at Aubergine Cafe on Skillman Avenue. “A resounding victory for our #QueensValues! Thank you all! #Grateful.”
Constantinides re-tweeted a slew of congratulatory statements on his win from constituents.
In other Queens neighborhoods, Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) ran unopposed and secured a third term in office.
The results of District 30’s race, forming parts of Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodside, and Glendale, have been too close to call since last night. Elizabeth Crowley, who has served the district since 2010, trails behind Robert Holden, a community advocate who ran under the Republican and “Dump de Blasio” ticket, by 133 votes per the last reported numbers by the Board of Elections.
“”I am proud of my record and the campaign my team and I ran based on truth and hard work,” Crowley said in a statement. “…I am confident once all of the numbers come in, we will have four more years to build on that success.”
Crowley will be the only incumbent city council member to lose her seat if Holden wins the election.
Mayor Bill de Blasio was re-elected to a second term, with 66 percent of the vote. His main challenger, Nicole Malliotakis, received 27 percent of the vote, with the majority of them coming from Staten Island.