Assemblymember Michael Benedetto defeats Progressive challenger Jonathan Soto in Democratic primary


Unofficial results show Assemblymember Michael Benedetto won the Democratic primary Tuesday night for the role he has held for more than two decades.

With more than 90% scanners reported on Tuesday night, according to the city Board of Elections, Benedetto, the Education chair for the state Assembly, had garnered 3,253, or just over 56% of votes. Progressive Jonathan Soto, the incumbent’s biggest threat, had 2,794 votes, or just under 36%.

Algernon Quattlebaum, a minister and veteran with a tough-on-crime platform, received 598 votes, or 7.7%.

“I thank the voting public for believing in me, and not believing the lies that were, you know, spread about me, and having confidence that I have led and worked well for this community,” Benedetto told supporters in Throggs Neck Tuesday night. “And because of that, they have apparently voted overwhelmingly in my favor.”

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