Shahana Hanif writes history as the first Muslim woman elected to New York City Council.

In New York City, a global lighthouse that attracts a diverse population from around the world, the city council has never had a person of South Asian descent – or a Muslim woman – among its members.

That changed Tuesday when Shahana Hanif, a former city council employee, won her election in a Brooklyn district that covers Park Slope, Kensington and parts of central Brooklyn.

Ms. Hanif, a Bangladeshi American, was the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Council in its history, despite the city being home to an estimated 769,000 Muslims.

She was one of two history-making South Asian candidates who also won; the other, Shekar Krishnan, won a seat representing Jackson Heights and Elmhurst in Queens. (A third, Felicia Singh, another South Asian candidate, lost to her Republican opponent in a closely-watched Queens race.)

In a statement Tuesday night, Ms. Hanif that she was “humble and proud” to be the first Muslim woman in the Council – and the first woman of any faith to represent District 39. She cited volunteers and support from the community and progressive groups, including the left-wing Working Families Party .

“Together, we are building an anti-racist, feminist city,” she said. “We deserve a city that protects its most vulnerable, a city that has equal education, a city that invests in climate solutions that are local and driven by communities, a city where our immigrant neighbors feel at home and heard and safe. This work requires that we all keep showing up, even if the election is over. ”

City Council will also have its first gay black women to serve as members next year: Kristin Richardson Jordan achieved an overwhelming victory in a Harlem district, as did Crystal Hudson in a Brooklyn district that includes parts of Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant.

A number of other LGBTQ candidates won victories, including Tiffany Cabán of Queens. Chi Ossé in Brooklyn and Erik Bottcher in Manhattan had ridden in undisputed races. Lynn Schulman was expected to win a spot in Queens.

The graduates are part of a larger shift in New York City City, which is poised to be almost as diverse next year as the city it represents. More than two dozen women are positioned to take the majority of council seats, for the first time ever.

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