The unofficial tallies from yesterday’s New York primary were released by the Board of Elections, and it appears that 38th Assembly District candidate Jenifer Rajkumar is poised to make history as the first South Asian elected to the legislative body.
If poll numbers stay consistent over the coming days, as tens of thousands of absentee ballots are counted, it is likely that Rajkumar will unseat longtime Assemblyman Mike Miller. She currently holds at 2,624 votes or 52.05 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Miller, who has served as the 38th District’s representative since winning a Special Election in 2009, trails behind with 1,300 votes, good for 25.79 percent. Just following him is poet and Adjunct Lecturer at BMCC Joseph De Jesus, with 21.98 percent of the vote as of early this morning.
In Woodhaven’s concurrent Assembly race for District 24, incumbent Assemblyman David Weprin leads with 2,144 votes, or 46.37 percent. Weprin followed by community organizer Mahfuzul Islam at 29.39 percent and then by United Communities Alliance President Albert Baldeo at 23.96 perfect.
In a seemingly prophetic result, State Senate incumbent Michael Gianaris dispatched challenger Iggy Terranova for Senate District 12 with 14,114 votes, good for 73.6 percent. Terranova, a former DSNY official, got 4,989 votes, or 26 percent, with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
With a whopping 79.52 percent, or 32,965 votes, the AP has projected current House Rep. Nydia Velasquez as the winner of the 7th Congressional District race. If she wins, this would make her 15th term in Congress.
Velasquez’s opponent is local rapper Paperboy Love Prince, who identifies as non-binary. Prince tallied in at 8,278 votes, good for 19.97 percent, with 98.33 percent of precincts reporting.
In the race for Queens borough president, Councilman Donovan Richards is leading all candidates with 41,915 votes, good for 37.2 percent, with 96 percent of precincts reporting.
Trailing Donovan is former Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who has 31,781 votes, or 28 percent.
Councilman Costa Constantinides is coming in third, with 17,164 votes, or 15 percent. Closely behind him is Anthony Miranda, with 14.7 percent, and Dao Yin, with 4.5 percent.