Paladino declares victory as Avella concedes in northeast Queens City Council race


Republican Vickie Paladino declared victory over Democrat Tony Avella in the northeast Queens race to represent City Council District 19, two weeks after Election Day when she held the lead.

The Whitestone community activist and small business owner for more than three decades saw enough on Tuesday, Nov. 16, after the Board of Elections began counting mail-in ballots the day before.