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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ben Kallos Wins Democratic Party NYC Primary Council Race To Represent Roosevelt Island and Upper East Side Reports NY Times

With 98% of the vote in, the NY Times projects that Ben Kallos won the Democratic Party primary to represent Roosevelt Island and the Upper East Side in the NYC Council. According to the NY Times vote tally.

District 5
Upper East Side, Roosevelt Island
Democratic Candidate Votes Pct.
Ben Kallos -              7,111       45.7%
Micah Kellner           6,133      39.4
Ed Hartzog                2,328      14.9
Mr. Kallos tweets:
The NY Times also projects that Roosevelt Island's current NYC Council Member Jessica Lappin lost her bid for Manhattan Borough President to Gale Brewer. According to the NY Times, the Manhattan Borough President Democratic primary vote tally was:
Gale A. Brewer      56,672       39.2%
Jessica S. Lappin    34,515       23.9
Robert Jackson       28,226      19.5
Julie Menin            25,137      17.4
The Main Street WIRE has the Roosevelt Island vote tally for the 2013 Primary Election.

UPDATE 9/11 - A statement from Ben Kallos:
I am honored to win the Democratic City Council primary in the Upper East Side and Roosevelt Island, the community I grew up in, and can't wait to represent District 5 in City Hall.

On the streets yesterday, voters explained that our campaign's message of openness, participation and big ideas resonated with them, and that's the kind of Council Member I plan to be. I'm humbled by the strong support and look forward to working together to keep our neighborhood a great place to live.
and Micah Kellner:
I want to thank you for all that you have done to support my campaign for City Council. Thanks to you and all those who supported my campaign, I was able to run a campaign that I'll always be proud of.

Unfortunately, I came up short today, and I did not win the Democratic Primary for City Council.

I will always be grateful to you for your friendship and loyalty and for standing by me during a difficult campaign. With your continued support, I intend to redouble my efforts to deliver effective public service to the neighborhoods of Manhattan's Upper East Side, Yorkville and Roosevelt Island.

Thank you once again for your support. I will never forget it!