BY TRISHA SAKHUJA
As the General Election wrapped up late Tuesday, five incumbent Queens councilmembers let out a breath of relief to retain their seats.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) garnered 53.1 percent of the vote, while his Democratic challenger, Lew Simon, had 46.9 percent.
According to the polling results, the Republican incumbent claimed victory after trailing Simon for much of the night.
Since both Ulrich and Simon were neck-and-neck, both took to the floor to declare victory, even though some districts had not yet reported their numbers.
“Public service is truly the highest calling. I am honored to serve the people for another 4 years,” Ulrich said on Twitter the following day.
Simon has decided to not concede the race because he wants to make sure every single vote is properly counted.
“Few people thought it would be such a tight race,” Simon said in a statement. “And the race isn’t over yet.”
Council District 30 representative Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) won 58.9 percent of the votes over her Republican opponent Craig Caruana, who saw 41.1 percent of the votes.
During Crowley’s election night party, she said,” they want to send me back to City Hall!”
During her second term, she said she wants to improve transportation in the district and invest in infrastructure.
Council representative from District 20, Peter Koo (D-Flushing), won by a landslide on Election Day, securing his second term against three challengers.
Koo garnered 79.6 percent of the vote and Flushing district leader Martha Flores-Vazquez, running on the Jobs & Education line, won 10.5 percent of the vote.
While Koo was not on the campaign trail, he kept his name in the news through several press conferences and events.
Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) was another incumbent who cruised to victory on Election Day for Council District 23, defeating Joseph Concannon, who ran on the Reform line, with 84.1 percent of the vote.
Concannon said he was a victim of fraud because the Campaign Finance Board did not add his profile to its voter guide and he protested that he could not wear his American flag pin on his lapel for the voter guide.
The representative of Council District 29, Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills), won the election with more than 91 percent of the vote, leaving the Civic Virtue candidate Jon Torodash far behind with 8.6 percent of the vote.
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