2021 New York City election results

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In the run-up to the 2021 New York City election, some Democrats hopefully talked about further reducing the city’s already small number of Republicans in popularly elected offices. Could the city council’s three Republicans become two? One? Zero? Early returns from the polls Tuesday night do not suggest.

Republicans in several pockets of the city – and across Staten Island – did better than some political observers expected. In several close runs, which City & State marked as toss-ups, Republican candidates closed Tuesday night with not only comfortable leads over the Democrats, but commanders. And in the 32nd City Council District, Queens GOP President Joann Ariola secured a victory against progressive Democrat Felicia Singh.

Despite not running much of a campaign, former Republican Representative Vito Fossella leads Democrat Mark Murphy by a wide margin in the State of Iceland City Council presidential race, and several city council races saw Republicans with double-digit leads as well. Republican David Carr heads the 50th city council district in the State of Iceland. The Queens GOP looks set to hold on to their last remaining city council seat when Republican Joann Ariola beat Democrat Felicia Singh. And Trumpism seems to be living on in South Brooklyn’s 48th city council district, where declared Trump supporter Inna Vernikov is leading Democrat Steven Saperstein. Maybe it was these Donald Trump Jr. robocalls.

Other close runs had smaller margins. Democratic City Councilman Justin Brannan, who is running for re-election in Bay Ridge, is neck and neck with his Republican challenger – who has dealt with conspiracy theories – with most scanners reporting. Brannan, who is running as the next chairman of the council, continued an active campaign through the parliamentary elections, but the race is much closer than he probably would have liked. Still, he has won by a small margin before. “We are convinced of the absences that are unique, I think we will cope,” Brannan told City & State Tuesday night as he saw the results come in.

Tuesday night’s results, however, were not all surprises. The Democrats won each of the major city elections, four city presidencies and either led or won the vast majority of city council races. And in the night’s least surprising – though still monumental – news, Democratic Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was declared the next mayor of New York City. That call came about 30 minutes after the polls closed.

For third-party candidates, the Conservative Party is represented as CON, the Working Families Party is WFP, the Libertarian Party is LP and the Party for Socialism and Liberation is PSL.


Sitting: Bill de Blasio (D)

Eric Adams (D): 66.94%

Curtis Sliwa (R, Independent): 27.84%

William Pepitone (CON): 1.10%

Catherine Rojas (PSL): 2.48%

Stacey Prussman (LP): 0.28%

Fernando Mateo (Save Our City): 0.17%

Raja Michael Flores (Humanity United): 0.22%

Skiboky Stora (Out Lawbreaker): 0.02%

Quanda S. Francis (Empowerment): 0.34%

92.92% of scanners reported

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was named New York’s next mayor shortly after the polls closed, holding on to a lead of about 50 percentage points, with nearly half of the scanners reporting. With registered Democrats far more than Republicans in New York City, Adams has been treated like the supposedly elected mayor since hitting a crowded field in June’s Democratic primary. Republican nominee Curtis Sliwa, whose claim to fame is founding the vigilante crime-fighting group Guardian Angels, has always been a long shot. A Never Trumper, Sliwas’ already poor chances were further reduced as it was Adams, a moderate Democrat, who triumphed over some more progressive Democrats in June.


Sitting: Scott Stringer (D)

Brad Lander (D):69.50%

Daby Benjamine Carreras (R, Save Our City): 23.05%

Paul A. Rodriguez (CON): 5.56%

John A. Tabacco Jr. (LP, Independent): 1.71%

92.92% of scanners reported

New York City Governor Scott Stringer may be out of office for a limited time, but another progressive Democrat will step in to take his place. Councilman Brad Lander was declared the winner of the city inspector race about two hours after polling stations closed Tuesday. Lander faced a competitive Democratic primary for the party’s nomination in June, knocking out city council chairman Corey Johnson and current lieutenant Brian Benjamin, among others.

public lawyer

Sidder: Jumaane Williams (D)

Jumaane Williams (D): 68.47%

Devi Elizabeth Nampiapampil (R, Save Our City): 23.33%

Anthony Herbert (CON, independent): 6.73%

Devin W. Balkind (LP): 1.32%

92.92% of scanners reported

Public Defender Jumaane Williams officially called for re-election about two hours after the polls closed Tuesday, as expected. But this election is probably not what he has at the forefront of right now. Williams has almost jumped into the 2022 gubernatorial premiere, where he would face much stronger competition than he did in Tuesday’s public advocacy race.

Manhattan District Attorney

Sitting: Cyrus Vance Jr. (D)

Alvin Bragg Jr (D): 83.21%

Thomas Kenniff (R): 16.63%

92.55% of the scanners reported

Manhattan has elected its first black district attorney, and Democrat Alvin Bragg will have his hands full with a series of high-profile cases from Day 1. Republican Thomas Kenniff is also running, but faced long odds in the city-wide race, as early return showed.

State Island Borough President

Sitting: James Oddo (R)

Mark Murphy (D, Staten Island 1.): 31.54%

Vito Fossella (R): 60.71%

Leticia Remauro (CON): 7.57%

85.17% of the scanners reported

With the majority of scanners reporting, former Republican Representative Vito Fossella has a significant lead over Democrat Mark Murphy in the city’s only truly competitive city presidential race on Staten Island. It should always be an uphill battle for Murphy; the city presidency has not been held by a democrat since 1989.

City Council

Most of the city council candidates who are likely to win or are without opposition are Democrats, with the exception of Councilman Joe Borelli, who is running on the Republican and Conservative line. Each candidate is preceded by their district number and the established ones are listed with an asterisk.

Likely to win: 1) Christopher Marte, 2) Carlina Rivera *, 4) Keith Powers *, 5) Julie Menin, 6) Gale Brewer, 7) Shaun Abreu, 9) Kristin Richardson Jordan, 10) Carmen De La Rosa, 11) Eric Dinowitz, 13) Marjorie Velazquez, 14) Pierina Ana Sanchez, 15) Oswald Feliz *, 16) Althea Stevens, 17) Rafael Salamanca Jr. *, 18) Amanda Farías, 20) Sandra Ung, 22) Tiffany Cabán, 23) Linda, 24 ) James Gennaro *, 25) Shekar Krishnan, 26) Julie Won, 27) Nantasha Williams, 28) Adrienne Adams *, 29) Lynn Schulman, 31) Selvena Brooks-Powers, 34) Jennifer Gutiérrez, 35) Crystal Hudson, 37) Sandy Nurse, 38) Alexa Avilés, 39) Shahana Hanif, 40) Rita Joseph, 41) Darlene Mealy, 45) Farah Louis *, 46) Mercedes Narcisse, 47) Ari Kagan, 49) Kamillah Hanks, 51) Joe Borelli *

Without resistance: 3) Erik Bottcher, 8) Diana Ayala *, 12) Kevin Riley *, 21) Francisco Moya *, 30) Robert Holden *, 33) Lincoln Restler, 36) Chi Ossé, 42) Charles Barron, 44) Kalman Yeger *

City Council District 19


Sitting: Paul Vallone (D)

Tony Avella (D): 44.63%

Vickie Paladino (R, Independent): 48.02%

John-Alexander Sakelos (CON, Save Our City): 7.08%

93.16% of the scanners reported

District 19 is one of the few districts Republicans hope to claim from Democrats this year, but Tuesday night there was at times a neck-and-neck race between GOP candidate Vickie Paladino and former Democratic state senator Tony Avella. Paladino leads by just a few points, but the race is still too close to call.

City Council District 32


Sitting: Eric Ulrich (R)

Joann Ariola (R, Save Our City, CON): 68.08%

Felicia Singh (D): 30.70%

Kenichi Wilson (community first): 1.09%

99.00% of scanners reported

After all, Democrats will not claim Queens’ last remaining Republican seats. Republican Joann Ariola, president of the Queens Republican Party, led progressive Democrat Felicia Singh by a decisive margin with almost every scanner reporting.

City Council District 43


Sitting: Justin Brannan (D)

Justin Brannan (D, WFP): 49.87%

Brian Fox (R, CON): 49.96%

98.25% of the scanners reported

When he entered the parliamentary election, Democrat Justin Brannan was considered a fairly sure bid for re-election, even though he continued an active campaign amid a challenge from Republican candidate Brian Fox. But Fox – which founded a technology staffing company and has spread conspiracy theories on social media – was only a few percentage points behind Brannan about two hours after the polls closed. This would not be the first race that Brannan won with just a hair’s hair, but it’s certainly not the comfortable lead the city council chairman was hoping for.

City Council District 48


Sitting: Free after Chaim Deutsch (D) pleaded guilty to tax fraud

Steven Saperstein (D): 35.74%

Inna Vernikov (R, CON, Centrist): 64.02%

86.47% of the scanners reported

There are a lot of party jumps going on in the South Brooklyn District 48. The Democratic candidate Steven Saperstein previously ran as a Republican, while the Republican candidate Inna Vernikov used to be a registered Democrat. Vernikov took the lead when the first ballots were counted on Tuesday, and had a strong lead over Saperstein with most scanners reporting. Vernikov, a lawyer, has organized his campaign around key issues such as opposing vaccine mandates and opposing a state ceiling on charter schools. And she has not made her support for Donald Trump a secret. Saperstein, a special education teacher, participates in the race with a strong fundraising benefit and backing from organizations like the New York City Police Benevolent Association – an advantage in districts like the 48th, where public safety is a widespread problem.

City Council District 50

Staten Island

Sitting: Steven Matteo (R)

Sal Albanian (D, Staten Island 1.): 32.36%

David Carr (R): 60.35%

George Wonica (CON): 7.16%

90.78% of the scanners reported

Time-limited Steven Matteo’s longtime Chief of Staff David Carr hopes to keep this Mid-Island City Council seat in the family. He has got off to a good start and leads by a wide margin, and the majority of scanners report. The district has traditionally voted Republican, but insiders say Sal Albanese has a real chance, thanks in part to union approvals such as the New York City Police Benevolent Association, which is influential in the district. Carr has raised and used the most in the race, but the presence of conservative George Wonica could remove some right-wing voters, especially after Carr’s tough Republican primary election against Marko Kepi.


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