Democrats Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine easily won second terms in the City Council on Tuesday night, and Mayor Bill de Blasio had already been declared the victor as of 9:30 p.m. Two other Upper West Siders won second terms too — Scott Stringer will return as Comptroller and Gale Brewer won her Borough President race.
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In a statement after her victory, Rosenthal thanked supporters and touted her accomplishments: “We’ve been able to protect tenants who are being harassed out of their homes; help keep pedestrians and bikers safe; provide an excellent education for all of our kids; ensure our seniors are receiving the care and respect they deserve; and root out wasteful spending.”
Her opponent Bill Raudenbush said that while he’s encouraged by “neighborhood’s thoughtfulness when it comes to the individual issues that shape our lives,” he’s dismayed by “how few people are civically engaged, the future and fate of progressive values within the party system, and the ongoing and seemingly impossible task of overcoming the monied interests that dominate civic life.”
Levine is expected to be a front-runner to become the next City Council Speaker, which could make him a big player in determining what legislation makes it to the mayor’s desk.
The ballot question about whether to hold a New York state Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) failed by a vote of 83% to 17%.