Katz claims victory in Queens DA primary

Queens Borough President and Queens District Attorney candidate Melinda Katz.
Queens Borough President and Queens District Attorney candidate Melinda Katz.
Portrait by Sarah Blesener
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.

Katz claims victory in Queens DA primary

But there’s still 114 contested ballots left to contend with.
July 25, 2019

Well, well, well, turns out your ol’ pals at City & State may not have led you astray after all!

After what felt like a never-ending manual recount of 91,000 ballots, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has claimed her victory in the Queens district attorney primary race. 

Katz’s campaign advisor Andrew Kirtzman sent a statement to City & State to announce the campaign’s victory on Thursday afternoon: “Now that every valid vote has been counted and recounted, the results confirm once again that the people of Queens have chosen Melinda Katz as the Democratic nominee for District Attorney.”

The Board of Elections has not yet announced the recount’s final tally, but according to the New York Post, Katz currently has a 60-vote lead on Cabán.

But Katz’s challenger Tiffany Cabán isn’t conceding just yet. During a press conference on Thursday, Cabán announced that the race “is not over” until all votes are counted, referring to the 114 contested ballots expected to be calculated once the recount is wrapped up.

So, perhaps we’ll just wait and see before we declare that the race for Queens DA is over.

Amanda Luz Henning Santiago
Amanda Luz Henning Santiago
is City & State's web reporter and social media editor.
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