City Council incumbents hold onto seats


In a general election that had few surprises in New York City, all council members in northeast Queens won another term in office.

In the 19th Council District, which runs from College Point and Whitestone to Bayside and Douglaston, Paul Vallone retained his seat. He defeated Republican challenger Konstantinos Poulidis and Reform Party candidate Paul Graziano.

Vallone tallied 14,284 votes out of 24,880 total votes cast, good for 57.41 percent, according to unofficial returns from the BOE website.

Poulidis took home 6,121 votes, or 24.6 percent, despite not running a real campaign.

Perhaps the most shocking result was Graziano’s distant third. In September, the land use consultant and civic activist challenged Vallone in the Democratic Primary and fell only 600 votes short, roughly 45 percent of the vote.

In the 23rd Council District in eastern Queens, incumbent Barry Grodenchik fended off a challenge by Republican Joseph Concannon and independent John Lim.

Grodenchik collected 14,837 votes, or 64.67 percent in an easy victory.

Other winners include Rory Lancman, who cruised to victory of Reform Party candidate Mohammad Rahman, and Peter Koo, who ran unopposed.

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