Zaccaro Jr. wins open Assembly seat, hopes to make housing breakthroughs in District 80

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As the Bronx precincts whittled down to its final reporting numbers on Tuesday, John Zaccaro Jr. — chief of staff to NYC Councilmember Rafael Salamanca Jr. — was filled with exhaustion on Tuesday night.

When Nathalia Fernandez announced her plan in June to run for the open Senate District 34 seat, Zaccaro Jr.’s name surfaced as a potential successor, ultimately becoming the Bronx Democratic Party nominee to fill her Assembly District 80 seat. And on Tuesday, Zaccaro Jr. took that vote of confidence and edged Republican challenger Phyllis Nastasio, claiming one of the Bronx’s three open state seats by a 69%-30% margin, according to data Wednesday morning from the NYC Board of Elections.

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