Board of Elections Certifies NYC's Mayoral Primary Results
After a slightly bumpy roll-out of the city’s debut of ranked-choice voting for the Mayoral Primary, the Board of Elections (BOE) has finally officially certified that Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was elected the Democratic nominee for mayor.
Although on Election Night, Adams led the 13 Democratic candidates with a comfortable 9.4% advantage over Maya Wiley, a former attorney for Mayor Bill de Blasio, after the absentee ballots had all been counted, his lead over Kathryn Garcia, the city’s former sanitation commissioner, slimmed to less than 1%
Adding in other excitement to the race that had razor-thin margins, were the botched results that the BOE admitted on June 29, a week after the mayoral primary, when the agency said it had to initiate a new tally beacuse the board had mistakenly included 126,000 dummy ballots in its count.
In a race that turned out to be closer than any in the last 50 years, Adams beat Kathryn Garcia, the city’s former sanitation commissioner, by only 7,153 votes.
The general election for New York City mayor, when Adams will run against Republican Curtis Sliwa, who is the founder and chief executive officer of the Guardian Angels, a nonprofit organization of unarmed crime prevention, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 2.