Helen Rosenthal fought off two challengers in the Democratic primary for City Council District 6 on Tuesday, winning by a large margin. Rosenthal is still expected to face at least two more challengers in the general election in November, but has passed her biggest hurdle by beating challengers Mel Wymore and Cary Goodman in the heavily Democratic district.
Rosenthal had won 66% of the vote as of 9:38 p.m., with 76% of the precincts reporting, according to the Daily News tabulation.
When asked the number one issue she will be focusing on if she wins a second term, Rosenthal said “affordable housing, affordable housing, affordable housing.”
Wymore addressed his supporters, standing on a counter at his campaign headquarters at Birdbath cafe. “Stay engaged, stay engaged, stay engaged. That’s the only way we’ll break through the establishment.”
Mark Levine, who represents the 7th council district, which includes a northern section of the Upper West Side, also breezed to victory, carrying 74% of the vote, with 94% of the precincts reporting. His opponent’s campaign targeted Jewish landlords.
Levine said voters rejected that vitriol.
“Tonight we saw a clear demonstration of the Upper Manhattan community embracing a vision of unity and tolerance over a message of bigotry and hatred,” Levine said. “I look forward to serving our neighborhoods for another four years, and I am eager to continue working on the issue that matter most to New Yorkers.”
Bill de Blasio also won the Democratic primary for mayor by a large margin.
Photo by Carol Tannenhauser.