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.”