Manhattan election roundup: Few surprises, but history made with Yusef Salaam clinching City Council seat

Nine incumbent Manhattan City Council members emerged victorious Tuesday night from a surprise-free general election that also saw Yusef Salaam, a member of the “Exonerated Five,” clinch a spot in the city’s legislature.

Salaam defeated three other challengers — including two long-time veteran lawmakers in Assembly Members Inez Dickens and Al Taylor — in June’s Democratic primary for the 9th District seat based in Harlem. He won the seat unopposed Tuesday, and will succeed the outgoing Kristen Richardson Jordan come January.