Closest City Council Race Has a Winner

Robert Cornegy has won the Democratic nomination to represent the District 36 seat for City Council, over two weeks after the primary elections took place. (Photo from campaign website)

It took two weeks and a recount but Robert Cornegy has won the Democratic primary in City Council District 36 by 68 votes. (Photo from campaign website)

Gotham Gazette reports that 17 days after the primary elections and following a paper ballot recount, Robert Cornegy Jr. has emerged as the winner to represent the Democratic Party for the District 36 City Council seat, which covers Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

The Democratic district leader edged out Kirsten John Foy, a community activist, by 68 votes, the same margin of victory than before the recount, in what has been considered the tightest City Council race this year.

Cornegy will face Republican Veronica Thompson on the November 5 general elections. The winner will fill the seat being vacated by Councilman Albert Vann, who is term limited.

Prior to the final results, Amsterdam News spoke to the two candidates as they battled it out for the nomination.

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