BY JAMES FARREL AND NATHAN DUKE
Queens’ City Council members held off challengers to retain their seats, while Mayor Bill de Blasio, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz coasted to re-election.
In northeast Queens, Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) fended off Reform Party challenger Paul Graziano and Republican Konstantinos Poulidis to retain his District 19 seat. Vallone collected 57.5 percent of the vote, while Poulidis received 24.6 percent and Graziano took 17.9 percent.
Flanked by his father, former City Council speaker Peter Vallone Sr., and supporter Chuck Apelian, Vallone told a crowd of supporters that his campaign was about unity.
“We don’t want negativity; we don’t want divisiveness—we want a united community: Democrat, Republican, everyone saying, ‘This is our home and this is our family,’” Vallone said at his victory party at Bourbon Street in Bayside.
Despite the third-place finish, Graziano’s campaign had been more active than Poulidis’. Graziano, a city planner and activist who has run for elected office before, originally ran in the primary as a Democrat against Vallone and collected 46 percent of the vote in that race. He said that he is “seriously considering” running again in four years.
“Getting almost 20 percent of the vote on the third-party line shows that I have a significant base of support that transcends party lines,” he said. “I’m disappointed that people voted down party lines, but it certainly isn’t going to stop me from running in four years.”
Poulidis said that, considering he is a Queens College student who couldn’t devote his full efforts to running, “25 percent, I think, is great.”
Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) claimed victory in his race against Republican challenger Joe Concannon in the 23rd District.
Grodenchik collected 65 percent of the vote, while Concannon received 33 percent. Third-party candidate John Lim earned 2 percent.
“I promise you that I will continue to work to advance the interests of all people of the district as we endeavor to make our great schools even better, our safe streets even safer, to bring order to a warped and broken property- tax system, and to make sure that all city services are as good as they can and should be,” Grodenchik said in a statement.
Concannon did not respond to a request for comment.
Elsewhere in Queens, Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) received 92 percent of the vote in the race for District 22, besting Kathleen Springer, who took 6 percent. Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) defeated Reform Party candidate Mohammad Rahman by 87-11 in District 24, while Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) received 85 percent of the vote, compared to Republican Marvin Jeffcoat, who took 14 percent in the District 26 race.
Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) fended off Democratic challenger Michael Scala in the race for District 32. Ulrich received 63 percent of the vote, while Scala took 34 percent.
In southeast Queens, Democrat Adrienne Adams, former Community Board 12 chairwoman, captured 86 percent of the vote in District 28, defeating Republican Ivan Mossop, who took 5 percent of the vote, and Hettie Powell, who earned 8 percent.
In the 27th District, Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) drew 95 percent of the vote, while Republican Rupert Green took 3 percent and Green Party candidate Frank Francois received 1 percent.
Other council members—including Peter Koo (D-Flushing), Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), Francisco Moya and Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights)—had no challengers.
In the mayoral race, Mayor Bill de Blasio won a second term, drawing 62 percent of the vote, while Republican Nicole Malliotakis took 26 percent, Reform Party candidate Sal Albanese took 2 percent and Bo Dietl took less than 1 percent.
Comptroller Scott Stringer won re-election with 76 percent of the vote, while his Republican challenger, Michel Faulkner, received 19 percent. In the public advocate race, Letitia James received 73 percent of the vote, while Republican Juan Carlos Polanco took 15 percent.
And Queens Borough President Melinda Katz captured 77 percent of the vote, while Republican William Kregler earned 21 percent.