Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

De Blasio wins Democratic mayoral primary amid meager voter turnout

De Blasio wins Democratic mayoral primary amid meager voter turnout

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) faces a crowded primary field as he seeks a second term leading the nation's largest city.

The mayor, who spent much of his first term in search of greater national relevance, has used President Trump as a foil in the campaign.

Staten Island was the only borough de Blasio lost in the 2013 general election, though he won the borough's Democratic primary that year by a few hundred votes.

NY held primaries statewide Tuesday for other local offices. The mayorship, Brooklyn District Attorney's spot, Public Advocate's position and all 51 seats on the City Council are up for grabs.

In a July 27 poll conducted by Baruch College and NY1 news, 3.5 percent of Democrats polled said they would vote for Albanese compared with 57 percent for de Blasio.

For Brooklyn Democrats vying for City Council, incumbent Antonio Reynoso won the primary for District 34; incumbent Laurie Cumbo won District 35; incumbent Carlos Menchaca won District 38; incumbent Mathieu Eugene won District 40; Alicka Ampry-Samuel won District 41; incumbent Inez Barron won District 42; incumbent Jumaane Williams won District 45 and incumbent Chaim Deutsch won District 48.

Albanese, who moved to New Dorp this year, received 15.57 percent of the vote, according to those early returns. Monserrate was expelled from the state Senate after he was convicted of assaulting his girlfriend and later served almost two years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud and corruption charges in a separate case.

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez defeated five other candidates on Tuesday. Thompson died shortly after, and no replacement was officially named, leaving Gonzalez in place.

In Syracuse, three Democrats ran to succeed Democrat Stephanie Miner, who is term-limited.

In Buffalo, Mayor Byron Brown won a Democratic contest with City Comptroller Mark Schroeder and county lawmaker Betty Jean Grant. Republican Jack Martins, a former state senator, will be on the November ballot. Mangano has pleaded not guilty.

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