STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As he prepares to face former Rep. Vito Fossella in November’s normal election, Democratic candidate for borough president Mark Murphy mentioned he’s able to re-brand Staten Island for the higher.
Murphy was considered one of 5 Democratic candidates hoping to exchange Borough President James Oddo on the finish of his time period.
An up to date ranked-choice voting report that was launched by the New York Metropolis Board of Elections (BOE) Tuesday night time — the primary depend that included absentee ballots — confirmed Murphy is positioned to win the Democratic major with 16,350 votes, practically double that of his closest opponent, Lori Honor, who has 8,806.
In an announcement Thursday, Murphy thanked the hundreds of Staten Islanders he spoke to forward of the first.
“I’m honored to have acquired greater than 16,000 votes within the major election. The hundreds of individuals I talked to and the hundreds extra who voted for me know that it’s my mission to unite Staten Island and at last ship a Borough Corridor for all,” he mentioned.
TRUMP TAKES SHOT AT MURPHY
Murphy’s Republican rival bought a last-minute endorsement from former President Donald Trump, and Fossella mentioned that his win wouldn’t have been potential with out Trump’s all the way down to the wire endorsement.
“Tonight, I’m humbled and honored to as soon as once more signify the individuals of Staten Island because the Republican nominee for public workplace,” mentioned Fossella when he declared victory Tuesday night time. “This comeback wouldn’t have been potential with out the wonderful assist of so many individuals, specifically, President Donald J. Trump.”
This week the previous president each congratulated Fossella and took a jab at Murphy.
“Now on to victory in opposition to the unconventional left Democrat,” Trump’s statement read, referring to Murphy. “Vito will probably be representing the best individuals on Earth and he won’t ever allow you to down. I like you Staten Island!”
Murphy mentioned Trump’s rhetoric has no place within the borough president’s race or on Staten Island.
“Ex-President Trump’s divisive and disruptive language must cease. I’m working for Borough President on a optimistic message of creating Staten Island cleaner, greener, safer, and stronger,” Murphy informed the Advance/SILive.com.
He continued, “We’ve got a singular alternative to place divisive and unfavorable nationwide politics apart — lastly get a seat on the desk, discuss tips on how to make Staten Island first within the eyes of town, tips on how to re-open and prosper after COVID, and actually re-brand Staten Island for the higher.”
HOW RANKED-CHOICE VOTING PLAYED OUT
On the finish of Election Day, 97.89% of scanned ballots had been reported, and Murphy led the Democratic borough presidential race with 46.23% of the votes adopted by Honor with 20.96%.
The primary ranked-choice voting report from the BOE got here initially of the Fourth of July weekend; the ranked-choice voting round-by-round elimination was utilized, however with none absentee ballots included.
After six rounds Murphy had tallied 13,782 votes to Honor’s 7,299. In that preliminary report, Radhakrishna Mohan was first eradicated, adopted by Brandon Stradford and Cesar Vargas.
Tuesday’s report, now together with absentee ballots, confirmed the hole between Murphy and Honor widen, with Murphy at 16,350 votes (65%) and Honor at 8,806 (35%), positioning Murphy for the win.
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