You can now remove “former” from Councilman Jim Gennaro’s title.
The eastern Queens representative, who resoundingly won a special election on February 2 with 60 percent of the vote, officially fills the vacancy created by the departure of former Councilman Rory Lancman.
Lancman left the City Council early for a role in the Cuomo administration. Gennaro will serve the remainder of the term, which goes until the end of the year.
If Gennaro wants to hold onto the seat for a full four-year term, he will have to win the primary and general election this year.
After his special election win was certified by the NYC Board of Elections, Gennaro was sworn into office via Zoom.
“I am humbled by and grateful to the people of the 24th Council District who returned me to office with more than 60 percent of the vote in an eight-candidate field,” he said. “I am overwhelmed by their support and I promise to live up to the trust that the people have placed in me.”
Gennaro said he is now hiring staff to serve his constituents, and he has already interviewed some “very talented and committed people.”
Constituents can reach his office at 718-217-4969.