Justin Brannan wins South Brooklyn City Council race | ET REALITY


A moderate Democrat who is among the most powerful members of the New York City Council defeated his Republican opponent on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press. By prevailing in the South Brooklyn race, Democrats took over a council seat that had shown signs of slipping away from their control.

Democrat Justin Brannan, the Council’s finance chair, defeated Ari Kagan, who was elected to the Council as a Democrat in 2021, but left the party last year and quickly adopted Republican stances on issues such as abortion and crime.

The two incumbents ended up running in the same southern Brooklyn district as a result of a once-in-a-decade redistricting process in which all 51 Council seats were up for re-election.

Democrats overwhelmingly control the City Council, and many ran unopposed Tuesday, including Yusef Salaam, one of the accused so-called Central Park Five who won a hotly contested Council primary in Harlem last summer.

But Republicans were hoping to gain one or two seats, and Kagan and a candidate in the Bronx, Kristy Marmorato, were thought to be their best hopes. Marmorato, an X-ray technician running on Republican and conservative lines, was challenging Marjorie Velázquez, the Democratic incumbent in the North Bronx.

The growth in the size and political influence of the Asian American community was also reflected in this year’s vote.

In a new district in southern Brooklyn that was created as part of the redistricting process to account for the growth of that community, Susan Zhuang, a Democrat and chief of staff to William Colton, an assemblyman, faced off against Ying Tan, the republican.

In northern Queens, Republican incumbent Vickie Paladino defeated Tony Avella, a Democrat and former council member, in a rematch from two years ago.

Inna Vernikov, a Republican who was recently accused of openly displaying a gun on her hip at a pro-Palestine rally where she was a counterprotester, easily defeated two candidates in another southern Brooklyn district.

Melinda Katz, the Queens district attorney and a moderate Democrat, also easily won against Michael Mossa, the Republican candidate. Mossa tried, unsuccessfully, to portray Katz as a far-left progressive who was soft on crime.

Voters also considered two statewide ballot measures That would allow local governments to raise their debt limits to build wastewater treatment plants and for school districts in small towns to improve their physical properties.

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