Susan Zhuang wins election in city’s first Asian-majority council district

Democrat Susan Zhuang has declared victory in the contentious race for city council in District 43, New York City’s first Asian-majority district.

Just hours after the polls closed on Tuesday, Zhuang had garnered more than 58% of the vote with 99% of scanners reporting, according to unofficial results from the Board of Elections. Her opponents, Republican Ying Tan and Conservative Vito LaBella had earned 26% and 14.55% of the vote, respectively.

“As a first-generation immigrant, working mom, and public servant, I understand and have been working on the issues Southern Brooklyn residents care most about – keeping our communities safe, ensuring we have the best schools, creating affordable housing, and protecting our quality of life,” Zhuang said in a statement on Wednesday. “I am truly humbled by last night’s result.”