It was a landslide for Bill de Blasio last night, as New York City elected its first Democratic mayor in two decades. There wasn’t much suspense down the ballot; local office holders Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez coasted to easy victories and will be returning to the City Council for four more years.
Chin ran uncontested in District 1 after fighting off a challenge from Jenifer Rajkumar in the Democratic Primary. District 2 Council member Rosie Mendez had no trouble vanquishing her Green Party opponent, trouncing Miles Budde 93 to 6.8%. Chin thanked her campaign staff and supporters, including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who stopped by to offer his congratulations.
The victory party took place at the Grand Harmony restaurant on Mott Street. Among those standing by her side last night were Chinatown Partnership/BID executive Wellington Chen, Justin Yu of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Community Board 3 Chairperson Gigi Li and Aixa Torres, the tenant president at the Smith Houses. Li, in particular, worked hand-in-hand with the Chin campaign during the primary, as well as with the campaign of Gale Brewer, who’s poised to become the new Manhattan Borough President.
Silver made the rounds across the city last night and also sent out written statements congratulating de Blasio, Public Advocate-elect Letitia James and Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer.