Photo Courtesy of Edwin Torres/Mayoral Photography Office
Primaries were held citywide on Tuesday for various seats.
By Michael V. Cusenza
On a New York Primary Day marred by meager voter turnout, Mayor Bill de Blasio trounced his four opponents, while Mike Scala, Adrienne Adams, and incumbent City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) all earned wins in local district races.
After garnering 44 percent of the vote in the Council District 32 Democratic Primary, Scala is set to face incumbent Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) in the Nov. 7 general election. The 32nd Council District covers Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, Belle Harbor, Breezy Point, Broad Channel, Lindenwood, Neponsit, Richmond Hill, Rockaway Park, Roxbury, South Ozone Park, West Hamilton Beach and Woodhaven.
Adams edged out Richard David – 3,341 votes to 2,763 – in the District 28 Democratic race. District 28 is composed of parts of Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park, South Jamaica, and Rochdale Village. This is the seat recently vacated by disgraced former Councilman Ruben Wills when he was convicted of five of six counts related to his theft of approximately $30,000 in public campaign funds and State grant money. Wills last month was sentenced to two to six years in prison, and ordered to pay nearly $33,000 in restitution and a $5,000 fine. He is appealing the conviction.
And Crowley, after a particularly bruising campaign, cruised to victory over civic leader Bob Holden in the District 30 contest, tallying 3,496 votes to Holden’s 1,986. District 30 covers Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, and parts of Woodside and Woodhaven.
De Blasio earned 326,361 votes, or 75 percent of the ballots. His closest challenger, former City Councilman Sal Albanese took home 66,636 votes.