You are reading

Donovan Richards Stretches Lead in Queens Borough President Race

Donovan Richards and Elizabeth Crowley (Campaign photos)

July 3, 2021 By Christian Murray

Donovan Richards has stretched his lead over Elizabeth Crowley in the tight Democratic primary for Queens Borough President.

Richards, the incumbent, is ahead of Crowley by 3,313 votes following the implementation of ranked choice voting, according to the results released by the NYC Board of Elections Friday night. However, the race is far from over with 35,550 absentee ballots still to be counted.

The margin that separated the pair on election night was 2,076 votes—based on 95 percent of the scanners of first-choice votes.

The lead increased to 2,481 after the remainder of first choice votes were counted and before ranked choice voting went into effect.

Richards’ lead increased once again when the third candidate in the race—Jimmy Van Bramer—was eliminated and Van Bramer’s second choice votes were tabulated.

Richards wound up with 78,752 votes, or 51.1 percent of the count, after the completion of ranked choice voting, ahead of Elizabeth Crowley who brought in 75,439 votes or 48.9 percent.

The incumbent was viewed as the strong favorite going into the race, having taken office in December after winning a primary and special election last year.

He had the backing of the major unions and elected leaders. However, Crowley had the money.

She spent $1,188,572 on the campaign, while Richards spent $557,530, according to June 11 campaign finance filings.

Richards’ current term ends Dec. 31, since he is completing what would have been Melinda Katz’s term.

The BOE will not be releasing the results with absentee ballots included until at least July 6. The results are expected to be certified the week of July 12 or later.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
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

Port Authority announces JFK Airport traffic congestion plan as new terminal construction ramps up this summer

With construction ramping up over the summer on the $19 billion JFK Airport redevelopment project, the Port Authority opened a free drop-off, pickup and waiting lot at the AirTrain station at Lefferts Boulevard to help passengers avoid heavy traffic congestion at the terminal frontages.

The new lot will allow travelers to easily hop on to the free on-airport AirTrain with frequent service for an easy, eight-minute ride to the terminals, saving them time and anxiety from potential construction-related congestion.

Urgent manhunt underway for ‘animal’ who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in Flushing park on Thursday: NYPD

The NYPD announced a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a Hispanic man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl in a wooded area of Kissena Corridor Park on Thursday afternoon.

More than sixty investigators were at the crime scene late into the night. During a press briefing by NYPD brass on Friday, Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey said that the manhunt was expanded city-wide and that the department would spare no expense until the suspect was apprehended.