Avella leads Democratic primary race for northeast Queens City Council seat by less than 200 votes

State Sen. Tony Avella has been appointed the ranking minority member of the Cities and Environmental Protection Committees. Photo by Christina Santucci

Tony Avella is a mere 124 votes ahead of fellow candidate Christopher Bae in the race to clinch the Democratic nomination for northeast Queens’ District 19 City Council seat as of Wednesday morning, according to unofficial results from the city’s Board of Elections (BOE).

As of June 28, Avella currently leads Bae and Paul Graziano with 2,243 votes, accounting for 38.97% of the vote. Bae is in a close second place with 2,119 votes (36.81%), while Graziano has received 1,362 votes (23.66%). There have also been 32 write-in votes submitted, accounting for .56% of the votes tallied.