You are reading

Council Member Donovan Richards Clinches Early Lead in Queens Borough President Race

Council Member Donovan Richards (Emil Cohen/ NYC Council Flickr)

June 23, 2020 By Allie Griffin

Council Member Donovan Richards has clinched an early lead in the race to be the next Queens Borough President — though the official winner won’t be announced for at least a week.

Richards, the Queens Democratic party pick, had nearly 38 percent of the votes in the Democratic primary for the position, according to the unofficial results from the NYC Board of Elections — with about 75 percent of scanners reported at around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The results are far from final, since an unprecedented number of absentee ballots have yet to be counted. The BOE will begin counting absentee ballots by hand after June 30.

Tonight’s unofficial results are gathered from in-person ballots cast Tuesday and during early voting.

Richards, however, has a significant lead in what is a crowded race.

Former Council Member Elizabeth Crowley took about 28 percent of votes; Council Member Costa Constantinides secured about 16 percent; retired NYPD sergeant Anthony Miranda got 14 percent and Flushing businessman Dao Yin earned about 4 percent, according to the unofficial results.

The winner of the primary will take on Republican Joann Ariola, Queens GOP Chair, in the November general election — which will determine who will serve as borough president in 2021. The Democratic candidate is almost assured to win.

The BP seat was vacated by Melinda Katz in January, when she became the borough’s District Attorney.

Richards is likely to win the primary, although the unprecedented number of absentee votes could still have an impact.

Richards, who lives in Laurelton with his wife and young son, has represented Southeast Queens in the city council since 2013. He ran on four key campaign issues — criminal justice reform; affordable housing and job creation; immigrant rights; and public transportation improvements.

Richards was endorsed by the Queens County Democratic Party for Borough President in December.

Borough presidents serve as advocates for the borough, but cannot create or pass laws. However, they do decide how a multi-million dollar budget is spent, weigh in on major land use decisions, appoint members of local community boards and hold public hearings.

The Office is currently filled on an interim basis by Acting Borough President Sharon Lee.

Katz appointed Lee to take over the position at the beginning of the year. Lee will serve as borough president through December 31.

email the author: [email protected]
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force investigating vandalism at Forest Hills church that has been targeted in the past

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating a case of criminal mischief at a Forest Hills house of worship in which a vandal threw a rock to intentionally damage its glass front door, according to authorities.

Police say that just before 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, police from the 112th Precinct were called to Grace Lutheran Church, located at 103-15 Union Tpke., after a man threw a rock and damaged the church’s front door.

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

BP launches new advisory panel for youth to become civically engaged in the future of Queens

In an effort to get more young people involved in civics, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards has created a new advisory panel known as the Youth and Young Adult Council to introduce the “youngest and fiercest” community advocates to both community service and organization.

Members of the advisory body will advocate concerns through means of community engagement by participating in one of two cohorts. The first will be made up of high school representatives between the ages of 13 and 17, while the second cohort will be comprised of young adults between the ages of 18 and 25.