By Michael V. Cusenza
Incumbent City Councilwoman Joann Ariola (R-Ozone Park) may have run unopposed Tuesday and eased into a second council term representing the people and places of the 32nd District, but her work ethic is that of an elected official feeling opponents nipping at her heels.
That said, the Lindenwood resident took time out of her busy schedule Wednesday to thank her supporters.
“I write this message with tremendous gratitude to the voters of District 32 who came out to support our campaign for New York City Council,” she wrote on social media. “I was unopposed for this election cycle and I owe that to all of you who support the work that my office and I do and for spreading the information that we share.
“Each time I enter City Hall I think of the brave men and women who brought me there. Thank you to my team and all of the volunteers for your unwavering support, ideas, and time that you give up to fight alongside me.
“In these uncertain times, our families need a strong advocate at City Hall. Thank you for the honor of being that strong voice. I will continue to stand up for what is right, fight back against what is wrong and represent common sense and those that elected me at City Hall.”
Fellow incumbent Councilwoman Lynn Schulman (D-Forest Hills) cruised to a second term in the 29th District by nabbing 68 percent of the vote.
“I look forward to championing the issues important to Queens for two more years and beyond!” Schulman said.