BY TRONE DOWD
Southeast Queens incumbents easily held their seats for another term, while Adrienne Adams earned her first term as representative for District 28, replacing disgraced Councilman Ruben Wills.
Adams, a former educator and chairwoman of Community Board 12, swept the race for the seat with a whopping 86 percent of the vote. Her win marks the first time in the seat’s history that a woman will represent the constituents of Richmond Hill, Rochdale Village, South Ozone Park and South Jamaica at City Hall.
“I am honored to be the next City Council member for the 28th District and I thank the voters across Southeast Queens for their support,” Adams said. “I have dedicated my life to public service, working as chair of Community Board 12 to address the needs of our families and I am ready to get to work on the City Council.”
Adams will replace Wills, who was sentenced in August up to six years in prison for stealing taxpayer dollars to make personal purchases. In the years since Wills was arrested, District 28 has suffered when it comes to bringing capital funds into the district. Although Wills tried to work within his limited parameters set upon him by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the neighborhood has had virtually no leadership when it came to advocacy for neighborhood needs. Many voters hope that Adams’ election will mark a new day for District 28.
“I look forward to bringing inclusive, accountable leadership to the 28th District,” Adams said.
The other Southeast Queens race saw Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) defeat his opponents—Republican Rupert Green and ballot mainstay Frank Francois, of the Green Party—with a decisive 95 percent of the vote. Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), who ran unopposed this election season, celebrated with Miller and Adams at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Tuesday night.
In City Council District 24, which contains parts of downtown Jamaica as well as the neighborhoods of Jamaica Hills and Jamaica Estates, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) secured victory over his opponent Mohammad Rahman with 89 percent of the vote.