UPDATED: Assemblymember Fernandez wins big in east Bronx state Senate race


State Assemblymember Nathalia Fernandez declared victory early Tuesday night securing the Democratic nomination for state Senate District 34.

As of Wednesday, with 185 of 187 election districts reporting unofficial tallies according to the state Board of Elections, Fernandez had captured 60.5% or 5,286 votes. Christian Amato, a Community Board 11 member and former staffer for state Senator Alessandra Biaggi, was running a distant second with 27.9% or 2,439 votes, and John Perez, a retired Army officer and perennial candidate, finished with 7.4% or 652 votes.

“I’m just very happy, ecstatic, you know, obviously tired — it’s been a vigorous campaign — but grateful, grateful for the support that we’ve built to get to this point,” Fernandez told the Bronx Times Tuesday night, surrounded by who she said are her family, friends, team, mentors, supporters and some constituents.

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